• Millwood Lake Fishing Report - AR

    Millwood Lake Guide Service
    (870) 772-6840 http://www.millwoodguideservice.com/index.html MillwoodLakeGSvc@aol.com
  • Millwood Lake Guide Service has been featured numerous times on the popular TV show Fishing Country with Charlie Pack. We guide for Largemouth bass, White bass, Kentucky bass, and Crappie. Since 1990, Millwood Lake Guide Service has supported and worked with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and The US Army Corps of Engineers regularly, Catch and Release Foundation, Black Bass Federation and Restoration Projects

  • Millwood Lake Fishing Report - AR

    As of Monday, 04 March, Millwood Lake pool is slowing dropping in elevation, from last week, now approx 14" above normal pool. USACE made gate changes at the dam on Monday and are releasing around 16,000 CFS on Monday. Millwood lake is above normal conservation pool on Monday at 260.4 ft-msl. The tailwater below the dam is also back on the drop, and as of Monday is now approx 241.3 ft-msl, with USACE gates release at the dam. Water temps fell over the past week. Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful links page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. Watch for sudden gate changes and debris, which will increase with current in Little River. Navigation is cautious, and floating debris is back very visible this week.





    For more information on Millwood Lake levels, contract work, and maintenance, contact the Millwood Project Office at 870-898-3343.


    ***Be Advised, there are at least 3-5 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE NORTH END OF "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE. USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS and THERE ARE MANY MISSING RIVER BUOYS ALONG LITTLE RIVER FROM YARBOROUGH POINT TO PARALOMA TRAIL!!*** USE EXTREME CAUTION IN NAVIGATION ALONG LITTLE RIVER UNTIL USACE HAS HAD TIME TO REPLACE THE MISSING BUOYS AND POLE MARKERS!!

    NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at White Cliffs Campground on Little River, and marked with No-Wake buoys. USACE are working with contractors to replace missing river buoys as soon as possible.


    Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 42F early to 49F range later under full sun, depending on location. Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood this week, watching for random, broken, or floating timber with the current conditions of river flow in Little River. Navigation is normal conditions with the current discharge.


    Clarity and visibility conditions slightly improved over the past few days with increase of current along Little River and navigation is considered cautious along Little River with the current discharge around 16,000CFS. Some debris remains present in Little River current, use caution. Further up river finds highest turbidity rates. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 5-8 inches. Little River is stained and visibility ranges 3-6 inches with stained conditions, depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 10-16 inches depth of visibility depending on location. Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.


    To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office. To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free Millwood Project information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corp of Engineers project is open, at 877-444-6777. Call the Millwood State Park at 870-898-2800. Call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for an officer, biologist, or to report AGFC regulation violation at 800-482-9262. Also reach the US Corps of Engineers at 870-898-3343 for more information.

    The Details: (see client's photo attached 7-8lbs)


    Largemouth Bass: The bite for bass over the past few days, continues to be a hit and miss from all the recent cold frontal passages, best during the mid day hours in the oxbows and pockets along main lake. Good reactions are getting bit with Bomber, Bandit, and random squarebill crankbaits, large bulky Hogs, Gitzit tubes, Bang Fat Jobs, and 6" lizards are getting good responses, but bite frequency went to a more random pattern with the colder temps this week. The best locations over the past few weeks have been in the back of the oxbows and pockets along main lake, where water conditions and clarity are best. With cold weather dipping into south Arkansas this week, the best bite certainly was during warmest periods of the day, from 12 to 1 pm, along 9-15 feet deep, on points in oxbows, away from Little River muddy current, with stumps and new lily pad shoots, being prime locations. We continue to see good Bass reactions with crankbaits, 3/4oz slow-rolled War Eagle Spinnerbaits, and Rat-L-Traps in the creeks between 10-15 feet of depth. The best crankbaits drawing reactions over the past few weeks were Squarebill Cranks in craw patterns, and Bandit Cranks in brown/orange Crawfish patterns. Rat-L-Traps and Echo 1.75's in shad patterns like Millwood Magic, red chrome, Toledo Gold, and Echo 1.75's in Rayburn Red Craw, Pinch'n Peach, or Ghost Minnow continue working near mid-day warmer periods, in back of the oxbows away from muddy Little River current flows in clarity slightly better than close to Little River current. The cranks are still drawing random reactions, by deflecting the Traps around and over stumps in creek channels with any cypress trees, standing timber, and stumps. Bulky, fat tube jigs like 4" Gizzits, Brush Hogs, Bang XX FAT JOBS, and lizards, Real Deal Custom Tackle Jigs continue taking a few chunky, Largemouths in the creek channels from 10-15 feet deep on stumps, and on primary points with stumps from 6-10 feet deep. Green Pumpkin, Pumpkinseed/chartreuse, chartreuse pumpkin, and Blackberry colors continue to be good colors for soft plastic brush hogs or lizards from solitary Bass. A slow moving, Real Deal Custom Tackle jig in Texas Craw, Black/blue, Amber/chartreuse, or June Bug, with black craw trailer continue this week getting a few good reaction bites near stumps, from 9-12 feet of depth in outer bends of creeks and ditches with cypress trees.


    War Eagle Spinnerbaits in white/chartreuse, or Hot Mouse colors are still working from last week, and getting good reactions in the oxbows fished slow from 7-10 feet of depth. If the water clarity is heavier stained, we are switching over to a Fire Tiger color in the dirtier water. Chatterbaits in Firetiger, Chartreuse/orange Bream, and Dirty Blue-Dog colors with a beaver or Bang Boss Shiner swim bait trailer are catching solid, random, Bass from 5-8 pounds.


    White Bass: A few White Bass were caught on Little Georges, Cleos, Rooster Tails, Rocket Shads, and Rat-L-Traps up Little River between McGuire Oxbow and entrance to Cemetery Slough over the past week. The White Bass are evidently still on the move upriver, and staging in preparation for their annual spawning runs up the Little River to headwaters above highway 71 bridge.


    Crappie: continue improving in the oxbows, clearest water you can find being the most activity areas, and are stacked up vertically over planted brush with jigs from 12-15 feet of depth. Best colors of jigs over the past couple weeks or so have been white/chartreuse, red/white, or blue/chartreuse.

    Cats: Blues and Channel Cats continue biting well on trot lines set in the current of Little River, and in back of Mud Lake where current from Little River is bleeding through, set from 12-18 feet deep. Yo-Yos set from cypress trees over 8-12 feet deep in back of Mud Lake are still catching some nice 3-5 lb cats. Punch bait, chicken livers and gizzards, & homemade doughballs have been working for cats over the last several weeks on the Yo-Yos and trot lines.



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    Millwood Lake and Little River conditions improved slightly from last week now that the lake has returned to a falling condition. Little River Conditions are still cautious due to debris in high release current rates. There are numerous missing river marker buoys from Yarborough point to Paraloma Trail. Several more missing along Little River from Paraloma to the clear cut on main lake. Clarity improved from last week, although river debris still present, at 14 inches above normal pool. Elevation remains falling with increased current of Little River is around 16,000 CFS. Exercise increased caution during navigation on Millwood Lake along Little River with the changing release rates and river flow conditions, as some debris and logs are present in current flow and discharge rates. Always use caution during navigation along Little River with current, or high flow conditions. Expect to see normal pool possibly by next week with no additional rainfall.

    **** Be Advised, there are at least 3-5 BROKEN, MISSING, or DAMAGED BOAT LANE MARKERS ON THE "LITTLE GAS LINE TO HIGHLINE BOAT LANE" FROM RECENT FLOOD DAMAGE. USE EXTREME CAUTION IN THE UPPER END OF THE BOAT LANE FROM THE HIGH LINE TO THE LITTLE GAS LINE CUTOFF AND WATCH FOR MISSING OR DAMAGED TELEPHONE POLE LANE MARKERS! THERE ARE NUMEROUS MISSING RIVER BUOYS FROM YARBOROUGH TO PARALOMA TRAIL ALONG LITTLE RIVER! USE EXTREME CAUTION IN NAVIGATION WITH DEBRIS SCATTERED ALONG LITTLE RIVER AND MISSING RIVER BUOY MARKERS!!! USE EXTREME CAUTION IN NAVIGATION ALONG LITTLE RIVER UNTIL THE USACE HAS HAD SUFFICIENT TIME TO REPLACE MISSING RIVER BUOYS AND POLE MARKERS!!


    Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 42F early to 49F range, depending on location and time of day. Navigation is cautious with wide debris fields present in heavy current flow. USACE are working to replace missing buoys as soon as possible.

    Normal consv. pool is 259.2 ft-msl. Monday's pool elevation is 260.4 ft-msl. The tailwater level is near 241 ft-msl and rising. Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions, floaters, broken limbs, logs, and debris along Little River during navigation. New NO-WAKE ZONE in effect at White Cliffs Campground on the river, and marked with river buoys. Be advised, no tolerance of boat wakes within the marked area, is being enforced by AGFC along the river. Watch for increased current and debris in Little River.

    Clarity and visibility slightly improved over the past couple days. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-8 inches. Little River's visibility is stained up river, the river clarity ranges 3-6 inches depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 10-16 inches depth of visibility depending on location. Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.


    To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Tony Porter at the Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office. To receive project updates, daily lake level information updates, gate release flows, tailwater information, park and campground information, or volunteer, call the US Army Corps of Engrs toll-free information line at 888-697-9830 or the US Army Corps of Engineers' main number to verify another Corps of Engrs project is open, at 877-444-6777.


    Wear your Life Jacket and kill switch!! If you are suddenly or unexpectedly thrown from your boat, it could be your only chance of survival. Use caution navigating Little River in low light conditions, SLOW DOWN, and pass friendly to other boaters! As always, careful watch for any random floaters and debris in Little River's current, and wearing your PFD and kill switch is a requirement!


    Visit with us on our website, YouTube, and on Facebook, for the most current Millwood Lake fishing and water conditions report, updated weekly. See some great catch and release photos, sponsor links, tons of great information and resources on the lake available to you, along with excellent related direct links to Arkansas' State Parks, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Black Bass Program, The US Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas.com and tons more great fishing stuff....


    Use extreme caution in navigation, wear your life jacket and let us know how we can help you GET OUT THERE!





    'Get The Net.............


    Mike Siefert
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