• 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, 01 July, ITS HOT and the lake level on Millwood continues falling, currently at approx 5.5 inches above normal conservation pool and falling (as of Monday) at 259.7 ft-msl; and the discharge was near 10,225 CFS in Little River according to the USACE. The tailwater below the dam and gates, as of Monday is falling, approx 240 ft-msl. Water temps continued improving 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.


    Be advised USACE has a planned drawdown for Millwood Lake to commence in mid-July. Use caution navigating on Millwood Lake during affected drawdown conditions when stumps, timber and debris will be at or near surface pool!!


    ***Be Advised, there are at least 2 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 NUMEROUS RIVER BUOYS are MISSING along Little River from Yarborough to main lake clear-cut.


    USACE are working to replacing missing buoy markers in Little River.

    NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at White Cliffs Campground on Little River.


    Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 83ºF early to 91ºF range later under full sun, depending on location. Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for random, broken, or floating timber.


    Clarity and visibility continue improving over the past week, but remain stained in places, especially up river. The main lake and lower sections of Little River continue to improve, are not quite as stained or muddy as the upper regions of Little River and Saline River. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is moderate stain, ranging approx 10-15 inches. Little River's visibility ranges 2-4 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 15-18 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:


    Largemouth Bass: The best Bass bite over the past several weeks continues to be early morning and late afternoon around dusk, best from dawn to around 10am. Largemouth Bass have been really active before dawn to around 9am; cloud cover mornings being best activity, over the past few weeks, and activity levels have slowed during the heat of the day with the increase of surface temperatures in the mid to upper 80's range during the heat of the day. Best baits drawing reactions, over the past week or so have been plastic Frogs, and Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook working in new Lily Pad growth, Jitterbugs, Buzz Baits, and Baby Torpedoes at daybreak. Best color of frogs have been Snot Rocket, Black, and June Bug in new lily pads. Firecracker and fire tiger BuzzBaits are working at dawn. Slow-rolling chatterbaits near flooded bushes and stumps will draw random strikes, with firecracker and hot mouse being good colors in stained water. StutterSteps, Spit'n Images, Ken Pops, Pop R's and Moss Bosses continue to draw random reactions from Largemouths, around vegetation and new pads. Topwater activity levels have slowed later in the day with the increased heat over the past couple weeks. Top water activity is still very good at dawn.


    Shallow running squarebill, 2.0 & 3.0 crankbaits, S-cranks, and Echo 1.75's are still working, by deflecting and banging them off standing timber or stumps, from 6-9 feet deep, will take a few random, bass around 14-15" in length. Spinnerbaits in Firecracker have been drawing a few reactions near cypress trees and vegetation, all from 6-8 feet deep. In the clearer water of the oxbows, better spinnerbait or chatterbait colors are Firecracker, Spot Remover, or Hot Mouse colors for the last couple weeks. In the more stained areas, the White/Chartreuse and FireTiger were drawing best reactions. Best color of cranks in the oxbows, like the 2.0 S-cranks, and Echo 1.75 squarebills, for the past few weeks have been the Bold Bluegill, Millwood Magic, and Ghosts. Rat-L-Traps in Millwood Magic and White Smoke will get a slow, random reaction from 15-18" Bass over the past couple weeks in creek channels leading in and out of spawning flats worked slower and deeper in the creeks. Squarebill S-cranks and shallow running crankbaits in shad or bluegill and bream patterns are working near creek mouths and points extending into the oxbows for the past week or so, as Largemouths have pulled out to deeper sections of creek channels and points dumping into the oxbows. Working the cranks in a stop and go, slow retrieve will draw a better reaction than fast retrieves.

    Bang Skunk Apes, Beaver Bugs, and Magnum 4" Gitzit tubes continue working for the last couple weeks deeper into the creek channels. Best colors for the past couple weeks working best have been South African Special, PB&J, Watermelon Candy, black/blue, and black neon.

    Heavy, big, bulky 10"-12" worms are picking up a few random reactions from Largemouth Bass in creek channels, creek mouths dumping into oxbows, and points. Power worms, and Ole Monster 10"-12" worms in June-Bug/Red, Black, Plum, Red Shad, or Blue Fleck colors have been drawing random reactions from lethargic, Largemouths along steeper ledges, and near stumps and cypress trees in creek channels and near creek mouth junctions, points, and intersecting feeder creeks dumping into the oxbows.


    White Bass: Whites were found again late last week surface breaking and schooling on shad and bait in Horseshoe Lake oxbow up Little River. Hammered Cordell Spoons with red/white bucktails, Chrome/black or chrome/blue, and Millwood Magic Rat-L-Traps, Spin Traps, and Bomber Fat Free Guppy cranks were catching these surface schoolers breaking on shad.


    Crappie: have been consistently biting jigs and minnows near cypress trees 4-8' deep and planted brush piles out of River current from 8-12 feet deep. Crappie over the past couple weeks continue to be transitioning to deeper drops, near standing timber or planted brush piles but can still be caught early on base of cypress trees. They have been best vertical jigging minnows, Arkie Jigs, and minnows. Best bite is early from dawn til around 10am shallow on Cypress trees with minnows.

    Cats: Channel Cats and Blues remain very good in Little River current and flow, up to 7-8lbs, on trot lines and yo-yo's set 8-12 feet deep in Little River using spoiled chicken livers, gizzards, and hearts. Yo-yo's set under Cypress trees, using cut shad and buffalo, in Mud Lake, from 7-9 feet hung from tree limbs were catching some decent blues.


    Bream: Mason Bream and Bluegills were biting very good from a report we got from Millwood State Park late last week. Catalpa worms, crickets, red worms, nightcrawlers, and bread were drawing best reactions, fished off the bank after dusk.


    Lake Level & River Conditions Report


    ****Be Advised, there are at least 2 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 and NUMBERS of MISSING RIVER BUOYS ARE STILL ABSENT FROM YARBOROUGH TO TO THE CLEARCUT ON OPEN WATER!


    USACE ARE WORKING TO REPLACE MISSING RIVER BUOYS ALONG LITTLE RIVER.


    Be advised USACE has planned drawdown for Millwood Lake to commence in mid-July. Use caution navigating on Millwood Lake during affected drawdown conditions when stumps, timber and debris will be at or near surface pool!!


    Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 83ºF early to 91ºF range, depending on location.


    Lake level as of Monday remains approx 5.5" inches above normal conservation pool, at 259.7 ft-msl and falling (as of Monday) with current and discharge near 10,225 CFS as of Monday. Normal consv. pool is 259.20 feet. The tailwater level as of Monday, approx 240 ft-msl. 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 ZONES are in effect at both, northern and southern, ends of 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.

    Clarity and visibility is improving, moderate stain, but muddy further up river. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 5-6 inches. Little River's visibility is muddy up river, but improving further down to the main lake, the river clarity ranges 2-4 inches depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 10-20 inches depth of visibility depending on location. Little River above McGuire oxbow is rolling muddy with current. Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms.

    Be sure to note, NO WAKE ZONE in affect on Little River at White Cliffs Campground, being enforced by AGFC.


    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!!







    Mike Siefert
    Owner/Operator
    www.MillwoodGuideService.com
    P.O.Box 4957
    Texarkana, AR/TX/USA 75505-4957
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