• Millwood Lake Fishing Report - AR

    Millwood Lake Guide Service
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  • 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, Millwood Lake is approx 2 feet above normal conservation pool, near 260.9 ft-msl; and the discharge around 18,000 CFS in Little River according to the USACE. The tailwater below the dam and gates, as of Monday is around 244 ft-msl with discharge at the gates & dam. Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful link page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels, especially during high flow river conditions.




    Use extreme caution in Little River navigation this week where logs and debris fields are present in the high river flow current conditions this week.


    USACE recently replaced 19 missing buoy markers on Little River from Yarborough Point to Paraloma Trail, USE CAUTION where river buoys are still missing.


    25 more river buoys are in process to complete marking Little River from mile marker 2 through mile 9.


    NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect and marked with no-wake river buoys at White Cliffs Campground boat ramp on Little River.


    Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging near 45F early to 50F range later under full sun, depending on location. Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for stumps, random broken, or floating timber in Little River are in effect. Clarity continues improving in the oxbows with the river receding. Little River is heavy stain, moderate current, and with random broken timber and debris.


    Stain increased again with recent thunderstorms and wind, increased current in Little River over the past few days, and Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility is heavy stain, ranging approx 3-5 inches. Little River's visibility ranges 2-3 inches with current & heavy stain, depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 10-20 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 Trey Shelton 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 about drawdown conditions, Millwood Lake project work, or to report/inquire regarding safety or navigation hazards directly to the US Army Corps of Engineers Tri Lakes Project Office at Millwood.

    The Details:


    Largemouth Bass: With the recent rise a couple weeks ago in the main lake and Little River, the water clarity went from good to muddy with limbs, logs, wide debris fields and high river discharge at the dam. The week prior to the rise, Squarebill crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, Chatterbaits, and Spinnerbaits were working, mainly on shallow, roaming Bass. Rat-L-Traps, MR-6, Echo 1.75, and Little John cranks, were getting decent responses over the past few weeks. Anywhere a creek channel is close by to the deeper creek bends or vertical structure and drops into the oxbows, where stumps and creek mouths drop, have held some decent sized bass over the past several weeks. The best responses from Largemouth Bass, were during the heat of the afternoon, best from 12pm-3pm. The Largemouths were much more reliable in the oxbows of McGuire and Horseshoe Lakes where the water clarity was drastically better, water temps were warmer, and calm/no river current were present.


    RatLTrap MR-6 or Echo 1.75 medium diving cranks in Millwood Magic, Sunburst Shad, or Red Chrome and Craw colors were getting best reactions over the past several weeks, and Bass anglers have been able to find and hook into a nice mixed school of Largemouth and White Bass for the past couple weeks in McGuire Lake and Horseshoe Lake oxbows, up Little River. Majority of these roaming Bass were suspending near vertical structure for many hours of the day, and turn on like a light switch for a few hours under the warmest 2-3 hours of daylight, from 5-9 feet depth with 12-48 feet of depth nearby. Custom painted crankbaits in craw patterns, and Brazalo Chatterbaits in Millwood Mayhem Bream, Texas Craw, and Blue Violet using a black frog plastic trailer were catching roaming Largemouth Bass on sunny afternoons up on flats adjacent to vertical drops, in dead lily pad stems from 2-4 pounds each.


    Cordell or Kastmaster spoons, were connecting with vertical suspended Bass from 10-15 feet, when the water clarity was much better last week. This should return this week as well with the lake level beginning to stabilize and recede from the rapid, muddy rise 2 weeks ago.


    White Bass: Whites were roaming up Little River and the oxbows, dropping into deep wash-outs and ridges behind most major creek dumps to the river. Heavy thumping 3/4 and 1 oz Rat-L-Traps in Millwood Magic, chrome, or Splatterback colors, cranked very slow and deep behind primary or secondary points caught some decent Whites over the past week from 12-16 feet deep. A chrome 3/4oz Cordell hammered spoon with a red/white hair bucktail vertical jigging behind primary points near the bottom where stumps were located on the backside of points, were connecting with a few nice sized 2-3 pound Whites again this week. The Whites were stacked up behind points, just out of river current, from 12-15 feet deep were most reliable locations. Medium running Fat Free Guppy cranks in Tennessee Shad or Citrus Shad were picking up a few Whites that were near the top of school of the same suspended Whites. With the unseasonably warm water temps we are seeing, the White Bass are roaming Little River in preparation for a final blast run up to US Highway 71 and Patterson Shoals for annual spawning in a few weeks if nothing changes, and water temps stay in the 50F range. A few White Bass were caught in the Cossatot River's inflow ditch last week, although the water was very turbid and fast moving.


    Spotted Bass/Kentuckies: No Report.

    Crappie: No Report.


    Cats: Consistent over the past couple weeks with the increased current along Little River. 3-4 pound Channel Cats and Hi Fin Blues were biting chicken livers, gizzards, and Punch bait within the last week on trot lines from 10-16 feet of depth in current.






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    Millwood Lake is now approx 2 feet above normal conservation pool with heavy current in Little River due to recent thunderstorms, currently near 260.9 ft-msl; and the discharge around 18,000 CFS in Little River according to the USACE. The tailwater below the dam and gates, as of Monday is around 244 ft-msl. Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on our website helpful link page, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels, especially during high current release rates at the Millwood Dam. The Little River current condition with high discharge rates mandates extreme caution in Little River navigation this week where logs and debris fields are present in the high river flow current conditions, watching for broken timber, random limbs and floaters.


    USE 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 recently replaced 19 river buoy markers along Little River. Use caution in Little River where buoys are yet to be replaced, 25 more river buoy markers are in process to be replaced.


    Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging in the 45F early to 50F late in the day, depending on location.


    Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions, floaters, broken limbs, logs, and debris along Little River during navigation. NO-WAKE ZONES are in effect at White Cliffs Campground on Little River.

    Clarity and visibility in Little River is muddy with high flow rates. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity & visibility ranges approx 3-5 inches. Little River's visibility with current, is improving, the river clarity ranges 2-3 inches depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity currently ranging approx 10-15 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. The oxbows are better near the back, and Little River with high discharge rates and current is muddy. Use extreme caution navigating Little River.

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


    To volunteer for one of the cleanup dates or ramp and USACE park information, contact Trey Shelton 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 AGFC Florida Bass Stocking Program photos, 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!!




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    Mike Siefert
    Owner/Operator
    www.MillwoodGuideService.com
    P.O.Box 4957
    Texarkana, AR/TX/USA 75505-4957
    Shop: 870-772-6840


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