• 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

    The Overall Picture:


    As of Monday, Millwood Lake has almost leveled out, and back on a slow fall from 4 feet above conservation pool with recent thunderstorms here. Millwood Lake is currently approx 3.5 feet above normal conservation pool, near 262.5 ft-msl; and the discharge around 23,000 CFS in Little River according to the USACE. The tailwater below the dam and gates, as of Monday is around 247 ft-msl with discharge. 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.


    Wilton Landing on Little River Highway 71 and White Cliffs campground and boat-ramp, along with Saratoga boat ramp are currently closed by the USACE due to flooding.


    Continue to use extreme caution in Little River navigation this week where logs and floaters may be present this week.


    25 more river buoys have been replaced marking Little River from mile marker 2 through mile 9, use caution where river current may have moved or damaged river buoys.


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


    Surface temps as of Monday, are ranging between 57F early to 65F 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 in Little River are in effect. Clarity in the oxbows with the recent 4 foot rise is stained. Little River stain is more prevalent this week, muddy in locations near Cossatot inflow and Wilton, with increase of current, and with random broken timber and debris.


    Clarity consistent in the back of the oxbows, but mud lines from Little River are pushing into those areas this week with rising river conditions along Little River this week. Clarity & visibility along Little River worsened with recent thunderstorms, ranging approx 3-5 inches in many locations. The oxbow's clarity moderate stain, 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: Millwood Lake has began a slow fall from the recent 4 foot rise above normal pool, increased current in Little River and the Largemouth Bass are being seen near spawning flats, roaming in search of bed sites near vertical structure. We are seeing mostly male Largemouths roaming in back areas of 3-8 feet depth creeks, and bedding flats on warm afternoons, near vertical structure. Brazalo Chatterbaits, and Spinnerbaits are randomly working over the past few weeks, and Rat-L-Traps, along with custom painted S-Cranks are getting fair responses over the past couple weeks from these active roaming Bass. 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 and they were moving shallow on afternoons, best responses from the heat of the afternoon, best from 11am-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 present. The best responses from Bass continue hitting on Rat-L-Traps are on the Red Chrome, Toledo Gold, Ozark Craw, and Red Rayburn Craw. Baby Brush Hogs & lizards continue taking some decent 15-18" male Largemouth Bass roaming flats in the clearer water sections of the Oxbows, away from River Current. With the water temps continuing into the upper 50's and low to mid 60's the males are active and females continue staging with a few seen on beds on top of flat cut or broken tree stumps. Where you find shallow 5-8 foot depth flats with stumps can find a few decent 2-3lb male Bass roaming on warm afternoons, if near to a quick creek bend drop into 8-12 feet structure. More bed making activities are being currently observed now. South Hickory golf course pockets continue warming up, and seeing prespawn male Bass run in and out near stumps and vegetation, as well. We continue to see good reactions from 2-3lb males over the past couple weeks, pitching lizards and baby Brush Hogs, Pit Bosses, and Beavers around cypress trees, flooded buck brush, bushes, and back of pockets. A young angler caught a nice 5-6 pound prespawn female Largemouth off the bank at Millwood State Park this week, and another angler fishing near there showed off a nice healthy 9.5 pound Largemouth with bloody tail from nest tending near the Millwood State Park.


    Best reaction colors of Chatterbaits and Spinnerbaits as of lately have been Chartreuse& White, Millwood Mayhem Bream, Spot Remover, or Arkansas River Shad. Best depth zones we are targeting are cypress tree knees from from 6-10 feet, with 12-15 feet of depth nearby. We continue seeing the male Bass roaming the flats from 2-4 pounds each, moving in shallow 3-5' deep bedding areas. The larger females are beginning to move up, near points or creek channel bends and vertical structure drops where broken timber and stumps are present, toward the spawning flats and several have been observed on beds. 6"- 8" Lizards in black/blue tail, junebug, blackberry, and watermelon candy have been picking up some cruising Bass near stumps, on drops into 10' structure. Dipping the tail in chartreuse dye will also get you bit in the stained water clarity.


    Trick worms, trick sticks, and twitch worms in watermelon candy, black/blue, blue ice, and blue/purple ice, continue working over the past several days in 5-8' depths on stumps and cypress tree knees (see Client photo attached). Bass Assassin Shads in Salt & Pepper Silver Phantom, or Pumpkinseed, by dead-sticking on stumps and cypress knees using a extremely-light wire hook, caught a few nice male and female Bass roaming in and out of flats to and from the creek channels. Several nice-size prespawn female Largemouth were hitting jigs using Tx Craw, Millwood Mayhem Bream, and Black/blue, using a black frog plastic trailer, upriver, over the last week.


    White Bass: Whites continue their annual spawning migration along Little River and mouths of the the oxbows and creek dumps, and running, up Little River. It continues this week also, in much the same areas as last week, but the muddy, sudden inflow of rain and muddy current slowed the White Bass prespawn feeding. Trolling medium to deep crankbaits and spoons along upper reaches of Little River will pick up an occasional White Bass. The sudden inflow of heavy rain and runoff and muddy water, has temporarily slowed the rapid-fire bite we were getting last week. 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, 2-3lb Whites over the 2-3 past weeks from 9-16 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 over the past several weeks. Swimming jigs with a heavy thumping tail swimbait trailer picked up a few White Bass in 10-14 feet swimming and dropping the bait. Deep running Fat Free Shad cranks in Tennessee Shad or Citrus Shad, H&H Spinnerbaits, red/white Rooster-Tails, Little Cleos, Little Georges, War Eagle Underspins, and swim-baits, all have been catching the White Bass over the past 2 weeks. With the increase of warm water temps we are seeing in the upper-50's, the White Bass spawning run up Little River near Patterson Shoals for annual migration, continues. The White Bass continue holding in the same areas.



    Crappie: Minnows and jigs were working 2 weeks ago near standing timber and creek channels in the clearer sections of the oxbows and golf course pockets, from 8-12 feet deep. The rapid 4 foot rise and muddy water has slowed the Crappie responses but we did pick up a few decent Crappie caught near Cypress trees in South Hickory hitting small spinnerbaits like a Rocket Shad or Little Cleo and Blakemore Roadrunners in white/chartreuse.


    Cats: continue biting consistent over the past few weeks with the increased current along Little River. Channel Cats and Blues remain good on Punch Bait and cut baits, over the last week on trot lines from 8-14 feet of depth in current.




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    Millwood Lake is now falling again from recent thunderstorms and 4 feet above normal conservation pool with increased current in Little River, currently near 262.58 ft-msl; and the discharge around 23,000 CFS in Little River, on Monday according to the USACE. That discharge and current can increase at anytime, more especially if rains continue here and eastern OK this week. The tailwater below the dam and gates, as of Monday is around 247 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.


    Wilton Landing on Little River Highway 71 and White Cliffs campground and boat-ramp, along with Saratoga boat ramp are currently closed by the USACE due to flooding.


    Navigation is cautioned this week, as Little River current condition has increased discharge rates and a few logs and floaters are present in the river flow current conditions.


    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 damaged or moved by current, river buoys on open water!


    The USACE has replaced Little River buoy markers from mile marker 2 through 9, use caution where buoys maybe moved or missing due to river current.


    Surface temps as of Monday, ranging in the 57F early to 65F late in the day, depending on location.


    USE CAUTION in navigation in random locations where logs and debris maybe present. Wear your life jacket and kill switch and watch for obstructions, floaters, broken limbs, logs, and debris along Little River.


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

    Clarity and visibility in Little River continues improving with reduced flow rates. As of Monday visibility ranges approx 5-10 inches along Little River, with current, depending on location. The oxbow's clarity continue improving ranging approx 15-30 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 away from Little River current, 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!!


    Our goal is simple, to help you and yours make rewarding fishing experience memories to last a lifetime and increase your knowledge of the vast resource known simply to locals as, "The Jungle" we call Millwood Lake.


    Our commitment is simple, whatever it takes to make our goal a reality. If we are able to coach and mentor folks with techniques and experience we have gained in fishing here for over 40 years, to help them be better fishermen long after their time spent with us has passed, then we have succeeded.
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