• Millwood Lake Fishing Report - AR

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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 Tuesday, Millwood Lake is approaching normal again, currently 0" above normal pool and stable. Millwood Lake pool elevation near 259.23 ft-msl; and the discharge around 8,800 CFS in Little River according to the USACE. The tailwater below the dam and gates, as of Monday remains around 240 ft-msl and falling 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.


    Millwood State Park and Marina are open and have reopened the State Park for campers. See the CV-19 related information, and camping reservation requirements at https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/p...ood-state-park


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


    * We noted numerous missing river markers (or NONE) along Little River from Yarborough point, down river to open lake for 2 weeks! Use extreme 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 stable this week ranging between 77F early to 85F 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 is stained. Little River muddy this week, worse further upriver 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, with stain this week. Clarity & visibility along Little River at 3-6 inches. The oxbow's clarity moderate stain, ranging approx 12-18 inches depth of visibility depending on location, several oxbow lakes have heavy stain and muddy clarity. 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: Soft plastic jerk baits like Bass Assassin Shads, soft plastic frogs, Ken Pops, and Pop R's are seeing improved reactions over the past few days with the lake approaching normal pool. Spinnerbaits continue working near lily pads and grass lines. Most Largemouths are active early at daybreak for a few hours, in the oxbows of McGuire, Mud, and Horseshoe Lakes. Echo 1.75 crankbaits in ghost minnow and Millwood Magic are on an improved reaction bite over the past week. SB-57 squarebills in Tennessee Shad, Bluegill, and Sneaky Shad are getting good responses over the past few days.


    Bass Assassin Shads, and soft plastic frogs are still getting the best responses at dawn, from 2-5 feet of depth around stumps, lily pads, and bushes. Dead-sticking Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook near cover, grass, and stumps, have been catching some decent 15-18" Largemouths up to 5 pounds each for the past couple weeks. Best colors of Shad Assassins over the past few weeks continue to be the Salt-N-Pepper Silver Phantom, Pumpkinseed/chartreuse, or Houdini colors. Bulky 10" Power Worms were getting fair responses over the past week and best colors have been the junebug, blue fleck, chartreuse pumpkin, or solid black grape.


    Spinnerbaits and chatterbaits in firetiger color for stained water, or Spot Remover if you can find clear water, and Chatterbaits, continue to get random bites this week too. Best chatterbait colors in the stained water clarity are firetiger, or Black/blue. If you find any decent water clarity far away from current of Little River, best colors were Millwood Mayhem Bream. Best depth zones we are targeting over the past week were flooded bushes, alligator weeds, and lily pads from 1-4 feet depths, with 10-15 feet depths in close proximity.


    White Bass: have become more scattered over the past week with the muddy current in Little River. Not much to report on White Bass this week.


    Crappie: Crappie continue biting well over the past couple weeks. Best bite continues to be early this week for Crappie. Minnows and jigs have been working away from current and flow of Little River, in any clearer water sections of the oxbows and Millwood State Park, Okay Landing and Saratoga areas near cypress trees from 3-5 feet deep and planted brush piles from 10-14 feet of depth. The Crappie responses continue to improve and hitting small jigs in chartreuse/white, chartreuse/blue, and black. Millwood State Park continues seeing good activity in the pockets and coves near cypress trees and grass from 4-6 feet of depth. Saratoga and Okay landing areas continue to be good areas, giving up some nice healthy 2-3lb Crappie over the past several weeks.


    Cats: Improved over the past week with increased current in Little River. Cut shad and buffalo, chicken livers, and Punch baits were working well for 2-4 pound Blues and Channel cats on trot lines from 8-12 feet deep and yo-yos hung from cypress trees.


    Bream: continue biting well on crickets and worms, from the bank around Millwood State Park, and the floating dock at Jack's Isle, and Yarborough Landing, and in the oxbows upriver over the past couple weeks.




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    Millwood Lake is normal pool at 259.23 ft-msl; and the discharge around 8,500 CFS in Little River, on Tuesday according to the USACE. The tailwater below the dam and gates, is around 240 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.


    Millwood State Park and Marina are open and have reopened the State Park for campers. See the CV-19 related information, and camping reservation requirements at https://www.arkansasstateparks.com/p...ood-state-park


    Navigation on Millwood Lake is cautioned this week.


    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!


    There are numerous missing Little River buoy markers (or NONE) 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 77F early to 85F 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 heavy stain. Visibility ranges approx 3-6 inches along Little River, with current, depending on location. The oxbow's clarity continue improving ranging approx 12-18 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. 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.

    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.


    Thanks again and we look forward to working to help you on Millwood Lake!


    Of course, email or call anytime, and know how much we appreciate your use of our services!
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