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Little Red River Sponsored by
Date 05-Dec-22
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Conditions : Little Red River: Mike Winkler of Little River Fly Fishing Trips (501-507-3688) said there is not much to report on as far as the generation schedule goes on the Little Red River. The Southwestern Power Administration has not been running much water at all, especially with the warmer weather we have been having along with Greers Ferry Lake being below power pool. “I'd expect the same till the weather gets colder and power demand goes up, SWPA will start to run water when cold weather sets in.

“The rainbow trout bite has been fair to good while we experience days without any water being generated. The fish are in the deep holes and deeper water near the moss beds or anywhere there's current. “We've been fishing either a pink, or peach San Juan worm, or I've been running egg patterns in peach, orange or apricot. Midges have also been producing. Try a double-nymph rig with an egg and midge dropper. Or any buggy pattern with a midge dropper. “I haven't seen any brown trout redds in or on the shoals like in years past, the low flows that we are having has, in my opinion, pushed the spawn back. Or they are spawning in the deeper water that holds gravel. “Try fishing small streamer patterns or by stripping crackleback emergers on a 150 grain sink line. Or floating line this has been producing a few brown trout for me lately.”

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About: - Little Red River: One of the most popular blue ribbon fishing and floating streams in Arkansas, the lower Little Red River are the tailwaters of Greers Ferry Dam near the town of Heber Springs. The Little Red eventually merges with the White River at the Hurricane Lake Wildlife Management Area just east of Searcy. The Ozark scenery is outstanding, and can offset one of those rare occasions when the fish aren't biting. The river is regularly stocked and for the most part fishes well all year round. In the cooler winter months larger browns tend to be more active.

The all-tackle, world record brown (40 pounds, 4 ounces) was caught in May 1992 in the Little Red River below Greers Ferry Lake by H. “Rip” Collins.

Access: The Corps of Engineers public ramp is located the north bank, next to the Federal Fish Hatchery, may be the easiest access to the upper portion of the river. Other public access points on the middle and lower stretches of the river. maintained by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, include Barnett (Winkley Bridge), Lobo (adjacent to Lobo Landing Trout Dock, Dripping Springs, and Ramsey. Four commercial boat docks also offer launch ramps.

Please note most of the land bordering the river is privately-owned and is posted.

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