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Date 25-Jun-22
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Conditions : Millwood Lake: - As of Thursday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 259.26 feet msl (normal pool: 259.20 feet msl; top flood elevation is 287.0 feet msl). Total outflow at the dam is 213 cfs.

Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said that as of Tuesday, Millwood Lake is at normal conservation pool, 259.2 feet msl and stable. Clarity improved this week along Little River and in the oxbows. Millwood Lake tailwater elevation is near 227 feet msl with gate discharge at the dam around 1,000 cfs in Little River, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on the guide service’s website linked above, or the Army Corps of Engineers website, for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels. Watch for random floaters and broken timber as well as river buoys that may be out of the channel from recent high wind during any navigation on Little River and Millwood Lake.
Mike says he’s been out of pocket for the last few days but has been talking everyday with everyone and not much has changed in terms of fishing. The lake has warmed a little and the lake is at a stable level now. “A few more white bass were randomly found also late last week after last week's report was published, and crappie are randomly biting like every 2-3 days,” he said. Surface temps are stable this week, ranging 85-90 degrees depending on location and the time of day. Current along Little River has normal stain levels this week with reduced discharge release at the dam, and river clarity ranging 5-10 inches visibility depending on location. Clarity and visibility of oxbows are normal stain, and visibility is about 20 inches depending on location. Further up Little River near White Cliffs and Wilton Landing has heavier stain conditions. Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, gate discharge, rain or thunderstorms. Mike says the fishing specifics have not changed since last week:
* Largemouth bass are good in the early mornings and late evenings with best activity in the oxbows up Little River, early and late in the day. Bass have been moving horizontally out to deeper water drops and vertical structures during the heat of the afternoons, being shallow to stumps, vegetation, lily pads and cypress knees at dawn, early and late. Bass have been very good on topwater lures for the past couple of weeks around emerging new lily pad stands and vegetation at daylight. Nice, healthy 3- to 4-pound bass have been striking various topwater lures on shallow flats near stumps and laydowns early for the past few weeks. Good bass will bust a buzzbait, Bass Assassin Shad or topwater plastic frogs in the pads early. Big, 7- to 10-inch bulky Brush Hogs and worms, slow-moving square-bill crankbaits and Vhatterbaits will get a reaction from bass near laydown logs, cypress trees, knees and stumps where ridges, ditches and flats are close to deeper creek channels and vertical structure. Several nice and healthy largemouths have been recently caught and released from 4- to 6-pounds over the past several weeks.
Once the sun gets up above the tree line in the late morning, largemouths are moving toward creek channels, ditches and vertical structure where flats drop into 8-12 feet zones. Bass Assassin Shads, Horny Toads hollow body frogs, buzzbaits and Chatterbaits continue working until the sun gets above the horizon, with the best activity period from daylight to around 10 a.m. The oxbows over the past couple weeks have had the best water clarity – like Horseshoe, Clear Lake and McGuire – and will produce best topwater reactions. Chatterbaits in black/blue/purple, or Spring Bream with chartreuse, are taking nice 2- to 3-pound largemouths near stumps in 3-6 feet deep.
War Eagle Smokey Joe-colored Underspins with a 3.5-inch Bass Assassin Lit'L Boss swimming bait trailer are catching fish that miss a buzzbait or topwater frog early. If the bass blows up and misses your topwater bait, an immediate throwback past the missed strike with the Underspin and Lit'L Boss swimbait will get a reaction bite. “We are using the Underspin with a Chico''s Red Ear or Hammertime or Silver Flash Minnow-colored swimbait trailer to incite a reaction strike.”
Cordell Crazy Shads, Boy Howdy's and Spit'n Images are randomly working early. Brazalo Spinnerbaits continue working on windy days near grass and vegetation lines around lily pads and alligatorweed mats. Firetiger, Sexy Shad and Millwood Mayhem Bream colors are getting the best responses, catching keeper-size largemouths in oxbows, and in the pockets along the golf course and at Millwood State Park coves. “If you can find any remaining pond weed and emerging, standing vertical vegetation along Little River on the main lake body, these are good areas that will hold shad and largemouths willing to bust a Brazalo Spinnerbait.”
Bass Assassin Shads continue catching nice bass and best colors for the past few weeks include Salt n Pepper Silver Phantom, Houdini and Pumpkinseed/Chartreuse Shad colors. Work these in and around the same areas as the topwater frogs near new growth of vegetation lines, new bloom stands of lily pads, and buckbrush. Texas-rigged Bang Woopah Craws are working in these same areas near laydowns and stumps from 5-9 feet deep, and best colors in recent weeks have been the Okeechobee Craw, Black/Red Glitter and Blueberry. Bulky 10-inch Berkley Power Worms are working, and best colors of late have been Blue Fleck, Black Grape and Plum colors, fished in 8-9 feet of depth near stumps.
Salty Rat Tails, Senkos and Trick Worms continue randomly working in the edges of new lily pad stands and stumps near drop-offs from 7-10 feet deep in the oxbows. Best colors have been black/blue tail, Blue Glimmer or Blue Ice.
The white bass schools have scattered over the past few weeks, and we are still searching for the large schools of whites. Nothing consistent this week.
Crappie have been excellent over the past several weeks and have moved out from shallow cypress trees from spawning to planted brushpiles in 12-18 feet of depth in the oxbows and along Little River. The bite continues to be very good, just slightly deeper on planted brush along Little River. Healthy sized crappie around 2 to 2.25 pounds have been hitting jigs, Southern Pro Crappie Stingers 2.0, Pro Series Lit'l Hustlers and minnows over the past several weeks. Best colors over the past couple of weeks in the Southern Pro Crappie Stingers and Lit'l Hustlers have been black/chartreuse, Money, blue/silk/chartreuse swirl and black/orange.
Catfish are consistent this week along Little River. For several weeks the Blues, Flatheads, and Channels were fair to good on trotlines, yo-yos and tight lines. Spoiled chicken livers and gizzards, cut buffalo and shad, homemade cheese dough baits and King's Punch Bait have all been working over the past couple weeks.
Numerous bream beds are being observed in many locations on Millwood Lake from Millwood State Park, the golf course pockets on the west end, and in the oxbows along Little River. Largemouth bass are hanging nearby and will hit a bream-colored square-bill crankbait. The bream were hitting on redworms, crickets and bread at Millwood State Park a few days ago, just off the banks. It's a good time to take a kid bream fishing on Millwood Lake!

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About: - Millwood Lake is renowned for its fishing, with much of its more than 29,000 acres being flooded timber that provides exceptional cover for its wide variety of fish, including largemouth and spotted bass, crappie, white bass, striped bass, channel and flathead catfish and bluegills. Boat lanes lead the way through the timbered waters, and there are 5,000 acres of open water near the dam. Each year, the lake hosts numerous bass fishing tournaments and fishing derbies held by local and out-of-state organizations.

Located on the lake's southeast shore, Millwood State Park offers a full service marina and boat dock, 117 campsites, and hiking and biking trails. Corps of Engineers' recreational areas on the lake offer 230 campsites, picnic areas, boat launching ramps and group picnic shelters available by reservation.

Location: Millwood Dam is located on the Little River 16 river miles upstream from its confluence with the Red River. It is about seven miles east of Ashdown, Arkansas.
  • Black and White Bass
  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass
  • Blue Catfish
  • Crappie

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