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Date 18-Apr-18
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Conditions : Little Red River: James Dillard of Tailwater Fishing Co. in Searcy says the fishing on the Little Red has been excellent. The Army Corps of Engineers has been running two units of water each day for 14-16 hours each day, providing good fishing when the turbines are turned off. The best fishing has been in the falling/lower water levels. Lots of caddis can be seen hatching on sunny days and the fish have been very actively feeding. Hot flies have been soft hackles and sowbugs. Trout Magnets in pink, white and chartreuse have been working very well, also.

Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service said the Greers Ferry Lake has returned to seasonal pool and we are seeing favorable water release for wade and drift-fishing in all sections of the river. For fly-fishing, we recommend soft hackles, gold ribbed hare’s ear, caddis pupa, sowbugs and streamers. Hot pink and white bodies on chartreuse heads are recommended for Trout Magnet spin fishing. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District water data system (501-362-5150) for Greers Ferry Dam water release information or check the Corps of Engineers website (swl-wc.usace.army.mil) for real-time water release and the Southwestern Power Administration website (swpa.gov) to see forecasted generation schedule.

Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said the rollercoaster ride continues. The Little Red area went from spring back to winter and now spring has returned. The storms last Friday night dropped about 2 inches of rain and raised the lake level about a foot. This caused the generation to be increased back to two generators running for 12 hours per day. Times of this generation vary so check the proposed generation for the next day.
Greg says that Monday was a tough day due to the new generation and fluctuation of the water level in the river but Tuesday was good by staying ahead of the generation. Insect hatches are beginning to occur on the river with caddis and March browns beginning to appear. Both are being taken subsurface so nymphs or caddis pupa are a good choice of flies. This generation pattern will continue until the lake reaches normal pool. It looks like another weather event is due this weekend so we’ll have to watch this.

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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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