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Date 11-Jul-19
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Conditions : Millwood Lake: Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said as of Monday in the middle of July in southwestern Arkansas, “it’s STILL HOT and the lake level on Millwood is nearing normal conservation pool. The discharge was near 6,730 cfs in Little River, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. The tailwater below the dam and gates as of Monday is falling and is about 236 feet msl. Water temps continued improving over the past week. Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on the guide service’s website linked above, or at the Army Corps of Engineers website, for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions.

Mike says the best bass activity over the past few weeks continues to be early morning and late afternoon around dusk. Largemouth bass have been really active before dawn to around 9 a.m.; cloud cover mornings remain to be best overall surface activity over the past few weeks, with bite shutting down during the heat of the day. Best baits over the past week or so have been plastic frogs, Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook working in new lily pad growth, Jitterbugs, buzzbaits, Heddon Dying Flutters, or Johnson Silver Minnows with a grub trailer, all at daybreak. Best color of frogs thrown in the new lily pads have been Snot Rocket or black. Firecracker or Hot Spot Remover buzzbaits are working at dawn. Slow-rolling chatterbaits near flooded bushes and stumps will draw random strikes, with Firecracker and Hot Mouse being good colors in stained water. StutterSteps, Spit'n Images, Ken Pops, Pop-R’s and Moss Bosses continue to draw random reactions from largemouths around grass lines, vegetation and new pads. Topwater activity levels have slowed later in the day with the increased heat over the past couple weeks, with the exception of schooling yearling bass, Kentucky bass, and white bass in the oxbows near daybreak.

White bass were found as of a couple weeks ago schooling on shad in the oxbows at dawn, and surface breaking on shad and bait in Horseshoe and McGuire lakes in the oxbows up Little River where water clarity is best. Hammered Cordell Spoons with red/white bucktails, chrome/black or chrome/blue, and Millwood Magic colored Rat-L-Traps, Spin Traps and Bomber Fat Free Guppy cranks in Citrus Shad were catching these surface schoolers breaking on shad. Crappie have been consistently biting jigs and minnows near cypress trees for the past several weeks. The 4- to 8-foot-deep deep cypress trees are holding fish early, with planted brush piles out of river current from 8-12 feet deep holding fish later in the day. Crappie continue transitioning to deeper drop, near standing timber or planted brush piles, but can still be caught early on base of cypress trees. They have been best vertical-jigging minnows, Arkie Jigs and minnows. Best bite is early from dawn until around 10 a.m. shallow on cypress trees with minnows. Channel cats and blues are still feeding very well in Little River, up to 5-6 pounds, on trotlines and yo-yos set 9-14 feet deep in Little River using spoiled chicken livers, gizzards and hearts. Yo-yos set under cypress trees in Mud Lake using cut shad and buffalo, from 9-10 feet hung from tree limbs, were catching some decent blues over the past couple of weeks. Mason bream and bluegills were biting very good from a report Mike got from Millwood State Park a couple weeks ago. Catalpa worms, crickets, redworms, nightcrawlers and bread were drawing best reactions. Fish off the bank after dusk.

NOTE: The USACE has a planned drawdown for Millwood Lake to commence in mid-July. Use caution navigating on Millwood Lake during affected drawdown conditions when stumps, timber and debris will be at or near surface pool. Surface temps as of Monday ranged near 80 degrees early to 89 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. Clarity and visibility continue improving over the past week, but remain stained in places, especially upriver.

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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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