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Date 01-Sep-17
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Conditions : Millwood Lake: Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said lake level was about 4 inches above normal conservation pool and steady at 259.5 feet msl. There was current of 1,090 cfs in Little River; tailwater about 228.4 feet msl. Water temps dropped slightly over the past week, and surface temperature Monday ranged near 77 degrees early to 85 degrees later under full sun (depending on location). Check lake level of Millwood Lake on Mike’s website helpful links page, or at the Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate-release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels. Use caution in navigation on Millwood Lake. Clarity and visibility continues improving from all the recent high winds and thunderstorms over the past week, depending on location, for the main lake and Little River. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity and visibility ranged 6-15 inches. Little River's visibility ranged 8-12 inches depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity ranged15-25 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.

Mike says cooler temperatures this week dropped the surface water temperature and schooling activities upriver are back again. Largemouth bass remain good around 2-4 pounds on topwaters early at dawn up to around 10 a.m. Bass continue to react the most aggressive at dawn in the oxbows of Little River where creek channels dump into main body water. Topwater bite at daybreak remains very good over the past few weeks on soft plastic frogs, buzzbaits, Stuttersteps, Baby Torpedoes, Heddon Dying Flutters and Jitterbugs. Soft plastic Bass Assassin Shads and topwater soft plastic frogs still draw good responses, early in the morning around vegetation and lily pads. Best color of buzzbaits over the past couple weeks included black/blue, Casper the Ghost and Firecracker/chartreuse around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels or in the river. Bass Assassin Shads continue working well and best reaction they have had remain on the Salt and Pepper Silver Phantom, or Grey Ghost, and on the Rainbow Trout colors. Best colors over the past couple weeks of the Stuttersteps are the Pro Blue, Ghost Shad, or Millwood Magic colors. The deep- and medium-diving crankbaits like the Bomber Fat Free Shad continue working across underwater points in Little River; squarebill crankbaits continue working in creek channel swings (outer bends and deflecting off stumps) and where creek mouths and sloughs feed and dump into the oxbows. Rat-L-Trap/Echo 1.75 squarebills are still catching bass with the Gizzard Shad, Ghost Minnow and Gold Shad being the best colors in the clearer backwaters away from current. Nice-size bass also continue biting on bulky 4-inch salty tubes with black/blue tail or appleseed/chartreuse tail colors working the past week. Ten-inch Magnum Berkley worms are still working, with best colors over the past week being black, black grape and blue fleck. When the morning topwater bite subsides, largemouths and whites that are grouped together near standing timber can be coaxed up with a ¼-ounce to ½-ounce jigging spoon vertically jigged near the standing timber from 8-15 feet of depth. Some days a bucktail spoon works better and other days no bucktail works better. Go figure? War Eagle Spinnerbaits in Firecracker with chartreuse colors, Spot Remover and Hot Mouse are working next to cypress tree knees and vegetation over the past couple weeks in the oxbows away from current in Little River, once the sun gets up, in the clearest water you can locate.

Mike says whites and hybrids are back to early and midmorning schooling activities with all the recent cloud cover and cooler daytime temps, away from river current in the oxbows. Clear Baby Torpedoes, Cordell Crazy Shads in chrome/black, Stuttersteps, Little Georges, Rocket Shads, Rooster Tails and Rat-L-Traps in chrome or Millwood Magic will bring in a good mess of these nomads. Crappie continue improving near standing timber and planted brush in the backs of the oxbows from 12-16 feet deep on vertical jigging spoons, small H&H's, paddle tail grubs and Blakemore Road Runners. Channel cats are biting well on trotlines set along outer bends of the river in timber from 10-15 feet deep using Charlie, cottonseed cakes, hot dogs and chicken livers. Yo-yos using shiners and minnows are catching some nice cats in the oxbows underneath cypress tree limbs from 7-9 feet deep.

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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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