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Little Red River Sponsored by
Date 14-Sep-23
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Conditions : Little Red River: Mike Winkler of Little Red River Fly Fishing Trips/Little Red River Fly Guides (501-507-3688) said, “With the cooler temperatures we are having, the Little Red River is in its fall generation schedule. As of lately they are running one unit of generation for maybe 1 hour, sometimes more sometimes less. There's been no consistent start time and no consistent amount of water being released. On the weekends they might not run anything. “I'd expect this schedule to continue unless it starts to get hot again and they release more water for power demand. “With the low flows, the water temperature starts to rise later in the day and stresses the fish out; try to quickly land the fish and get them back into the water.
“The bite remains good, even in the low flows. Try fishing around the moss beds in the deep water. The fish are liking the slow deep pools when there's not much water being released. Pheasant Tail soft hackles and pink San Juan Worms underneath an indicator about 5-6 feet deep is what I'm fishing by the moss beds. The best bite is early morning or later in the evening before it gets dark.”

Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) in Sherwood said there was little change to report from the Little Red. The dam is running about 6 hours in the afternoon through the night. That makes the fishing really good early in the morning, particularly as first light. A No. 5 Rapala ShadRap and one-sixteenth-ounce and eighth-ounce Maribou Jigs in olive color have been working well. Also, a Trout Magnet and a little pink Trout Worm have been doing well below the shoals just letting the lure drift through. Anglers have been catching good numbers of rainbow trout. Brown trout are biting around wood, laydowns and logs. The best bet to catch browns is also a No. 5 ShadRap. The water has been pretty clear with very little color to it of late. For fly-fishing, later in the afternoons have provided a good opportunity for rainbows. At around 3 p.m., there has been a hatch of blue-wing or mayfly. Using a light olive color dry fly has been working for the trout bite.

Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service (501-250-0730) said, “We are experiencing minimal water release for the Little Red River from the Greers Ferry Dam. This pattern is creating some low water conditions. Lower sections are unfortunately seeing warm water conditions. Water release pattern could change if the need for hydropower increases over the next week.

“If you plan to fish the Trout Magnet, consider using pink and white-colored bodies on chartreuse jigheads. For fly-fishing, consider San Juan Worm, egg pattern, Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail and midges.

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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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