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Little Red River Sponsored by
Date 10-Aug-17
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Conditions : Little Red River: Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service said the Little Red is receiving around 4-6 hours of generation on weekdays and lesser amounts on weekends. Midges, soft hackles and sowbugs, along with Wooly Buggers, are working well for fly anglers. White-colored Trout Magnets are recommended for 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 so far it’s a great August on the Little Red with clear water and cooler than normal weather. Afternoon generation has been the rule with generation beginning about 1 pm. during the week and sometimes later on the weekend. There has been a blue-wing olive hatch mid-day to early afternoon and the bite is best during this time. Midge pupas, small pheasant tail nymphs, and small fox squirrel nymphs have been the best choices. During the hatch, size 20 or 18 mayfly emergers have been taking browns. Try fishing them dry or just under the surface when the fish are rising. Hope everyone is enjoying the low water. Please remember to limit your kayak or canoe trips to the low-water sections on the river. It makes for a much more enjoyable and safer outing. Be safe and respect the high water during generation.

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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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