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Date 26-May-22
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Conditions : Little Red River: As of Thursday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the outflow at Greers Ferry Dam to be 6,030 cfs (both turbine and spillway) as of noon. The tailwater was 276.17 feet msl and rising

Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service (501-230-0730) said that with recent rains, Greers Ferry Lake is above top seasonal pool, creating unpredictable generation for the Little Red River. When water conditions are favorable, fishing has been good on all sections of the river. San Juan worms, pheasant tails, hare's ear, midges and streamers are good for fly-fishing. For Trout Magnet fishing, pink and cotton-candy-colored bodies on chartreuse or gold jigheads are recommended. 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)

Mike Winkler of Little River Fly Fishing Trips (501-507-3688) said Greers Ferry Lake is 6 feet above the power pool and rising. The Army Corps of Engineers has not been running a consistent generation schedule as far as start time. "I'd expect them to run two units for 12 hours a day. They have had various start times this week, so always check the generation schedule before heading out. Check the USACE Little Rock app daily because it might change." The falling water has been fishing well and lots of caddis are coming off later in the afternoon up and down the river with lots of rising fish. The patterns I've been fishing are caddis patterns and pheasant tail nymphs fished underneath an indicator. With all the rain we've had, a pink San Juan worm in the off-colored water has also been fishing well. The streamer bite downriver has been great. The water has been just a big off-color with all the rain we've had. On cloudy days the bite has been strong.

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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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