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Date 07-Dec-17
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Conditions : Little Red River: Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’em All Guide Service said the Little Red River continues to hope for much needed water release from the Greers Ferry Dam. My sources tell me that we will have the possibility of water release/generation over the next couple of days due to the colder temperatures and power demand. However, the expectation is that we will continue to receive small amounts of sporadic water release due to the low lake level. This water release pattern is creating good wading conditions, but challenging boating on most sections of the river. We are in the brown trout spawning season here on the Little Red River, so our browns are moving to their spawning areas on shoals. If you do wade in or pull a boat through the spawning areas, be careful where you walk and don’t walk on or disturb their redds (spawning beds). I can report the leading candidates for fly anglers are egg pattern, sowbugs, midges, soft hackles and Woolly Buggers. Pink- and white-colored Trout Magnets are the front runners 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 latest updates and information. GO HOGS!

Greg Seaton of littleredflyfishingtrips.com (501-690-9166) said that after receiving about an inch of rain on Monday, the river is clear with more water than last week. The colder weather has caused an increase in generation. On Tuesday, generation was three hours beginning at 5 p.m. The Wednesday the generation was scheduled for two hours beginning at 6 a.m. and again for three hours beginning at 5 p.m. Be sure to check the schedule before planning your trip. This can be found on USACE Little Rock app under SWPA Forecasts. Next-day forecasts are posted after 4 p.m. and on Friday the forecasts are posted for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Current generation can be found under releases on the same app. The bite is good using mayfly nymphs, sow bugs and midge pupa. Rainbows can be found in the slow and fast water, while the browns are more in the moving water The brown spawn is still going on but it has been sporadic this fall. Some browns that Greg and his crew are catching have spawned out while others are still carrying eggs. Greg urges anglers to please be careful while wading to avoid the redds! The eggs remain in these areas until about February.

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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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