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Date 27-Nov-14
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Conditions : Lake Catherine: Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said watertemperature below Carpenter Dam has fallen to 50 degrees with the bitter cold conditions of the last several days. Clear conditions exist from the dam to the bridge and for several miles downstream as Entergy has scheduled a minimum flow pattern the last two weeks. A 3-foot drawdown is now in place on Lake Catherine and will remain until early March 2015. Rainbow trout are scheduled to be stocked into the lake this week. These early stockers are always scattered but can be caught on basic live bait presentations and artificial lures that imitate injured shad. Wax or mealworms fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater will hook hungry trout searching for prey. Redworms and nightcrawlers cut into small sections also work well presented in the same manner. Spin fishermen casting Rooster Tails in white or brown will be successful in slack or current conditions. Super Dupers in silver or gold perfectly imitate injured baitfish and are a quality lure for catching and releasing trout unharmed. Boaters can anchor and cast over sand bars and rock structure with all of these presentations and expect to catch fish. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits below the bridge tends to hook larger trout that prefer deeper water downstream. As shad migrate toward the dam, white bass and crappie congregate in the tailrace and feed heavily when the turbines are running. Jigs and crankbaits are sure-fire lures to find and catch these game fish which are targeting baitfish in shallow water. Trout stocking will increase in the coming months which attracts big stripers and hybrids that tend to stay below the bridge in the deeper water. Brood or gizzard shad fished under a balloon rig is a mainstay technique for live bait fishermen. Large soft plastics hooked weightless and cast into feeding schools produce strikes from wary stripers looking to feed on trout and shad.

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About: - Lake Catherine was created in a virtual wilderness between Hot Springs and Malvern. Eleven miles long, the lake covers a mere 1,940 acres, nestled in narrow valleys of the Ouachita Mountains.

Fishing: Anglers come to the lake for its largemouth bass, spotted bass and striped bass, crappie, bream, and catfish and walleye fishing. A rainbow trout fishery, stocked by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, exists in the lake's tailwaters below Remmel Dam.

Lake Catherine State Park offers 17 fully-equipped cabins with kitchens, 70 campsites, a marina selling bait and fuel in summer and renting boats throughout the year, a launch ramp, a swimming area, picnic sites, playgrounds and hiking trails.

  • Striper Bass
  • Walley
  • Catfish
  • Crappie

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