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Date 23-Jul-14
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Water Temperature  

Conditions : Lake Catherine: Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 58 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Entergy is currently running 16-hour generation periods each day, which has kept the tailwaters cold and clean and alive with baitfish. Sadly, the rainbow trout season is almost over with very limited numbers of trout living near the dam. This occurs every July and August as the majority of rainbow's have been caught or migrated away from the dam in search of cooler water. Live bait presentations give anglers the best opportunity to hook the remaining wary trout that will often ignore artificial presentations. Nightcrawlers, redworms, mealworms, wax worms, and live minnows tightlined over deep water or fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater are a best bet for results. Few white bass are still present, but schools of whites will move in and out of the tailrace chasing shad and can be in the area for weeks at a time or not at all. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits against the current is a proven method of locating numbers of white bass along with casting 1/16 and 1/8 ounce jigs around visible rock structure. A few small walleye have been caught using these same methods below the bridge in periods of current. Striper activity has been slow with little topwater action observed this week. Alabama rigs and live shad presented with a balloon rig are a must when targeting these fish. Freshwater drum prowl the sand bars in the late evening searching for crawfish and shad. These fish are verocious fighters requiring heavy lines and rods for any chance of success.

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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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