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Date 25-Mar-15
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Conditions : Lake Catherine: Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said The flood gates below Carpenter Dam have been open to drop Lake Ouachita and Lake Hamilton out of flood stage. The tailrace below Carpenter Dam has been unfishable by boat and bank fishermen have had little success in combating fast currents and strong wave action. Lake Catherine is full of stocked rainbow trout and the vast majority of these fish have not seen a lure, due to the unusual conditions. When the flood gates close, large schools of trout will migrate back close to the dam and resume feeding on shad and crawfish which are abundant this time of year. Artificial lures, such as Rooster Tails, Super Dupers, Little Cleos, and small jigs will again be effective cast around exposed rock structure and sand bars. Small crankbaits that imitate shad or crawfish will work equally well in the same areas. Bank fishermen should stick to live bait presentations fished under a bobber or just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Wax and meal worms, nightcrawlers and redworms, crickets and live minnows will all catch rainbow trout which will be actively searching for food. The walleye spawn has been taking place since mid-February with very few fish caught in the heavy flows of the tailrace. These fish are located from the bridge all the way to the dam on both sides of the lake. March marks the beginning of the crappie spawn below Carpenter Dam. Male crappie should already be moving into the tailrace preparing the beds. These fish avoid heavy current and can be caught a few feet from the bank in the heavy rock structure. Live minnows and small jigs in 1/16 and 1/8 ounce weights are a deadly presentation when schools of fish are located. Anglers should avoid using outboards when approaching spawning areas and the use of a trolling motor or paddle will reduce the chances of spooking these wary fish.

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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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