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Lake Catherine Sponsored by
Date 27-Aug-15
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Conditions : Lake Catherine: Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service reports that water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 60 degrees and rising to 64 degrees below the bridge. Entergy has scheduled 4-hour generation periods on weekdays beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m. Weekends the flow will begin at noon at continue until 6 p.m. Clear conditions are the norm below the dam with the summertime pool in place until mid-November when the drawdown will begin again for all area lakes. Rainbow trout fishing is over until November with very few fish being caught. The vast majority of trout have either been caught, eaten by predators or migrated away from the dam. This scenario occurs every year and is normal pattern below a hydro-electric dam. White and hybrid bass fishing has tailed off considerably in the last week as schools of shad move in and out of the trailrace. These fish follow the baitfish and are prone to move out of an area at any time. Alabama rigs have been key in catching these fish along with live bait tightlined over deep water near the dam. Walleye have been caught in the same areas on Carolina rigs tipped with nightcrawlers or live minnows. Most of the action is taking place at night when the turbines are not running. A few large blue catfish have been caught below the bridge in the main channel on hand-sized bream fished under a jug. No striper action has been observed in the tailrace this week since the shad schools are few at present. Anyone visiting Carpenter Dam should be aware of the generation schedules and must always follow all park and boating regulations.

Reported by: Arkansas F&G

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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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