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Lake Catherine Sponsored by
Date 07-Dec-17
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Conditions : Lake Catherine: Greeson Marine, hometown dealer of the Arkansas bred and built Xpress aluminum fishing boat, reports water temperatures in the mid- to high 50s with crystal clear waters that will quickly change as the week progresses to stained and murky. With the dropping temperatures and the lakes becoming stained up, adaptation will be key here and in the Hot Springs Village lakes. Before this front came through, success was good with pumpkin-colored finesse jigs, pumpkin/speckled green shaky head jigs and craw-colored suspending jerkbaits. Using light line was key to feeling the soft bites. Now that we are seeing a cold front, look for the shallower water that is under sunlight most of the day to produce. Stained water heats up faster, so look for water coming into lakes (creeks) to produce more fish. Switch up the colors to chartreuse, blue/black or white in dirty water but still look to jigs, shaky heads and crank/ jerkbaits with a slow retrieve. Fishing should pick up if you can stand the cold. Crappie will be moving to the deeper range from 20-30 feet as the water temperature falls and approaches 50 degrees or less. You can’t go wrong with slip corks and minnows on a Snell hook setup. Good luck and keep warm!

(Below Carpenter Dam) - Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, reports that water temperature below the dam is holding at 54 degrees due to the cold nights of the last week. Entergy has completed the winter drawdown for both lakes Hamilton and Catherine at 3 feet. These levels will remain in place until early March when the refill is scheduled to begin. Much safer conditions will exist in the Carpenter Dam tailrace this year with a 3-foot drawdown as opposed to the 5-foot draw of the past two years. This area is shallow at normal summertime pool and becomes treacherous when the current is running over exposed rock and sandbars. November marks the beginning of the fall rainbow trout stocking. Trout are now in the tailrace with sizes perfect for fishing and great tasting tablefare. Bank fishermen are catching limits of rainbows on PowerBait, waxworms and mealworms, and whole kernel corn all fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Boaters have trolled shallow-running crankbaits in the main channel with success during times of current flow. Patience is key as small numbers of trout have been stocked and these fish are widely scattered throughout the tailrace. December will bring thousands more trout as the stocking program intensifies. Currently, white and hybrid bass continue to be caught by the bridge and close to the dam on live minnows tight-lined over deep water. These fish roam in and out of the area chasing shad and are caught year-round when few game fish are present in the tailrace during the summer months. During times of generation, jerkbaits in a black/silver pattern are effective over sands bars and exposed rock structure. Some striper activity has been observed in the early morning and late evening below the bridge. Little fishing has taken place in the last week; however, these fish can be caught on live shad presented under a balloon. C-10 Redfins and Super Spooks in white will draw vicious strikes from feeding stripers. A few walleye have been taken by anglers trolling shallow-running crankbaits close to shore in the morning before daylight. Sizes range from 1½ pounds all the way to 5 pounds. Numbers are few, but will increase as the new year begins. Good fishing is on the horizon with the coming of rainbow trout. Trout bring the tailrace to life, and quality angling will return this month to Lake Catherine. Anyone navigating the area must always wear a lifejacket and observe 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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