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Lake Catherine Sponsored by
Date 16-Apr-15
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Conditions : Lake Catherine: Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said reports that water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 50 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Heavy rains have forced Entergy to release large amounts of water through all area dams the last few months to keep lakes at manageable levels. This process has kept many anglers off the water. Presently, Entergy has scheduled generation times that include slack water periods which will allow fishermen to boat and bank fish with success. Rainbow trout are being caught on redworms and nightcrawlers fished under a bobber or just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Crickets and wax worms presented in the same manner have been very effective hooking trout that are fat from weeks of feeding on injured shad. Power Bait in white or yellow will attract rainbows when these fish ignore other baits. Spin fishermen are having success casting small 1/8-ounce jigs around rock structure when the turbines are running. Super Dupers and Little Cleos in silver or white are also working well as hungry trout actively search for shad. Crappie fishing is on the upswing with untouched spawners located all over the tailrace. Live minnows tightlined over deep water and fan casting jigs and small spinners have accounted for good catches of quality fish this week. These fish seek cover and are located where rock structure is heaviest. Very little wood cover is available in the area and the best bedding areas are next to the large rock in the middle of the lake near the dam. Stealth and patience are a must when targeting these spooky fish in the shallow water of Carpenter Dam. The rest of April should be a very good month for crappie as the end of the spawn is near. Walleye are still being caught in the main channel of the trailrace even though the spawn is over. These fish often remain the area feeding up before migrating downstream to the main lake. jerkbaits in bright colors, grey jigs and Carolina-rigs tipped with nightcrawlers have all hooked fish in the 3 to 5 pound class mostly in the late evening. White bass will be moving toward the dam this month and be present in good numbers in May and June. Because of the adverse conditions, most of the striper fishing has been done miles downstream from the dam, but these fish will inhabit the trailrace in search of trout and shad.

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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