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Lake Catherine Sponsored by
Date 26-Feb-15
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Conditions : Lake Catherine: Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam has fallen to 40 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Snow and sleet has kept most anglers off the water and icy boat ramps have created a dangerous situation when attempting to launch a boat. Extreme caution must be used in these situations, but clearing weather is forecast for the weekend. Rainbow trout are king below Carpenter Dam as thousands of quality fish are present and actively feeding on shad drawn through the turbines from Lake Hamilton. Bank fishermen have done well using wax worms, meal worms, nightcrawlers, redworms and crickets under a bobber or just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Live minnows typically hook larger rainbows. Fly fishermen are casting olive-colored woolly buggers under a strike indicator around sand bars and exposed rock structure. Small white streamers and micro-jigs in black are also working well in the same areas along with egg patterns in yellow or white. Spin fishermen are having success using Super Dupers in silver or gold, Little Cleo's in silver, and 1/8-ounce jigs in smoke or white. Boaters anchoring at the head of the shoals are able to present lures to trout that are headed into the current and are able to move to areas that hold feeding fish. Walleye are spawning in the main channel as males and females are being caught on small crankbaits trolled against the current. Carolina rigs tipped with nightcrawlers or live minnows are an excellent technique to catch walleye from the bank or boat. These fish will bed all the way from the bridge to the dam and will be present through April for the spawn. Crappie and white bass will begin to move into the tailrace in early March and can be caught on live minnows fished under a bobber or tightlined over deeper water. Jigs in 1/16- or 1/8-ounce in white or gray will work near rock structure and sand bars that provide some protection from the current. .

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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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