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Date 30-Oct-14
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Water Temperature  

Conditions : Lake Catherine: Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service reports that water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 67 degrees and rises to 74 degrees below the bridge. Clear conditions are the norm in the tailrace with a minimum flow release scheduled this week. Rainbow trout stocking will begin after November 16 with the fish typically in the lake the week of Thanksgiving. At present, trout fishing is extremely slow as the vast majority of fish migrated away from the dam or were caught by fishermen and area predators. The end of October normally has small schools of white and hybrid bass moving in and out of the trailrace feeding on threadfin shad. Bank fishermen have caught these fish on live minnows and jerkbaits cast into feeding schools. Action is best in the late evening and peaks in periods of generation. Striper activity has been observed below the bridge in the late evening with fish in the 10- to 14-pound range caught on C-10 Redfins in trout patterns. Walleye numbers are low in the tailrace but continue to be caught on jerkbaits in a black/silver pattern fished in the main channel in the early morning hours. When the trout stocking begins, overall fish activity will increase dramatically with crappie, white bass, and walleye staying longer to forage.

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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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