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Lake Dardanelle Sponsored by
Date 27-Aug-15
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Conditions : Lake Dardanelle: Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said surface water temperatures are in the mid-80s and the water is dingy. The river is being drawn down a bit for upriver dredging. Fishing has been very good. Upriver, the largemouth bass bite has been good on topwater prop baits, Spooks, Pop R's and buzzbaits early in the morning. Around 10 a.m., anglers should start to make a move to deeper water with soft-plastics like a Zoom Trick Worm. Look for water running over rocks and treetops in 10 feet of water. At mid-river, the best bite has been on frogs and white jigs with a white Bamboozie craw trailer fished around floating mats and lily pads in the creeks. The lower river bite has been very good around bridge points with crankbaits and worms. The lower river also has produced some good fish on worms and swimbaits fished around deeper brush piles and on jigs and frogs fished around matted vegetation early. Bream have been biting very well in the backwater areas and the creeks on crickets and worms. Stripers have been biting well around current breaks off the ends of jetties, at the heads of the creeks and the inlet of the nuclear plant on swim baits, jerk baits, top-water poppers and spooks. White bass have been very good in the same areas as the stripers on small white crankbaits, TaleSpin in-line spinners and spoons. Catfish have been good on cut shad and perch in the main river channel. Crappie have been improving with the slower current on dark jigs in deep river trees and in ditches.

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About: - Lake Dardanelle is one of the most accessible and attractive recreation areas in Arkansas. Located about half-way between Little Rock and Fort Smith, the lake stretches some 50 miles.

Fishing: The lake, which is extremely popular with anglers, boasts populations of big catfish. White bass are native to the river, with adults traveling in schools and feeding near the surface. Bream fishing is excellent in the lake, which has also been stocked with crappie and largemouth bass.  With no closed season and mild winters, fishing is good year round.

Facilities: Public boat docks offer boat and motor rental services, fuel, food, and other supplies and services. Some 250 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campsites are available around the lake, plus Lake Dardanelle State Park welcomes visitors at two shoreline locations.

  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Bream
  • White Bass
  • Largemouth Bass

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