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Lake Ouachita Sponsored by
Date 14-Dec-17
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Conditions : Lake Ouachita: Greeson Marine, hometown dealer of the Arkansas-bred-and-built Xpress All-Weld aluminum fishing boat in Hot Springs, says a couple of different tactics have been getting decent results over the past week and will likely continue due to our static weather we have had for a month or so. Spotted bass have been biting the shaky head jig on light leaders. Worms in shad colors or speckled pumpkin are producing on rocky points and ledges on the windy sides of the lake, which should almost always be the southwest sides. Water that is exposed to sunlight the longest will hold more fish. Another pattern that is producing is craw-colored crankbaits and jerkbaits. Working each of these baits to the bottom and banging them off the rocks, pausing periodically, will produce the best results. Jigs are getting hit in finesse sizes and darker colors like craw and black/blue but have not yet come into full swing. Expect this bait to take off when the water gets into the 40s. Largemouth bass have been spotted laying up in the very shallow (less than a foot) in the mornings and acting very lethargic. These fish are very hard to find mid-day as they have suspended. Search baits like squarebill cranks, spybaits and spinnerbaits can cover the most area with little finesse. Find one, find ten, but the bite is still slow. Crappie is slow on the lake in 15-25 feet of water. This long period of high pressure has not helped these low-pressure-loving fish. Look to minnows and slip corks over brush piles and let’s hope we get some rain or a cold snap to set them off again!

Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) says black bass are fair. Spots have slowed but are still fair on a drop-shot with a finesse worm. No reports on walleye. Stripers are still fair on live bait and picking up on Bama rigs. The western and central parts of the lake are the best areas for these fish. Bream are biting on warmer days and being caught on worms 20-25 feet deep. Crappie are fair and being caught on minnows in 20-30 feet of water near structure. No report on catfish. Surface water temperature is ranging 50-54 degrees. The clarity is clear. Call the Mountain Harbor guides – Mike Wurm (501-622-7717), Chris Darby (870-867-7822) or Jerry Bean (501-282-6104) – for more information.

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About: - Situated among the beautiful pine forest, Arkansas's Lake Ouachita is the largest lake located entirely within Arkansas. It is known for its scenic beauty and clear waters. Created when Blakely Mountain Dam impounded the waters of the Ouachita River near Hot Springs, the lake is virtually surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest and has one of Arkansas's most pristine shorelines at some 970 miles. More on Lake Ouachita
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