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Date 21-Jun-18
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Conditions : Millwood Lake: Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said, “It’s HOT, folks.” The lake level has almost stabilized and on Monday was about 4 inches above normal conservation pool and falling, at 259.6 feet msl; the discharge was near 651 CFS in Little River according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The tailwater below the dam and gates as of Monday remains very low, about 226 feet msl. Water temps continued climbing over the past week. Surface temps as of Monday ranged near 87 degrees early to 91 later under full sun, depending on location. Continue to use caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood watching for random, broken, or floating timber. Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on the guide service’s website helpful links page, or at the Army Corps of Engineers website for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions. The best activity from largemouth bass continues to be from dawn to around 10 a.m., and bite subsides until almost dusk. Largemouth bass have been fair; cloud cover mornings being best activity over the past few weeks – early at dawn and dusk, with activity levels slowing with the increase of surface temperatures in the mid- to upper 80s range during the heat of the day. Best baits drawing reactions over the past week or so have been plastic frogs and Bass Assassin Shads on a light wire hook working in new lily pad growth. Buzzbaits continue working for 2-3-pound largemouths. Best color of frogs have been black and June Bug in new lily pads. Firecracker buzzbaits and spinnerbaits are working randomly around flooded brush and new emerging vegetation. Slow-rolling the spinnerbaits off points, ditches and creek mouths dumping into Little River from 8-12 feet will yield a few random bass. Males can still be caught relatively shallow around new vegetation and lily pads. StutterSteps, Cordell Crazy Shads, and Baby Torpedoes are getting reactions from largemouths around vegetation and new pads. Topwater activity levels slow considerably after 11 a.m. with increased heat. Shallow running squarebill, 2.0 and 3.0 S-cranks, and Echo 1.75's deflecting and banging/deflecting them off stumps from 7-12 feet deep, will take a few random bass around 14-15 inches in length. In the clearer water of the oxbows, better spinnerbait or chatterbait colors are Firecracker, Spot Remover and Mouse. Best color of cranks in the oxbows, like the 2.0 S-cranks, and Echo 1.75 square bills, for the past week or so have been the Bold Bluegill, Millwood Magic and Ghost. Rat-L-Traps in Millwood Magic and White Smoke continue drawing random reaction from 14-17-inch bass over the past couple weeks in creek channels leading in and out of spawning flats worked slower and deeper in the creeks. Square-bill S-cranks and shallow running crankbaits in shad or bluegill and bream patterns are working near creek mouths and points extending into Little River for the past week or so, since the post-spawn largemouths have pulled out to deeper sections of creek channels and points dumping into the river. Working the cranks in a stop-and -go, slow retrieve will draw a better reaction than fast retrieves.

White bass have not been seen in the last couple weeks. Last known location was the points extending into Little River either side of the Cossatot River inflow ditch, either side of U.S. Highway 71 bridge. Crappie were biting jigs and minnows near standing timber and planted brush piles 12-15 feet deep. Crappie over the past couple weeks seem to be transitioning to deeper drops, 15-20 feet of depth, near standing timber or planted brush piles. They have been located by vertically jigging minnows, Arkie Jigs and minnows in standing timber in 10-15 feet of depth. Crappie slowed over the past few days with the increased heat. Not many crappie anglers out in the past few days. And, no reports on catfish.

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About: - Millwood Lake is renowned for its fishing, with much of its more than 29,000 acres being flooded timber that provides exceptional cover for its wide variety of fish, including largemouth and spotted bass, crappie, white bass, striped bass, channel and flathead catfish and bluegills. Boat lanes lead the way through the timbered waters, and there are 5,000 acres of open water near the dam. Each year, the lake hosts numerous bass fishing tournaments and fishing derbies held by local and out-of-state organizations.

Located on the lake's southeast shore, Millwood State Park offers a full service marina and boat dock, 117 campsites, and hiking and biking trails. Corps of Engineers' recreational areas on the lake offer 230 campsites, picnic areas, boat launching ramps and group picnic shelters available by reservation.

Location: Millwood Dam is located on the Little River 16 river miles upstream from its confluence with the Red River. It is about seven miles east of Ashdown, Arkansas.
  • Black and White Bass
  • Largemouth and Spotted Bass
  • Blue Catfish
  • Crappie

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