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Date 12-Oct-17
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Conditions : Millwood Lake: Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake level Monday was about 19 inches below conservation pool and slowly rising at 257.6 feet msl during lake drawdown period. There was current of 180 cfs in Little River. The tailwater as of Monday is about 224.5 feet msl. Water temps were stable over the past week; on Monday they ranged near 73 degrees to 80 degrees later under full sun, depending on location. Check lake level of Millwood Lake on the guide service website’s “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 during ongoing drawdown conditions. The Corpus is conducting a fall drawdown to run through Nov. 15 for planting millet grass in the shallow flats for fall duck hunting. The drawdown will be held to about current level until Oct. 15, when the Corps will begin raising back to normal conservation pool expected on Nov. 15. Use extreme caution in navigation on Millwood Lake during drawdown conditions as this has brought stumps and broken timber close to surface pool in many areas, and the boat lanes are much shallower than routine conditions, exposing submerged objects at or near surface pool.

Clarity and visibility continues improving, depending on location for the main lake and Little River. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity and visibility is moderate stain, ranging 8-10 inches. Little River's visibility ranges 8-12 inches with moderate stain, depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity currently ranging 12-18 inches depth of visibility depending on location. Clarity and visibility can change dramatically on Millwood in just a few hours with high winds, rain, or thunderstorms. Mike says there has not been much change in the largemouth bass bite over the past few weeks. The lake's drawdown has moved the bass to deeper drops off of major and secondary points and creek dumps that junction in Little River. Bass remain good around 2-4 pounds on topwaters early at dawn up to around 9 a.m. Bass continue to react best early. Topwater bite at daybreak remains very good over the past few weeks on almost any topwater prop or chugger bait. Seems like windy mornings, bass prefer the prop and splash baits more than the plastic fogs. On calm days, soft plastic frogs, Bass Assassin Shads and Jitterbugs will draw good reactions near vegetation and lily pads. Best color of buzzbaits over the past couple weeks included black/blue and Firecracker/chartreuse around pads and vegetation adjacent to deeper sections of the creek channels or in the river. Bass Assassin Shads continue working well, and best reaction anglers have had still are on the Grey Ghost, Houdini, Molting or Rainbow Shad colors. After the topwater excitement slows, a shallow squarebill and Rat-L-Trap will get bit in cuts, ditches and creek channels. Best colors for squarebills and Rat-L-Traps over the past week or so are the shad imitations like Millwood Magic, Black Bone Nova, Gold Tennessee Shad and Holographic Transparent. The deep- and medium-diving crankbaits like the Bomber Fat Free Shads, Fat Free Fry or Fat Free Guppys are still working from 5-10 feet deep in creek channels and across primary points along Little River with the best colors over the past couple of weeks drawing best reactions being the Citrus Shad, White Pearl, Threadfin Shad and Citruse. The Rat-L-Trap 1.75 Echo squarebill crankbaits continue working in creek channel swings (outer bends and deflecting off stumps) and where creek mouths and sloughs feed and dump into the oxbows, and the best colors over the past few days have been the Ghost Minnow, Ghost Bluegill, Gizzard Shad or Stumpknocker in the better water clarity away from remaining current. Nice-size bass also continue biting 10-inch Magnum Berkley worms; best colors are Plum, Blue Fleck or Black/Blue. War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working in and around vegetation and cypress trees, best on windy mornings. The colors drawing best reactions over the past week are Mouse or Hot Mouse, Spot Remover or Chartreuse and Blue Firecracker.

Whites and hybrids are back to early and midmorning schooling activities with all the recent cloud cover and cooler daytime temps, away from river current in the oxbows. Clear Baby Torpedoes, Cordell Crazy Shads in chrome/black, Stuttersteps, Little Georges, Rocket Shads, Rooster Tails and Rat-L-Traps in black-chrome or Millwood Magic are still working. The crappie bite continues to improve as long as the water keeps clearing and with the reduced current of Little River. Crappie are best near standing timber and planted brush in Little River out of any remaining current, and in backs of the oxbows from 8-15 feet deep on vertical-jigging Cordell smoke-colored paddle tail grubs, and light-wire jigs in pink/white or red/white. Catfish continue biting well on trotlines set along Little River from 9-12 feet deep using CJ's Punchbait or chicken gizzards and livers. Yo-yos using shiners and minnow are still catching some nice cats in the oxbows underneath cypress tree limbs from 9-12 feet deep.

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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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