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Date 07-Dec-17
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Conditions : Millwood Lake: Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said lake level Monday remained about 12 inches below conservation pool and was slowly rising at 258.2 feet msl; drawdown has ended and lake pool is slowly coming back to normal conservation pool, they just need more rain to continue to raise lake back to normal conservation pool. There is current of 179 CFS in Little River according to the Army Corps of Engineers. The tailwater as of Monday is approx 224.3 feet msl. Water temps dropped over the past week, with surface temps as of Monday ranging near 48 degrees early to 55 degrees later under full sun, depending on location. Continue to use extreme caution in navigation on Little River and Millwood, this week during drawdown conditions. Clarity and visibility continues improving. On the main lake structure away from current, clarity and visibility Monday was moderately stained, ranging about 8-10 inches. Little River's visibility ranged 8-12 inches with moderate stain, depending on location and current. The oxbow's clarity ranges 12-18 inches depth of visibility depending on location. Largemouth bass schooling activities have slightly diminished over the past couple of weeks. This heated activity remains best during mid-afternoon. The random schooling on shad and the surfacing breaking over the past two weeks by largemouths and Kentuckies (spotted bass) have been totally awesome, but it slowed this week. Bass have been randomly schooling on flats in the lily pads, in creek channels adjacent to these same flats, and in Little River, surface breaking on the schools of shad during heat of the day. These bass have been very good from 2-3 pounds on topwaters, Rat-L-Traps, Bass Assassin Shads, Stuttersteps, and squarebill cranks. Best colors of Rat-L-Traps and squarebill crankbaits are almost any shad pattern like the Millwood Magic, chrome/blue, or Ghost Sha, in the creek channels or where they dump in to the river. Bass Assassin Shads continue working well and best reaction Mike has had remains on the Grey Ghost and Salt and Pepper Silver Phantom colors. If topwater excitement slows, a shallow squarebill and Rat-L-Trap will still get bit in cuts, ditches and around the schooling fish in creek channels and lily pad stands. Best colors for squarebills and Rat-L-Traps over the past couple weeks have been shad imitations like Millwood Magic, Ghost Shad, Pro Gold (cloudy days) and Ghost Minnow (clear water/sunny days). The deep- and medium-diving crankbaits like the Bomber Fat Free Shads, Fat Free Fry or Fat Free Guppies still work from 5-10 feet deep in creek channels and across primary points along Little River with the best colors over the past couple weeks being 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. Best colors over the past few days have been the Ghost Minnow or Millwood Magic in the better water clarity away from remaining current. War Eagle Spinnerbaits continue working in and around vegetation and cypress trees on windy days. Colors drawing best reactions over the past few weeks were Mouse or Hot Mouse, Spot Remover or Chartreuse and Firecracker/chartreuse. Real Deal Custom Tackle jigs in Voodoo, black/purple/blue and Texas Craw are beginning to draw a few good reactions in creek channels on stumps and cypress trees from 8-12 feet of depth using a beaver bug for a trailer in green pumpkin or black. Big, bulky 10-12-inch Berkley Power Worms are also beginning to produce a good bite in the 8-10 foot deep areas of these creek channels and ditches along, and that dump into, Little River. Best colors are the blue fleck, black grape and plum or purple.

Mike said white bass and hybrid bass are continuing their schooling activities with the Largemouth and Kentucky bass as well. Stuttersteps, Little Georges, Rocket Shads, Rooster Tails, and Rat-L-Traps in black-chrome or Millwood Magic are still working. Crappie continue to stack up very nicely on planted brush piles, and continue improving. Big slabs are best near standing timber back in oxbows along Little River and planted brush piles in Little River. est response is from 12-16 feet deep on vertical-jigging minnows and jigs, a couple feet up/off the bottom. Catfish improved this week on trotlines using Punch Bait and chicken livers, gizzards and hearts.

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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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