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Millwood Lake Sponsored by
Date 13-Sep-18
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Conditions : Millwood Lake: Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake remains at its 2-foot drawdown pool; lake level is currently slowly rising, though, as it was about 14 inches below normal conservation pool on Monday at 258 feet msl; gate discharge was between 168-200 cfs into Little River, and the tailwater below the dam and gates as of Monday was stable at 224 feet msl. Water temps have jumped over the past week, ranging 80-86 degrees Monday. Be sure and check the most recent lake level of Millwood Lake on the guide service’s website linked above, or at the US Army Corps of Engineers website, for updated gate release changes and inflow rates with rising and falling lake levels and conditions while the Corps of Engineers drawdown is in effect. This 24" reduction of normal pool elevation is bringing stumps and broken timber to, and very near surface pool

Clarity and visibility continue improving over the past week, but remain stained in places, especially upriver. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity and visibility was moderate stain, ranging 10-15 inches. Little River's visibility ranges 10-12 inches with heavy to moderate stain, depending on location and current.

Mike notes again that anglers looking for the HOT SPOT should watch for three to five or more of the white egrets standing on pads, stumps and cover in 4-9 feet deep flats. These egrets are picking off the leaping shad bouncing on top of lily pads while the bass chase the shad in the flats from 4-7 feet depth. Find those egrets and the topwater schoolers and buck bass are not far away. Most of these buck bass are only 2-3 pounds but tons of fun to fight in the lily pads.

More seasonal weather and cloud cover cooled the lake over the past week and a lot of the bass continue randomly schooling. Early morning is most definitely best bite for topwater blowups. Anglers continue to find schools of bass surface breaking on shad in midmorning. Of course, the dawn and early morning will yield most aggressive topwater explosions. Cooler daytime highs, rain and cloud cover over the past few days this week led to finding a lot more bass are surface-feeding in the shallow flats. The largemouth bass, Kentucky bass, and a few white bass continue randomly surface-schooling on shad in Little River, and McGuire Lake along Little River, for the past couple of weeks. This happens near midmorning in the oxbows over deep water from 15-20 feet, and also a few of the flats from 5-9 feet in lily pads and vegetation. Best baits drawing topwater reactions at early morning continue to be Heddon Spitn' Images, Cordell Crazy Shads, Baby Torpedoes, StutterSteps, Rat-L-Traps and Bass Assassin Shads. Buzzbait colors drawing best reactions lately continue to be Firecracker or Shad Candy. After the topwater activity diminishes, a fairly good bite has been found by medium depth-running (5-9 feet deep) Rat-L-Traps, Fat Free Shad crankbaits or square-bill crankbaits, 2.0 & 3.0 & S-cranks and Echo 1.75s, by deflecting and banging/deflecting them off stumps from 8-10 feet deep in creek channels and points. The bass from 2-3 pounds are randomly responding to crankbaits in shad colors. Best color of cranks in the oxbows, like the 2.0 S-cranks, and Echo 1.75 square bills, have been the Millwood Magic and Ghost. Vertical jigging spoons are still working with Kentucky (spotted) bass and schools of largemouths in Little River behind points and washouts. White bass have been randomly schooling on surface feeding shad in Little River with the largemouths and Kentucky bass, and are fair to good on Fat Free Shads, Rat-L-Traps, and Cordell Hammered Spoons with red/white bucktails, and Rocket Shads. No report on crappie. Channel cats and blue cats from 2-6 pounds have been biting up Little River for the past couple of weeks on yo-yos hung from cypress trees using cut bait (gizzard shad or gar), chicken livers and homemade blood baits.

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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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