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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Weekly Fishing Report

  • AGFC releases its weekly fishing report for the area
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  • Little Red River
    Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the river is clear and variable. Trout fishing is good with wax worms, marshmallows, corn, night crawlers and PowerBait (try orange in running water).
     
    Just Fishing Guides said water releases have been once per day in the afternoon or evening for one or two hours at 2,500-4,000 cfs.
     
    Greers Ferry
     
    As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 454 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461 msl).
     
    Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water temperature ranges from upper 60s to about 73. White bass and hybrid action slowed some after the winter weather but the big portion of the shad is moving out of deeper water and the action is going to be the best we have had all year, on into January. Try top-water baits, swim baits, in-line spinners and spoons for the best bite. Look in 40 feet of water on the edge of main flats just about anywhere you are on the lake. Crappie are eating in about 12-15 feet of water, suspended in the pole timber, and want jigs or jigs tipped with minnows. Catfishing is still good on the lake, as it is overlooked this time of year for various reasons, but plenty can be caught on lines and jugs baited with cut or live bait, as they will stay active until the water gets into the 50s. The weather shut off the walleye bite, but as this warming trend gets into full swing, you should see fish showing up again in 28-30 feet of water. Dragging night crawlers and crankbaits; some of them will be caught under the hybrids eating what they spit up. Bream are still active and eating small crankbaits, crickets and night crawlers in 6 inches of water out to 27 feet. The bass action has slowed, as well, but will be picked up as you read this. Try shallow-water baits, spinner baits, top-water buzz baits and small cranks. The in-between fish will eat the jigs and jighead worms; the deeper fish will eat drop-shots, jigs, C-rigs and the Arkansas Claw, out to 50 feet of water.
     
    Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said there’s limited run-off and daily generation from the Corps of Engineers. Surface temperatures have finally fallen to the low 70s and upper 60s. Fishing for surfacing hybrids is sporadic and hit-or-miss; however, the spoon bite is good and we have been able to locate fish every day on the water. The live-bait bite for multi-species action is good and will only get better as the days continue to get shorter. Smallmouth are really starting to pile together good on main lake flats with some sort of drain nearby. Shad are starting to invade the shallows and the game fish are following them.
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    Greers Ferry Tailwater
     
    Just Fishing Guides said water releases have been once per day in the afternoon or evening for one-two hours at 2,500-4,000 cfs.
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