Fishing Reports and News from the Cabin

4.7.16 Fishing Report

4.7.16 Fishing Report

After a few days of two units of generation on the Little Red River, we are currently seeing the pattern go back to one unit of generation. Without significant rainfall, we should see this pattern continue with possible windows of no generation. Streamers, pheasant tails, hares ear, micro jigs and sowbugs are working well for fly fishing. For Trout Magnet fishing, use hot pink, cotton candy and white colored bodies on gold and chartreuse jig heads. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Corps of Engineers Little Rock District water data system (501.362.5150) for Greers Ferry Dam water release information or check the Corps of Engineers website (swl-wc.usace.army.mil) for real time water release and the Southwest Power Administration website (swpa.gov) to see forecasted generation...
3.30.16 Fishing Report

3.30.16 Fishing Report

Currently we are seeing early morning and late afternoon generation pattern. We expect this to continue unless we receive significant rainfall. This pattern is providing drift and wade fishing opportunities on all sections of the river. In low water and warmer temps, we are seeing some hatches coming off on the lower section of the river. We expect hatch activity to increase as we move into the warmer days of April. Currently streamers, pheasant tails, hares ear, micro jigs and sowbugs are working well for fly fishing. For Trout Magnet fishing, use hot pink, cotton candy and white colored bodies on gold and chartreuse jig heads. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Corps of Engineers Little Rock District water data system (501.362.5150) for Greers Ferry Dam water release information or check the Corps of Engineers website (swl-wc.usace.army.mil) for real time water release and the Southwest Power Administration website (swpa.gov) to see forecasted generation...
February Fishing Report

February Fishing Report

As we are getting into warmer days of spring trout fishing on the Little Red River, we anticipate the current heavy generation pattern to change to a more scheduled generation pattern providing favorable water levels for wade fishing & drift fishing. Due to the heavy generation and lack of fishing pressure, we anticipate spring fishing to be excellent. As we see lower river levels with sunny days to heat the water surface, we should begin to see our normal spring hatches of caddis and mayflies. Streamers, San Juan worms, caddis/mayfly nymphs and sowbugs will work well for fly fishers. For Trout Magnet fishing, use hot pink, cotton candy and purple colored bodies on gold and chartreuse jig heads. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Corps of Engineers Little Rock District water data system (501.362.5150) for Greers Ferry Dam water release information or check the Corps of Engineers website (swl-wc.usace.army.mil) for real time water release and the Southwest Power Administration (swpa.gov) to see forecasted generation...
June 11, 2015 Fishing Report

June 11, 2015 Fishing Report

Greers Ferry Lake is over 10 feet above normal level. Currently we are receiving 2 units of generation beginning late morning and ending before midnight. This generation pattern is providing opportunities for wade fishing on the upper section of the river in the early morning hours and middle lower sections in the afternoons. Sometime in the near future we can expect heavy generation for extended periods as the Corps of Engineers lowers the lake level. Streamers, hares ear, san juan worms, egg pattern and sowbugs continue to work well for fly fishermen. Hot Trout Magnet colors have been red, purple haze, millworm and cotton candy bodies on gold Trout Magnet jig heads. Don’t forget free fishing weekend is noon, Friday, June 12, until midnight, Sunday, June 14. Residents and nonresidents may fish this weekend without fishing licenses or trout permits. Regulations for Arkansas waters apply: daily limits, slot limits and length limits must be observed. This is a great time to go trout fishing….look forward to seeing you on the Little Red! Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Greers Ferry Lake Powerhouse recording or check the Corps of Engineers website for real time water release and the Southwest Power Administration forecasted generation...
5.20.15 Little Red Fishing Report

5.20.15 Little Red Fishing Report

Since we have been dealing with chocolate water this week from all the rain, this week’s fishing report is brought to you from #1 Sore Lip’Em All Guide “Mousse”….. With the weekend rains, the Greers Ferry Lake level has jumped up over 8ft above conservation top pool. The middle and lower sections of the Little Red are stained from the various creeks’ runoff. Daily generation helps flush the stained water, so we should be in good shape in the next couple of days (unless we receive significant amounts of rainfall). Even though the lake level is high and the second generator is now online, we are hoping for favorable generation patterns with “windows” for drift and possibly wade fishing. We are seeing a good caddis hatch taking place when we have lower water levels. Streamers, hares ear, san juan worms and sowbugs continue to work well for fly fishermen. Trout Magnet colors are hot pink, cotton candy and purple haze bodies on chartreuse and gold Trout Magnet jig heads. Especially during this time of year, always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Greers Ferry Lake Powerhouse recording or check the Corps of Engineers website for real time water release and the Southwest Power Administration forecasted generation...
5.8.15 Little Red River Fishing Report

5.8.15 Little Red River Fishing Report

The Little Red continues to receive one unit of generation basically 24hrs a day. However, over the past few days the Corps of Engineers (COE) have been “pulsing” the second generator in anticipation of getting it back online sometime this weekend or next week. We continue to fish one unit of water. This past week we had some really good days with larger rainbows boated. With the erratic water levels, due to the COE pulsing the second unit, the last two days we have had to adjust depths and locations. With the continuous generation and sunny days, we have seen the lake level drop significantly this past week. As of today (Friday) the lake is only around 1 foot over seasonal pool. If we don’t receive substantial rain amounts this weekend and early next week, we will see a more favorable generation pattern for drift and wade fishing in the coming weeks. Until then…fish’em deep and use lots of weight! Streamers, hares ear, san juan worms and sowbugs continue to work well for fly fishermen. Trout Magnet colors are hot pink and purple bodies on chartreuse and gold Trout Magnet jig heads. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Greers Ferry Lake Powerhouse recording or check the Corps of Engineers website for real time water release and the Southwest Power Administration forecasted generation...
4.30.15 Little Red River Fishing Report

4.30.15 Little Red River Fishing Report

The Little Red continues to receive one unit of generation basically 24hrs a day. Greers Ferry Lake is right at three feet above top conservation pool level of 462.04 feet. Over the past few days the lake has dropped steadily from warm sunny days, wind and no rain. If we can dodge any significant rain over the next week, we should see a normal generation pattern soon. Until then, if you are fly fishing or using the Trout Magnet you will need to fish deep. I will have a blog post soon on how to rig up to fish high water sucessfully. Streamers, hares ear, san juan worms and sowbugs continue to work well for fly fishermen. Trout Magnet colors are hot pink and purple bodies on chartreuse and gold Trout Magnet jig heads. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Greers Ferry Lake Powerhouse recording or check the Corps of Engineers website for real time water release and the Southwest Power Administration forecasted generation...
“It is what it is” with water conditions on the Little Red River

“It is what it is” with water conditions on the Little Red River

Spring is a great time to trout fish on the Little Red River. The trout haven’t been pressured by anglers over the winter months, hatches are abundant making trout active, some “leftover” browns from the fall make their way back to their home water and the beauty of everything blooming along the river banks makes it a great time to shake off the winter’s cold. However, there are times that spring fishing conditions on the Little Red River can be frustrating or challenging at best. It’s not so much about the “fishing”…. it has more to do with water release from the Greers Ferry Dam in Heber Springs. The dam was constructed in 1965 by the Army Corps of Engineers for two purposes: flood control and power generation. The Corps of Engineers regulates flood control downstream with the dam by holding or releasing water and the Southwest Power Administration regulates the two hydropower generators to produce electricity for Arkansas and the surrounding states when needed. With the storm systems and the rain that frequent Arkansas in the spring, flood control becomes a priority. It’s a balance between the lake level and releasing water into the Little Red as to not flood the farm land downstream. Most of the water release is determined by a formula that is based on historical analysis, weather forecasts and current conditions. Unfortunately, trout fishing is not part of the formula when it comes to how much and when water is released. The Southwest Power Administration will post a predicted water release schedule after 3pm for the following day (weekend scheduled release is provided on...
4.8.15 Little Red Fishing Report

4.8.15 Little Red Fishing Report

Well we are dealing with high water on the Little Red with 2 units running 24hrs. We expect this pattern to continue through the weekend and through the first part of next week unless we receive heavy amounts of rain tomorrow night (Thursday). If we receive heavy rain, we expect they will back down some on generation in fear of flooding downstream. High water in the early spring is not anything new for us…it happens almost every year. When the river is not blown out with two generators in the spring, the fishing is normally fantastic with lots of hatches and hungry trout. When it is blown out, it just makes things challenging trying to schedule and/or reschedule trips for better water conditions. Can you fish on two units? Short answer is yes, but we try not to. The danger factor for being on the water increases immensely on two units and your catch rates drop significantly. Some will use powerbait/worms and very heavy sinkers to catch fish on high water, but we only use Trout Magnets and flies. However, if we have experienced anglers fishing, we will venture out to fish. The best option in high water is fishing streamers with sink tip line pounding the banks and slack water. We can also use weighted nymphs and Trout Magnets with long leaders (8-9ft) working pocket water and areas where the current is not as strong. Yesterday we ventured out and picked up a few fish, but if you are looking for numbers, high water is not the time to be out fishing. If we get heavy rain, check...
Little Red Fishing Report 4.1.15

Little Red Fishing Report 4.1.15

Corps of Engineers started running two units today. It appears they will run them from 6AM through early evening daily. With this pattern, we should have fishable water mid river during the morning until the generation pushes in. It is raining hard here on the Little Red this evening, so expect a muddy river for a couple of days until the runoff is gone from the creeks and drainage areas. This generation pattern will allow for good drift fishing from a boat, but will not be conducive to wading. Streamers, hares ear, san juan worms and midges continue to work well for fly fishermen. Trout Magnet colors continue to be hot pink body on chartreuse and gold Trout Magnet jig heads. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Greers Ferry Lake Powerhouse recording or check the Corps of Engineers website for real time water release and the Southwest Power Administration forecasted generation...