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...
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...
“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...
3.24.15 Fishing Report

3.24.15 Fishing Report

We are currently receiving one unit of generation 24 hours a day. Expect this generation pattern to continue this week and probably through the weekend. The lake level is slightly over three feet from top pool. Moderate to heavy generation will continue until the lake level drops below pool level. This generation pattern allows for good drift fishing from a boat. Long leaders and added weight are recommended to get flies or Trout Magnets down for a good presentation. Streamers, 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 Corp of Engineers website for real time water release and the Southwest Power Administration forecasted generation...