“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...