As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.76 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).
Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is above normal pool and rising. The surface water temperature is in the high 40s to low 50s. Bass fishing is getting better by the hour, with many small males moving from deep water to areas near spawning flats. The warm rain should have the surface temperature rising quickly and kicking things in gear for prespawn feeding in the shallows. Concentrate on water from 12 feet deep to right up on the bank if there’s some wind blowing on it. Wiggle Warts, spinnerbaits, swimbaits, football head jigs and finesse worms are key baits for this time of year. Walleye fishing is on and off with a lot of fish getting done up the rivers and moving back to the lake. Some stragglers will still be caught upriver on grubs. crankbaits, drop shot rigs and jerk baits. Crappie fishing is on again and off again. Some fish are still out as deep as 40 feet, but they are beginning to move shallower (suspended 3 or 4 feet deep over 10 feet of water). The shallow fish are still scattered, and are not locked on to any cover, so finding them can be tricky. Try using jigs and jigs tipped with minnows, for the best success. Hybrids and white bass are eating grubs, Rinky Dinks, in-line spinners,spoons and crankbaits all over the lake from 15-50 feet deep, try and stay around the shad for the best bite.
Cody Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the water is rising. Surface water temperatures took a hit last week and fell several degrees, but will rebound quickly with a little stain in the water. Fishing should take right back off before the next cool down and the rain. White bass and hybrid fishing will really pick up in staging areas. Look for schools of them on your graph halfway up Devils Fork and 2/3 up Middle Fork. These fish are in hanging out in depths of 8 to 15 feet of water. Fish Dinner Lures jigging spoons, inline spinners and small swim baits are producing well.
Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) said recent rains have brought the lake up about 2 feet in the last 48 hours to about normal pool. This increase dropped the temperature 2 degrees to 47.6 in the upper part of the lake. Fishing is still good with crappie and white bass moving into and around spawning areas in the tributaries. Crappie can be caught in the pole timber in 20-26 feet of water slowly trolling minnows and jigs 4-8 feet deep. White bass and walleye should be heading into the Johnson Hole on the South Fork of the Little Red River in numbers.