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Southeast Fishing Conditions Report - July 12

Adobe Creek Reservoir

Fishing has been slow for all species. Small numbers of channel catfish, drum, and carp are being caught daily.

Arkansas Headwaters

Water flows are receding quickly and clarity has improved dramatically. Each day will incrementally provide more shoreline habitat, improving the fishing as the month continues. Big dries, dry-dropper rigs, and streamers all fished selectively in the best holding water will definitely produce well this week. Focus on the edge water. Anglers should be using golden and yellow sally stoneflies, pale morning dun mayflies, tricos, caddis, midges, and grasshoppers. Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area

Clear Creek Reservoir

Trout angling at Clear Creek Reservoir from a boat has improved from last week, but fishing remains slow from shore. A majority of anglers reported landing groups of 8 to 12 inch rainbow trout. PowerBait and gold and red Kastmaster lures produced well for shore anglers. The best shore fishing has been in the northwest section of the reservoir. Fly anglers experienced success by fishing a caddis with an attractor pattern at a depth of four feet. Trolling with Needlefish and Tasmanian Devil lures has been the best method to catch trout from a boat. Several boat anglers employing bait had success with garlic scented PowerBait.  Landing a kokanee salmon from a boat remains difficult. Boat anglers that fished at dawn were more likely to land a kokanee salmon. The tiger muskie fishing has been the most productive at evening. The tiger muskie went for either crawdad or rainbow pattern Rapalas at the eastern part of the reservoir. 

Frantz Lake

The fishing has been excellent on Frantz Lake. The rainbow trout have been very active. Bass fishing has been good for anglers using specific bass fishing lures. Typical baits for trout are worms and PowerBait. Lure fishing has been productive with silver spoons. Fly anglers have done well with various nymphs at the inlet.

John Martin Reservoir

The reservoir is currently at 187,000 acre feet and the current water temperature is about 78 degrees. We are still receiving reports of a lot of small white bass being caught on artificial baits as well as shrimp. A few small crappie are being caught along the dam. The bigger wiper and walleye are being caught by the trestle from shore and from boats. Fishing at the spillway is slow to moderate with some reports of catfish being caught. There is currently one gate open. Lake Hasty is fishing slow, with some trout being caught in morning and evening. John Martin State Park

North Gateway Park

The fishing has slowed a little, but anglers are still catching 10 inch rainbow trout as well as some crappie and bass. There does not seem to be any specific bait or lure that is bringing in the fish. People are using various baits and lures to catch fish throughout the lake.

O'Haver Lake

The fishing has been good at O'haver Lake. The rainbow trout have been very active in the evening and early morning. Typical baits for trout are worms and salmon eggs. Lure fishing has been fair with silver spoons and spinners. Fly anglers have done well fishing from belly boats using nymph patterns throughout the lake. The campground is usually full on the weekends in the summer, so make sure to reserve your spot. The road is in good condition to the lake.

Riverside Ponds

The fishing has been good at Riverside Ponds. The rainbow trout have been very active in the evening and early morning. Bass fishing has been fair for anglers. Lure fishing has been productive with silver spoons and spinners. Also try red and gold lures for the trout.

Trinidad Lake

The current water temperature is near 71 degrees. Shoreline anglers are catching trout on PowerBait. The catfish are being caught on night crawlers. Boaters are continuing to catch walleye and perch using jigs tipped with a night crawler or artificial minnow. Trinidad Lake State Park