The upper river is coming into prime form. The water is still high and swift, but shoreline habitat is opening up and summer hatches are getting underway. Yellow sallies, caddis, and crane flies are all active on the upper river at this time. Anglers should be cautious with this flow, but cherry picking the slow shoreline lanes should produce well this week. Flows in the middle river are slowly receding, though clarity has improved dramatically. Each day will incrementally provide more shoreline habitat, improving the fishing as we go. Big dries, dry-dropper rigs, and streamers all fished selectively in the best holding water will definitely produce well this week. Flows are still high and fast on the lower river, but clarity has improved and fish are returning to feeding stations where structure exists to break up the current. Golden stonefly patterns and streamers should work great this week. Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area
Clear Creek Reservoir
Trout angling from a boat and shore has been slow at Clear Creek Reservoir. Most of the reported catches from anglers consisted of homogeneous groups of 8 to 12-inch rainbow trout. A few anglers reported landing rainbow trout in the 18 to 25-inch range. The best trout fishing has been in the morning. In less windy conditions, fly fishermen were able to catch trout on dry flies resembling ants. Fishing with Thomas Buoyant lures from a boat has been the best method to catch trout. Trolling for trout at the southern part of the reservoir with a cowbell and worm combination worked well too. The kokanee salmon fishing has been very slow. Successful boat anglers targeting kokanee salmon caught the fish at dawn. The best tiger muskie fishing has been in the afternoon and evening. Tiger muskie went for rainbow Rapalas at the eastern part of the reservoir. Several anglers reported tiger muskie following a lure up to a boat but not striking the lure. The reservoir is closed to trailer motorized watercrafts on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The current boating hours are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
John Martin Reservoir
The reservoir is currently at 187,000 acre feet and the current water temperature is about 78 degrees. Anglers are still catching a lot of white bass and small wiper on the reservoir. There are still not many reports of crappie, walleye, or saugeye being caught. Fishing at the spillway is slow to moderate with some reports of catfish being caught. There are currently two gates open. Lake Hasty is still fishing alright in morning and evening, but slows down during the heat of the day. John Martin State Park
Anglers are having luck pulling in stocked trout on both lakes. Martin is providing great northern pike fishing using spinners. The stocked trout are being caught on PowerBait and night crawlers. No reports of muskie or walleye have come in lately. Stop by the visitor center to show off your catch and get in the book. Lathrop State Park
North Gateway Park
Rainbow trout and Snake River cutthroat trout from 10 to 18 inches continue to be caught despite the summer heat. The recent rains cooled the water temperature making the fish want to bite again. Anglers are using any type of PowerBait and various lures to catch fish. Smaller crappie, bass, and catfish are being caught on the west side of pond #1. Driving access is now open to the public to the back two ponds. There is one road leading to the south side of the ponds and the parking lot is between ponds #2 and #3.
The lake is starting to rise. With the recent increased water levels, boat fishing success is starting to increase. The fishing from shore is really good for both rainbow and lake trout.
The lakes are still low, although the runoff is starting to increase water levels. Fishing from boats has been fair, for both rainbow trout and lake trout. Fishing from shore is starting to pick up, especially near the power plant. Anglers are reporting lake trout being caught from shore with both sucker meat and PowerBait.