Latest Fishing Reports for Dardanelle Lake

Lake Dardanelle is a major reservoir along the Arkansas River in Arkansas. Russellville lies on Lake Dardanelle, and the lake provides many recreational opportunities. Lake Dardanelle covers nearly 40,000 acres (160 km2) of land, which provides lots of area for boating, fishing, picnicking, camping, and scenic views. The lake extends from Dardanelle Lock and Dam near Dardanelle, into Pope, Yell, Logan, Johnson, and Franklin Counties. The lake reaches 50 miles (80 km) upstream the Arkansas River and has 315 miles (510 km) of shoreline. Each recreational park on Dardanelle has drinking water, picnic tables, and toilet facilities. Most have trailer dump stations, boat launch ramps, and electrical sites.

from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said the creeks and bays are clear, but the main channel is murky. The surface water temperature is 85 degrees. Upriver, bass are in the backwaters and are being caught on top-water walking baits, such as Zara Spooks. They are also being caught on dark-colored crankbaits and jigs. In the middle section of the lake, bass are still hanging in the backwater, but are being taken on frogs and weightless lizards fished around vegetation. Some good bass have been taken on points, drops and humps as well on jigs, Texas-rigged brush hogs and crankbaits. In the lower section of the lake, around Illinois Bayou, bass are being found on deep rock piles and brush and are being caught on flutter spoons, swim baits and crankbaits. Some good bass are also being caught on Spooks and frogs in the backwaters. Stripers and white bass are still being caught in the creeks with current on jerk baits and Spooks. Bream are excellent on crickets and worms in the shallows. Crappie are slow. Catfishing is good on liver, worms and cut shad.


from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said upriver bass are good on jigs, lizards, brush hogs, buzz baits, Spooks and frogs. Mid-river bass are being caught on crankbaits, jigs, frogs , Spooks, Rat-L-Traps and swim baits. Lower-river bass are being caught on crankbaits, swim baits, tubes and 10-inch worms. Catfish are biting well on sunfish and liver. Bream are excellent on all parts of the lake on crickets and worms. Crappie are slow, but some have been caught on minnows and jigs.


from Classic Catch Guide Service

The water is high, muddy and fishing is slow. Mid-river bass have been caught in creeks on frogs, jigs, sweet beavers and worms. Some bass have been caught in the bays on Rat-L-Traps and worms. Lower river bass have been caught off drops, brush piles and chunk rocks using worms, jigs and sweet beavers. Use frogs and buzzbaits in early morning in the vegetation. Bream fishing is excellent in creeks using worms and crickets. Crappie fishing is slow but some fish can be caught in creeks using minnows. Catfish are being caught on cut perch and liver. (479-774-9117)


from Classic Catch Guide Service

Water temperatures are in the mid-80s. Upriver, bass can be taken on jigs, lizards, frogs, buzzbaits and crankbaits in the back water and main river near wood. White bass and stripers have been caught on tailspinners and white hair jigs. Crappie are slow, but some larger fish have been caught on minnows in 5 feet of water. In the mid-section of the river, bass can be taken on stick worms, frogs, buzzbaits and jigs in creeks and main river points. White bass and crappie are being taken in the creeks on jigs, tailspinners and small Rat-L-Traps. In the lower section of the lake, bass can be taken on jigs, frogs, buzzbaits, crankbaits, swim baits and stick worms on riprap, brush piles and new vegetation. White bass and stripers can be taken with small Rat-L-Traps on tailspinners and jerk baits fished near current. Catfishing is good from dam to dam on liver, cut shad and redworms. (479-774-9117)


from Classic Catch Guide Service

The water temperature is in the upper 70s in some places, and the clarity in the river is 3 feet. Upriver bass are spawning and can be caught on lizards, spinnerbaits and jigs in the backwater. Some bass have pulled out to the jetties and can be caught on a jig, swim bait, crankbait or spinnerbait. Mid-river bass are being taken on jigs, lizards and swim baits. On windy days, try a spinnerbait in the backwater. Many anglers are having excellent success on frogs as well. In the lower river, bass have been taken off frogs, swim baits, jigs and crankbaits. Spotted bass are still on wood cover. White bass and stripers can still be taken in the creeks in the backwaters upriver on tailspins, inline spinners, small Rat-L-Traps and white jigs. Crappie have been slow, but you can still catch them on stumps and treetops with jigs and minnows. Bream can be taken in the creeks in the backwater on crickets and worms. Catfishing is good on liver, worms and cut shad from dam to dam. (479-774-9117)


from Classic Catch Guide Service

Water temperatures have warmed to mid-60s. Upriver bass can be caught in the backwaters on jigs and lizards. Mid river bass have moved out to around 5 to 6 feet of water and have scattered due to the cold front. They can be caught in crankbaits, swimbaits and spinnerbaits. Lower river bass can be found holding close to rocks. They can be caught on jigs, spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Catfish are doing good on liver. Crappie are slow, but can be caught on minnows and jigs. No report on stripers or white bass. Bream are biting well in the back pockets on crickets and worms. Kentucky bass are holding tight to wood cover. They can be caught on jigs and spinner baits. (479-774-9117)


from Classic Catch Guide Service

Bass from Horsehead and upriver can be caught on black/blue jigs and dark rootbeer crankbaits. From Horsehead to Caney Creek, bass have been caught on buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs and crankbaits in chartreuse, green, and orange. In the Spadra area, bass were being caught on spinnerbaits, lizards, jigs and swimbaits. In Cabin Creek bass were caught on lizards, watermelon/red worms and jigs. Shoal Bay bass were caught with swimbaits and frogs. Piney Bay area bass were caught with frogs, lizards and jigs. Goose Island bass were caught with black/blue jigs and lizards. Crappie are slow but can be caught around the cattails. Bream are plentiful in the lily pad stems. White bass and stripers are being caught in creeks and by the dam. For the bowfishermen, gar and carp are thick in the backwater. (479-774-9117)


from Classic Catch Guide Service

Bass are still biting well. The frog bite is on in the lily pads and moss. Jigs, swim baits, spinnerbaits and crankbaits will catch the river bass. If you find some bass guarding fry, a Storm Chug Bug or Rebel Pop-R will do the trick. Stripers and white bass are in the backs of the creeks and at the dams; try a white hair jig, grub, jerk bait or top-water lure. Crappie are being taken in 5 to 10 feet of water on minnows, green phantom tail jigs and green/black jigs. Catfish are being taken on cut shad on noodles and rods. Bream are being caught on crickets and worms.






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