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Arkansas Game and Fish Update

Little Red RiverFor the Army Corps of Engineers’ real-time outflow report from Greers Ferry Dam, visit the Corps’ Little Rock office website or by calling (501) 362-5150). Also check the Southwestern Power Administration website ( to see forecast generation schedule.

(updated 8-3-2023) Mike Winkler of Little Red River Fly Fishing Trips/Little Red River Fly Guides (501-507-3688) said the Southwestern Power Administration has been running a consistent generation schedule for the past few weeks. “I'd expect the same generation schedule to continue as long as it remains hot outside. The dam's generators are usually being turned on around 1 p.m. to 2.p.m. and they have been running two units for 5-6 hours. Always check the USACE Little Rock app before heading out.“The current generation schedule has opened up a lot of river for wade fishing. With the hot weather we are experiencing, try to quickly land the fish and get them back into the water as soon as possible. Try fishing the deep holes around the moss beds and the oxygenated shoals and plunge pools below the shoals. The bite has been good, especially early morning and evenings. The hot flies for me are small Pheasant Tail soft hackles, Guides Choice Hare's Ears, pink San Juan Worms and Root Beer Midges.

(updated 8-3-2023) Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) in Sherwood said one thing to take advantage of in the heat of summertime is the cold water coming out of the dam, cooling things off for anglers. Southwestern Power Administration is running water from the dam, leading to rising water and current in the afternoon. So, early morning you have some falling water and an excellent time to fish. Anglers are catching trout with a Rooster Tail, a maribou jig and also a Trout Magnet rig. And also try the Rapala Countdown size No. 5 in brown trout or rainbow trout colors for some bites.

(updated 7-27-2023) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip’emAll Guide Service (501-250-0730) said the Little Red River is in a summertime water release pattern from Greers Ferry Dam. Daily afternoon generation provides wade and drift-fishing opportunities on all sections of the river. If you plan to fish the Trout Magnet, consider using pink and red-colored bodies on chartreuse jigheads. For fly-fishing, consider San Juan Worm, Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail and Midge. Always check generation schedule and be aware of unexpected water release. Check before heading to the Little Red River for Greers Ferry Dam water release by downloading the USACE Little Rock app, Corps of Engineers website ( for real-time water release and the Southwestern Power Administration website ( to see forecasted generation schedule.

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