Date Posted: May 22, 2019

Update:   I have been informed that there will be generation all Friday night (May 24th).  This is due to a cutback at Bull Shoals Dam.  This will affect the water levels for Saturday.  Please check the generation schedule to plan any Saturday fishing trips.

May 22, 2019
The river is muddy today after 2 inches of rain last night.  The generation should help clear the water by Friday with the same amount of release that has been scheduled the last several days.  This has been about 12 hours of 2-unit generation from 8:00 or 9:00 am to about 9:00 pm.  This schedule should hold for the next several days due to the lower river capacity. Check the USACE LITTLE ROCK APP for the scheduled generation.
Fishing has been good by staying ahead of the new generation with some wading available in the morning hours at Winkley and mid-day hours on the lower river shoals. Early morning wading at the dam until 8:00 or 9:00 am. Fish are taking caddis emergers, caddis pupa and midge pupa.  Size 12 to 14 emergers and size 18 to 20 midge pupa are good choices.
This is Memorial Day weekend and many anglers will be on the water so please be courteous and safe.  Be aware that the river will be high and swift when the generated water reaches your area and plan accordingly.  Don’t wade a great distance downstream from your takeout point and have to return upstream when the water rises.  Also, if kayaking or canoeing, please plan your trip to stay ahead of the rising water and not risk the increased flow. If caught in the high flow avoid docks and other obstructions from the upstream side. The water reaches Cow Shoals about 1 hour after generation starts, Winkley Shoal about 3 ½ hours, Libby Shoal about 4 to 4 ½ hours.  Be safe and respect the river.

Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day.
Good Fishing!!
Greg Seaton


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