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July 2003

Lake Ouachita, Hamilton, Catherine & Hot Springs

The stripers on Lake Ouachita are still hitting topwater lures early and late in the day, but more catches have been made on live shad in 20 to 30 feet of water.  Best action is on sunken islands and long points.    Largemouth bass are good on worms and brush hogs in the standard green colors.  Some fish are hitting spinner baits at night.

Bream are still good on crickets in 10 to 15 feet of water.

Now is the time to start getting your bowhunting equipment ready for fall.  Stop by Wilson’s Cabin on your way to Lake Ouachita for the latest in bows and other hunting gear.  

Stop by Ruth’s Twin Creek bait and tackle to get the latest info on the local fishing.  Madeline and Bruce will be glad to help you get the right lures or bait to make your trip go better.

We thank Parker Dozhier of Dozhier’s Bait Shop & Rainbow Landing for the following reports:

On Lake Catherine trout action has slowed somewhat, with fewer rainbows being taken, but the size of those caught is impressive.  Power bait, crawfish crankbaits and shadlike spoons are working directly below the dam.    Walleye are being taken in good numbers with Bandits and S-5 Rapala being the favored lure for those trolling, while silver spoons are the best bet for bottom jigging. 

Catfish are hitting small bream, large shiners and stink baits, with most of the hot action around the state park.

Bream are hitting crickets and red worms with the south shoreline at the east end of the large bays producing the best action. 

On Lake Hamilton topwater bass action is good in the Hot Springs Creek basin and in the Mazarn Creek area.  Short worm and Carolina rigged lizards are working later in the day.

Walleye are beginning to move in the area of Stokes and Skully Creeks and are being taken on bottom jigging spoons. Bream are hitting crickets and worms, with some good action off deep points and around bridge piers.

Catfish are hitting shad, live shiners and small bream with some good trotline catches being reported.

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