Little Red River Fishing Report

Best known for its trophy browns, this is a place to also find brook, cutthroat and rainbow. Like other rivers in the area, this 100 mile tributary of the White is host    to dams and reservoirs managed by the Army Corp of engineers. For anglers, the 30 mile run below Greer’s Ferry Dam is the most famous and desirable section of the river. In the spring of 1992, the 1988 trout record was broken here by the capture   of a 40+ pound whopper. This record has since been topped although it remains the largest to be netted in Arkansas waters.


Cold water releases from the dam keep the river at about 47 degrees year round, creating ideal trout habitat but challenging for its native walleye and bass. Efforts to reintroduce small mouth bass and walleye have met with measured success. Spring and summer tend to be the busiest seasons, although many consider fall the best time to fish as the brown migrate upstream to spawn. Spawning starts mid-October and is complete by the first of December. Brook trout also spawn successfully in the Collins Creek area while cutthroat are sparse and tend to be found downstream of Winkley Shoals.

Because water flow is managed for regional electrical production, levels can quickly change. While it’s possible to wade in these waters, it’s smart to be cautious. When levels are high, fishing with an expert guide is highly recommended. The state enforces catch and release rules in three areas: below Greer’s Ferry Dam; around Cow Shoals; and, between Dunham and Mossy Shoals.

Before booking a trip, be advised that portions of the 30 mile run are privately owned and may be difficult to access, water levels vary dramatically and three sections are catch and release only.
 
Featured Fishing Trips
Guided Fishing Trips
$
225
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$
375
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
4 hours - 8 hours
Every season offers good trout fishing here in Arkansas, and we know just where to find hungry fish at any time of year. Our guided float trip on the Little Red River offers an opportunity ... morefor you to relax and enjoy some exciting fishing while we guide you to best trout hideouts on the river. Our day trips include all the gear you will need, snacks, drinks, lunch (full day only), your boat and an experienced guide. Let us show you the best Arkansas fishing has to offer.
$
375
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
1 day
Destination:
Experience the best that Arkansas fly fishing has to offer with a full day guided fishing trip on the Little Red River. Full day trips are for 1 or 2 anglers. Arkansas Drift specializes ... morein guide service dedicated to education. Teaching will always be part of the day and will help you become a better fisherman. You can bring your own fly rods if you prefer, or let us know if you need to borrow one as we have several on hand. Whether it's Nymphs, Streamers, or Dries, let Arkansas Drift take you to the next level! We are located in Little Rock, Arkansas, about an hour and a half from the Little Red River in Heber Springs.
Additional Information
Source:
Devils Fork, Middle Fork, South Fork
Length:
102 miles
Seasonal Conditions
Season
Hatches
SpringPale evening duns, spotted sedges, light cahill, terrestrials, midges, crawfish, scuds, sculpins, minnows and sowbugs, march brown and sulphur, cinnamon sedges
SummerWhite drake, terrestrials, midges, crawfish, scuds, sculpins, minnows and sowbugs
FallBlue winged olives, terrestrials, midges, crawfish, scuds, sculpins, minnows and sowbugs
WinterBlue winged olives, midges
Game Fish Opportunities
Fishing Trips
Every season offers good trout fishing here in Arkansas, and we know just where to find hungry fish at any time of year. Our guided float trip on the Little Red River offers an opportunity ... morefor you to relax and enjoy some exciting fishing while we guide you to best trout hideouts on the river. Our day trips include all the gear you will need, snacks, drinks, lunch (full day only), your boat and an experienced guide. Let us show you the best Arkansas fishing has to offer.
  • Expert guide
  • Lunch, snacks and drinks
  • Transportation from Little Rock if necessary.
Experience the best that Arkansas fly fishing has to offer with a full day guided fishing trip on the Little Red River. Full day trips are for 1 or 2 anglers. Arkansas Drift specializes ... morein guide service dedicated to education. Teaching will always be part of the day and will help you become a better fisherman. You can bring your own fly rods if you prefer, or let us know if you need to borrow one as we have several on hand. Whether it's Nymphs, Streamers, or Dries, let Arkansas Drift take you to the next level! We are located in Little Rock, Arkansas, about an hour and a half from the Little Red River in Heber Springs.
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