TEXARKANA — There are several different kinds of fish out at Millwood Lake awaiting to jump on the hook of any angler willing to brave the heat.
Most largemouth bass are biting best early in the morning around dawn until 9 a.m. Lily pads on shalllow flats and around cypress trees are good locations for largemouth bass with black-blue or bleeding avocado buzzbaits, soft plastic frogs and Bass Assassin Shads.
Shallow square-bill cranks in Millwood Magic and Stutterstep are hit-or-miss. Bill Lewis Lures' SB-57 and Echo 1.75 crankbait square-bills in ghost minnow, bluegill and sneaky shad are producing some nice largemouth bass early in the morning.
Largemouth are reacting randomly to Bass Assassin Shads and soft plastic frogs at dawn in 5-8 feet of water around cypress knees, lily pads and stumps. Salt-n-pepper phantom, panhandle moon and grey ghost have been the best colors of assassin shads.
Black grape, June bug (red) and blue fleck 10" power worms have gotten fair responses. Salty Rat Tails, trick worms and Texas-rigged Senkos have worked well near cypress trees and knees in 8-12 feet of water. June bug (blue tail), blue ice and watermelon candy have been the best colors.
Some fishermen have caught some 2-3 pound white bass on Kastmaster spoons and vertical jigging War Eagle Underspins in Little River between Hurricane creek and Jack's Isle.
To reel in some white bass that are feeding on shad at the surface, the most productive lures have been chrome dying flutters, Rat-L-Traps in Millwood Magic or Splatter-back colors, clear Baby Torpedoes and Spin Traps in chrome (blue-black).
Anglers looking for crappie should fish away from current and flow of the Little River, in any clearer water sections of the oxbows at Millwood State Park and near Okay Landing and Cottonshed areas near cypress trees from 3-5 feet of water. Also in 8-10 feet of water around planted brush piles.
The best bait to use for crappie have been minnows and jigs. The crappie responses are most consistent with minnows. Millwood State Park continues seeing good activity in the pockets and coves near cypress trees and grass from 6-12 feet of water. Saratoga and Beards Bluff areas have been productive areas.
For catfish, yo-yos in Little River and trotlines continue to be the best way to go. Cut buffalo or shad, goldfish, spoiled chicken hearts and gizzers or punch baits have been producing blue catfish and channels on yo-yos hung from cypress trees in 3-8 feet of water at McGuire, Horseshoe and Mud oxbows up the Little River.