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#21
Trying to keep you informed since you can't believe the posted generation schedule. As of 5:30 am there is no water running on the Lil' Mo'. We had 1 3/4 inches of rain in the past few days making the river a little muddy down stream. The lake has come up to 541'so who knows when they might start "bungerating" again?? 

As I previously noted there are a lot of fish everywhere, some very nice ones and a slew of small catch pen fish with approximately 21 thousand more to come as they continue to empty the catch pens on lake Ouachita.

The March Brown hatch is in full swing.  I'll only say one thing: brown fly, brown fly, brown fly!!🥴🥴.

‼️ Just for you weekenders, they are not running any water as of 6:00am Saturday morning the 9th of March.

‼️ Ditto for Sunday morning!!

‼️ At 5:30 Thursday the 14th of March there is no water running on the lower Lil' Mo'. This makes 24 days of no flow on the river so I checked the water temperature. It was 57 degrees at the park and 59 degrees at Hinds Bluff. That's great considering no releases from the dam. The fish are still trapped in the stocking locations, have been "trounced", and are still biting!!! I do think every fish has been caught at least once so they all have the sore mouth. I'll try and report as soon as I see water running past my back door!!  I would ask that y'all practice my plea of "take out one more piece of trash than you bring in". The river has been really crowded and the bait fishermen are out in droves, thus there is trash everywhere!  Worm boxes, powerball bottles, hook packages, coke cans, Twinkie wrappers and 14 miles of broken off monofilament line!!  Help keep our river pure when you can. Thank you 🙏
#22
Thanks, Mike, for the info.  I want to thank Ryan Gary and Christie Graham for all you are doing for The Little MO;  we certainly appreciate it!
#23
I was just advised by a friend that yesterday while I napped, around 2:30 they stocked at Riverside!!  I went and checked the stocking tubes and I don't think they stocked at River Ridge or Hinds Bluff. Therefore I think, as Jeff mentioned earlier, that they dumped another load of "catch pen" fish at the park, and maybe Old Factory. I fished the park yesterday morning and caught one right after the other nice 13 and 14 inch fat fish!!!  These catch pen fish are generally small so it may make it hard to catch the nice ones, but that's ok!!!

Still no "bungeration" or generation since they stopped on the 20Th of February. We got another 1/2 inch rain so we'll see what the Corp does. The water temperature is in good shape and so is the water clarity. River looks really good over all. There was a biologist at River Ridge day before yesterday taking nymph samples. He had a bottle FULL of various May fly, caddis, and stone fly nymphs, and a bunch of other bugs!! Our river is healthy!!

They also stocked 1980 fish at Albert Pike yesterday, just in case you want to fish the WILD RIVER!! 

‼️ 12:00 noon today I met the stocking truck again!!  Today stocking more small net pen fish: 1386 at OFS,1827 at HB, 1827 at RR and 693 at LWB. The driver said they are emptying the catch pens on lake Ouachita, and will stock approximately 30 thousand catch pen fish in this river between now and the end of this month!!  If your a numbers guy your in luck!!!🤗🤗🤗. 

Would like to say a BIG thank you to Ryan Gary and Christie Graham for all the fish we are getting. If you knew everything I know, you would be thanking them also!!!  They truly went to bat for this river.



#24
Loading in Net Pen fish for Spring Breakers! 😏 It's the tradition for March! 🙂
#25
Mike "Hen" Ingram's River reports / 1 March 2024 “SURPRISE!”
Last post by HEN - Mar 01, 2024, 12:34 PM
I just posted no evidence of fish being stocked, I was wrong!!  When I got to River Ridge about 9:00am the stocking tube was cleared and I knew they had stocked!!  They must have stocked late yesterday after I went down for my nap 😴. Fresh NICE fat fish at all 5 stocking sites. There are a ton of people here fishing today, boy did they hit it right!! 

‼️ 2 March 2024 @ 5:00 am there is no water running on the river. The lake is holding at about 539' and we have only had a quarter inch of rain in the past week so I don't expect any "running of the bungers" this weekend, but who can tell for sure!!  It's a cold 35 degrees on the river, bundle up!🥶.
#26
Mike "Hen" Ingram's River reports / 29 February 2024 “ update”
Last post by HEN - Feb 29, 2024, 05:27 AM
Today makes 9 days of not running the bunger valve. 🤗🤗. The forecast shows some rain coming, so will be curious to see if they try to keep the lake around 540 by starting the river flowing again.

The fish have really been stepped on hard these last nine days!!  Catching is getting tougher and tougher. Will look at the stocking tubes today, I hope they stocked yesterday!! I'll let you know as soon as I know. There are still lots of fish scattered up and down the river, just have to get away from the stocking sites and do a little walking to find some that don't have the "sore mouth". 

Water clarity and temperature is great. Bottom still a little dirty and our rocks are white!!!??  Don't know what that is but it rubs off chalky on your hands.

There have been lots of people keeping fish at the access sites so the catching is tough until they stock again, should be soon.

‼️ 1 March 2024:  for all you early weekend fisher people, no water running as of 6:00am this morning. That's the good news, bad news is I've seen no evidence of any stocking last week, maybe today? 🎣   
#27
HEN, THANK YOU, so much for all the updates on the bungers and so much information you share with so many of us on the status of the Lil Mo!! It's awesome!!!
#28
Good strong fish at Hinds Bluff. Only place I fished today.
#29
Hope you found some good fishing on such a bright day!
#30
After 24 days straight of running the bunger valve, with the lake at about 539, they stopped the water at 8:00 am this morning. Who knows when they will start back up??  River looks a little cloudy, but not too bad. You can't check the generation schedule because they are just running the bunger.  Be careful, I don't think they blew the siren the last few times they opened the bunger!!😬😬.


‼️ @ 5:00am Wednesday morning the 21st of February: not running any water at this time.

‼️ @5:00 am Thursday morning the 22nd of February:    not running any water at this time.
       Had reports yesterday of some fisher people with 50+ fish catches!! 

‼️ @7:00 am Friday morning the 23rd of February:  not running any water at this time.
       Lots of fish scattered all over the river. More reports of large catches.

‼️ @5:00 am Saturday morning the 24th of February: not running any water at this time. 
      Fishing slowed a little yesterday, full moon and falling barometer didn't help. Same again last night.
      Looking good for all you weekend fisher people. Try some brown flies, I think the fish that survived the 24 day                         bunger valve run may have learned what to eat in the river. Of course attractor flies still work, but I think you can             catch bigger fish on natural flies. Just my opinion!!
      I'm sure you have all figured out by now, that checking the generation schedule now is a waste of time!! No             generation is possible with the broken trash racks, and they don't post the bunger valve running anywhere.

‼️ @ 6:00 am Sunday morning the 25th of February: not running any water at this time.
       That gets you thru the weekend, I'll post next time they start running water. LOTS of people out fishing yesterday.
        Some catching, some not!🤔. There has been a lot of pressure at the access stocking sites. You can only step
        on the fish so long before they get lock-jaw. 🤣🤣.