Northeast Arkansas waterfowl report

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Earl Buss Bayou DeView WMA says boaters should use caution while using the Thompson Tract boat run. At the South Oliver GTR, mast production has been good. The water level is currently five percent flooded with water present within the natural slough on the north end of this GTR and south end of the North Oliver Tract. The Thompson Tract GTR reports good mast production with the water level at zero percent. Lake House WRA says a small amount of beneficial wetland plants is located along the east side of the lake with normal pool level water.

Big Lake WMA says when the Ditch 81 extension gauge near Manila (upstream of the Big Lake north-end control structure) reads 17.5 feet, water is beginning to come over the north levee degrade on Big Lake WMA. When the Ditch 81 Extension gauge reads 18.0 feet or higher, the water level on the WMA will rise quickly and hunters should exercise caution while on the area. Be aware of underwater logs in boat runs and hangers in trees. Mast production has been good with in the North Woods GTR with Bois D'Arc gauge currently reading 234.4 with a target level of 235.5. The area is 70 percent flooded. The South Woods GTR also reports good mast production with the 7-Mile gauge currently at 233.3 feet with a target level of 234.5 feet with 60 percent flooded. Simmons Field says there is a good amount of millet, smartweed and sedge present with good seed production. Water level is zero percent.

Shirey Bay Rainey Brake WMA reports waterfowl hunters should be aware of hangers and submerged logs within the boat runs and GTRs. Please exercise caution when accessing the area. In addition, hunters should allow safe passage when parking vehicles along roadsides. Vehicles blocking access will be moved. Adam's Brake GTR says a good mast crop is within the GTR. Water level is at 234.8 with a target level of 240.0 MSL with 60 percent flooded. Rainey Brake GTR also reports a good mast crop inside the GTR with water level at 90 percent. Eagle Pond GTR has a good mast crop within the GTR with 80 percent water level. Phase III Moist-soil Unit and Charles Crisp Moist-soil Unit reports average wetland-type vegetation with the water level at zero percent. Ward Field Moist-soil Unit and River Field Moist-soil Unit both say there is a good abundance of wetland-type vegetation with a zero percent water level.

Dave Donaldson Black River WMA says Waterfowl hunters should be aware of hangers and submerged logs within the boat runs and GTRs. Please exercise caution when accessing the area. Please remember to keep boats off the levees so AGFC personnel can access the area. Boats blocking access will be moved. Unattended trailers are not to be left overnight on parking areas. The Upper Island GTR reports an average abundance of mast crop within the GTR with the water level at 269.5 with a target level of 269.5 MSL with 100 percent flooded. The Lower Island also reports an average abundance of mast crop within the GTR with the water level at 268.2 with a target level of 268 MSL with 100 percent flooded.

Upper Reyno GTR reports an average abundance of mast crop within the GTR with the water level at 266.8 with a target level of 266.9 MSL with 90 percent flooded. The Lower Reyno GTR has an average abundance of mast crop within the GTR with the water level at 265.9 with a target level of 266.3 MSL with 80 percent flooded. Winchester GRT has an average abundance of mast crop within the GTR with the water level at 263.2 with a target level of 263.7 MSL with 75 percent flooded.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: