The AGFC’s temporary advisory concerning the appearance of blue-green algae bloom on Lake Overcup is in the process of being lifted, according to AGFC’s Matthew Schroeder. Signs are on order and soon will be placed around the lake officially indicating the lifting of the advisory.
Lake Overcup has been and remains safe to fish, Schroeder notes, but boaters and anglers are urged to use caution during an advisory and avoid any algae that could appear on the water during warmer months. The algae can break down and release toxins into the water, and the AGFC has been monitoring the blue-green algae level for the past several weeks. Recent tests show that the advisory can now be lifted, Schroeder told us Wednesday morning.
Overcup is a great lake to check out right now. Besides some enormous catfish that have been pulled out recently (see Johnny Banks’ report from Overcup Landing RV Park), we hear good reports about all species. There hasn’t been a lot of angler activity in recent weeks, perhaps because the advisory listing, but while there were some areas of blue-green algae bloom, it only meant that anglers and boaters should use caution and practice safe habits while on the lake and with their catch, such as cleaning the fish well after taking them home. No reason to stay away, and certainly not now.
Anyway, this is prime time to be fishing Lake Overcup, which is off Arkansas HIghway 9 near Morrilton.