Arkansas weekly fishing repor

Arkansas weekly fishing report — June 29
By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Fishing Tip: Wacky worming is an effective way to catch finicky bass when the summer heats up and the fishing pressure is high. Just hook a stick worm or finesse worm through the center with the hook exposed. Cast it out to structure and let it drift to the bottom. When it gets to the bottom, pop it up and let it drift down again. Finicky bass usually can’t resist the action of a worm rigged this way.

CENTRAL ARKANSAS:

Lake Conway: Bates Field and Stream said the water is stained and the lake is at a normal level. Bream are biting well on Dynamax jigs, red wigglers and crickets fished in 12 to 18 inches of water. Bass have been fair on Scum Frogs and Zoom Horny Toads fished 30 to 40 feet out from the bank. Crappie are biting well on the shady side of cypress trees and are being taken on Crappie Magnets. Catfish are biting well on practically anything fished on the bottom.

Little Red River: Lindsey’s Resort said trout fishing has been good, but the Corps is generating almost every afternoon, limiting fishing time. Most people are catching trout on wax worms with marshmallows, nightcrawlers and chartreuse Power Eggs. Buoyant Spoons and Rooster Tails are working during times of generation.

Greers Ferry: Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Service said the water temperature at is 80 degrees, much cooler than normal, and the level is 458.99, 18 inches below normal pool. Fishing has been slow during the heat of the day. Hybrid fishing has been good at night under the bridges and on humps and creek channels. Crappie are still biting from 15- to 25-feet deep over the tops of brush piles. Bream are still biting well on crickets and worms fished near the bank in the early morning. Many channel cats and flatheads are being caught on jugs and floating trotlines baited with cut bait, rice slicks or minnows and set from 8 to 14 feet deep. Some walleye are still being caught on points and flats by backtrolling a crawler harness. Black bass have been fair during the day on Carolina-rigged and Texas-rigged worms fished near brush piles in 15 to 20 feet of water. Shiloh Marina said the whites and hybrids have been schooling from 5:30 to 7:30 in the mornings and from 7 p.m. to sundown. Many are being caught on CC Spoons, giant Rooster Tails and heavy, 3/8-ounce marabou jigs. Catfishing has been fair on jugs baited with large minnows.
Harris Brake Lake: Coffee Creek Landing said the lake is clear and the water level is low. Bream fishing is still excellent with the bream bedding up near the bank. Most anglers are using red wigglers and crickets. Crappie fishing is good a little deeper on small minnows, especially late at night. Bass fishing is picking up on soft-plastics fished in 3 to 4 feet of water. Catfishing is nothing short of fantastic in coves and deeper waters on large minnows and small bream.

Lake Overcup: Lakeview Landing said the lake is a little low and the water is stained. Bream are fair on shallow brush piles. Crappie have moved a little deeper and are being caught on green-and-pink jigs tipped with minnows. Bass fishing is good on soft-plastics and spinner baits. Catfishing is fair. The catfish have moved deeper, with a few being caught on nightcrawlers and chicken livers.

Cadron Creek: Wooster Grocery said fishing has been extremely slow. Bream are biting in the early morning on crickets and small top-water poppers. All other species have been nonexistent.

Beaverfork Lake: Wooster Grocery said fishing has been fair with the summer sun. Some bream are being taken off the tops of brush piles on crickets. Crappie are fair from 1- to 2-feet deep on minnows. Bass have been biting on top-water lures early in the morning.

Toad Suck Lock and Dam: Bates Field and Stream said the river is high, but it is falling. Stripers have been biting well on 1/8-ounce white bucktails and large white grubs.

Little Maumelle River: River Valley Bait said the water is clear and down about 3 feet. All species are slow, and the hot weather has chased most of the anglers from the water.

Big Maumelle Creek: Fishing has been slow for panfish. Some bass have been caught on Zoom Flukes and top-water lures like Zara Spooks. A few catfish have been taken on trotlines baited with shad or skipjack.

Fourche La Fave River: Catfishing has been good on shad, skipjack and rice slicks fished in the current. Bass have been fair to good in the main channel on crankbaits. Crappie have been fair to good on minnows fished around stumps and other structure in the deeper parts of the channel.

Lake Maumelle: Jolly Roger’s Marina said the fishing has been good lately. Largemouth bass are very good, and some of the best weights for tournaments on the lake have been coming in. Early and late in the day, black bass are in the weeds out to 15-feet deep and are hitting top-water lures and spinner baits. As the sun comes up, they are shifting into their regular summer pattern and are hitting Carolina-rigged Brush Hogs and Drop Shot rigs. Kentucky bass are holding 10- to 18-feet deep and are hitting 3-inch pumpkin grubs and tubes. Drop-shotting is also working well out to 12-feet deep. White bass are schooling from the marina east to Three-fingers Cove. Some reports are coming in from the chimney as well. Spooks, Rooster Tails and CC Spoons are working well on the whites. Catfish are in shallow water (8 to 14 feet) and are spawning. Some are hitting large minnows and prepared baits. Crappie are in 18 to 22 feet of water and are being caught on 1/32-ounce jigs and crappie minnows.

Arkansas River: Charley’s Hidden Harbor near Oppelo said the flow from Lock 9 is 60,000 CFS with a headwater at 284 and a tailwater of 274.3. Catfishing has been very good on the backside of jetty tips using nightcrawlers just outside of the swirl and drifting in the main channel. Bream are biting well in the grass line and rocks close to the bank on crickets. Kentucky bass have been good on the downstream side of jetties, where water is coming across. Try black Buzzing Toads early in the morning. Largemouths have been good running up and down the grass line casting buzzbaits early. As the sun rises, switch to Gitzits and firetiger crankbaits on the first drop to deep water. White bass are chasing shad on the sand bars early and late. Crappie fishermen have reported decent catches beside rock banks in 3 to 8 feet of water. Stripers have moved to the jetty tips are being caught on minnow spoons tipped with white 6-inch trailers.

Arkansas River (Little Rock area): Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop said Fishing for bream, crappie and bass has been poor, but catfishing has been picking up in the river. Many good catfish have been caught near the hydro plant on shad, nightcrawlers and rice slicks. Trotlines baited with goldfish or rice slicks are also taking a few large cats upriver.

Tom’s Lake: Shirley’s Bait said the water is clear. Bass are fair on plastic worms and bass minnows. All other species are slow.

Bradford Lake: Shirley’s Bait said the lake is at a normal level with fair water clarity. Catfish and bass are both being caught on large bass minnows in 4 to 5 feet of water. Some bass are also going for soft-plastics. Bream are fair on red wigglers and crickets.

Pickthorne Lake: Outdoor Super Store said the lake is muddy and low. Bream are fair on crickets and worms fished near the banks in 18- to 24-inches deep. Crappie fishing has been slow. Bass are fair on soft-plastics fished right on the stumps. Catfishing is fair on stink bait and chicken livers in the middle of the lake.

Sunset Lake in Benton: Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports said the lake is clear and at normal level. Bream are biting well from 10- to 12-feet deep on crickets. Catfish are biting well on blood bait and chicken livers. All other species are slow.

Saline River Access in Benton: The river is clear and low. Some good bream have been taken on 1/16-ounce white Rooster Tails in 4 to 6 feet of water. Smallmouth fishing has been good in the morning and evening on 4-inch lizards in smoke, purple, and green pumpkin.

NORTH ARKANSAS:

White River: Gaston’s White River Resort said the river is low. Trout fishing has been good on wax worms, red wigglers and nightcrawlers. Fly fishermen are doing well on olive woolly buggers and gray sow bugs when they are not generating. Wilderness Trail said Fishing for trout on the White River was good last week during periods of low generation. The Berkley Power Egg bite has been good in yellow and white or Belgian red worms. With generation the Buoyant Spoons, Rooster Tails and Super Dupers are the bait of choice. The fly fishermen did well on Olive Woolly Buggers, tungsten bead head midges, sow bugs and scuds. Some brown trout are being caught on Suspending Rogues, Heddon Flatfish and nightcrawlers.

Bull Shoals Tailwater: McLellan’s Fly Shop said generation has slacked off, providing some low water wading opportunities. In the faster riffles and runs, drift a scud, sow bug, mayfly nymph or caddis pupa under a strike indicator. The best flies have been: zebra-and-black or olive Rubber-leg Copper John (sizes 14 to 18), McLellan’s Woven V-Rib Sow bug (sizes 14 to 16), McLellan’s Hunchback Scud in tan, olive and gray (sizes 14 to 16) Graphic Caddis in tan and olive (sizes 14 to 18), Z-Wing Caddis (sizes 14 to 16), Caddis Larva (sizes 14 to 16), Elk Hair Caddis (sizes 14 to 18), E-Z Caddis (sizes 14 to 18), Red Fox Squirrel Nymph (sizes 12 to 16), Rag Sculpin (size 6), Articulated Zoo Cougar (size 4), Swimming Jimmy (size 4) White Zonker (size 6), Arkansas Conehead (size 6), San Juan Worms (size 10) and Micro Eggs (size 14).

North Fork River: McLellan’s Fly Shop said generation has been sporadic, but there have been some good wading opportunities early in the morning. During high-water conditions, streamer fishing has been good from a boat on overcast days. The best flies have been: McLellan’s Hunchback Scud in tan, olive and gray (sizes 14 to 16), Flashback Scud in tan, olive and gray (sizes 12 to 16), McLellan’s Woven Sow Bug (sizes 14 to 16), Graphic Caddis in tan and olive (sizes 14 to 18), Skip Nymph (sizes 14 to 18), Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph (sizes 16 to 20), Beadhead Hare’s Ear Nymph (sizes 14 to 18), Mercury Brassie (sizes 18 to 20), Rojo Midge (size 22), Mercury Blood Midge (sizes 20 to 22), Red Jujubee Midge (sizes 20 to 22), Johnny Flash (sizes 20 to 24), Mercury Black Beauty (sizes 20 to 22), Gray Mercury Midge (sizes 20 to 22), Black Wooly Sculpin (size 4), Articulated Zoo Cougar (size 4) and Swimming Jimmy (size 4).

Bull Shoals Lake: Wilderness Trail said the water temperature has been in the 80s and the bite on the lake has fallen off some, which is normal for summer. The water clarity is around 15 feet and the thermocline is steady at 36 feet. The water level is 652.99, pretty much the same as last week. The best species to fish for is catfish, as the evening bite has picked up. Bank fisherman, jug fishermen and trotliners are all having success with chicken liver, Magic Bait and nightcrawlers. The best bite is from 9 p.m. until midnight. Crappie are biting under floating lights at night and early in the mornings on the crappie cribs and in the pole trees along bluff walls. Crappie minnows are the key bait this time of year, fished on a crappie jig or colored jighead. Largemouth bass are active in the early mornings on Zara Spooks and buzzbaits. They are pretty spread out, so get on the trolling motor and cover water. Once the sun is up, back off the banks and move to secondary points with Carolina rigs. Smallmouth bass are spending the days around or under ledges and large chunk rock points. Fish a spider jig, tube or Mojo-rigged centipede or finesse worm very slowly. Some smallies are pushing shad to the top in the early mornings, so have a Spit’N Image or Pop R tied on just in case. Some Kentucky bass are feeding on crawdads along channel swings, but the majority of them are still traveling with the shad, which makes it difficult to pinpoint where they are going to be. Either work the creeks and main lake cuts with your electronics looking or schools of shad or fish main lake points and creek arm secondary points with Mad Man craws, Spider Jigs, grubs or centipedes. Walleye are still inside 30 feet of water. Points and ledge rock banks are holding numbers of walleye and the bite is coming in 15 to 28 feet of water. Leeches fished on a harness or split-shot rig have been working well. Long liners are having good luck with Glass Shad, Deep Little N’s and Reef Runners on suspending walleye over deep water. Sugar Loaf Harbor said bream are holding in 15 feet. Walleye have been good on nightcrawlers fished 18 inches off the bottom. Crappie fishing has been fair on minnows suspended over brush piles in 17 to 20 feet of water.

Lake Norfork: Cranfield Junction Quik Stop said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Water temperatures have been hovering in the mid-80s. Bream are excellent on wax worms, crickets and nightcrawlers. Crappie fishing is fair in 25 feet of water on jigs and crappie minnows. Bass fishing has been good. Kentucky bass and largemouths have been biting well from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on spinner baits and small soft plastics fished on deepwater bluffs. Smallmouths are in transition areas and are being caught on tubes and other small soft-plastics. Stripers and hybrids have been busting the surface near the dam and are being caught on top-waters during the frenzy. Trolling during the day in 35 to 45 feet of water is also bringing in a quite a few hybrids. Walleye are suspended from 15 to 25 feet and are being caught on crawler harnesses and stickbaits. Catfish are biting well on prepared baits, shad and chicken livers.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods said the bream fishing is good on crickets fished shallow. Crappie are picking up in the evenings on minnows fished underneath lights. Bass have moved deep and are biting well on large plastic worms, deep crankbaits and black spinner baits in the evening. During the day concentrate your efforts on points. The fish are suspended, but a few are falling for small lures. Catfish have been good on trotlines baited with live shad.

Lake Fayetteville: Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Bream are good in 8 to 9 feet of water on red wigglers and crickets. Crappie are in 8 to 10 feet of water, but the fishing has been slow. Bass are good on soft-plastics and top-water lures in 10-feet deep. Catfishing is poor on chicken livers.

Lake Sequoyah: Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock said the lake is at normal pool and the water is clear. Bream are biting well in 5 to 7 feet of water on worms and crickets fished in brush piles and around stumps. Crappie are hanging out in 6 to 10 feet of water and are biting crappie minnows and tube jigs. Bass are biting well on buzzbaits, spinner baits and soft-plastics in 5 to 10 feet of water.

Beaver Tailwaters: Beaver Dam Store said fishing has been difficult recently. Seems the trout are huddled up for the most part, rather than scattered about. Chartreuse Power Bait, wax worms and salmon eggs worked well. Fishing is more productive in early morning or late afternoon. Super Dupers and Little Cleos are working well. Some good fly patterns are Copper Johns in red or chartreuse (sizes 16 to 18), partridge and yellow soft hackles (sizes 14 to 16), Red Ass (sizes 16 to 18), Renegades (sizes 16 to 18), Griffith’s Gnat (sizes 18 to 20), Scuds in orange or tan (sizes 14 to 16) and Caddis Pupa in cream (size 16). White bass fishing is very good at night under a light near Point 5 and other white bass areas. Temperatures are hitting the low 80s, and black bass are biting from 20- to 25-feet deep, but they may be shallower at night.

Kings River: Kings River Outfitters said the river is very low but floatable if you do not mind dragging your boat a few times. The fishing is excellent. Top-water lures and soft plastics seem to be the best bets for smallmouth. Fish Pop-R’s or Chug Bugs around logs and boulders in the shade. Buzzbaits are also taking a few fish. If the bite is slow, try tubes in green pumpkin or watermelon/red flake on the bottom in eddies adjacent to current. Some smallmouths are being caught on Zoom Brush Hogs in green pumpkin near the Arkansas Hwy 62 Bridge. Fly-fishing for sunfish and rock bass is very productive right now. Fly anglers using popping bugs and crawfish imitations come off the river saying they are worn out from catching fish. Catfish are being caught on liver and nightcrawlers fished around boulders.

Buffalo River: Ozark Outfitters said the river is murky and low. Bream have been good in the shallows on red wigglers and small spinners. Bass fishing has been good on crayfish and Rebel Crawdad crankbaits. Catfishing is good after dark on chicken livers.

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

White River: Local fisherman Jeff Moore said the White River at Guion continues to run low making boating difficult. Trout and bass fishing is fair in the Guion area. Rainbows can be caught either by anchor fishing or drift fishing. Anchor fishing with corn worms or Power Eggs are all effective baits. Largemouth bass from Guion to Batesville seem to be relating to the grass. The best fishing is early and late. Scum frogs, topwaters, Senkos and floating worms will produce a few fish. A variety of fish is being caught below Lock 1. Minnow fishing is producing a mixed bag. You are apt to catch a stringer consisting of drum, sauger, walleye, white bass, bass and catfish. Catfishing is fair using prepared bait and chicken livers.

Lake Charles: Powhatan Landing said the lake is clear and at normal level. Bream are fair about 2-feet deep on crickets fished under a cork. Catfish are fair on chicken livers and stink bait. A few bass in the 5- to 6-lb. range have been caught in the mornings on buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on jigs tipped with minnows fished around brush piles in 2 feet of water.

Black River: Powhatan Landing said the river is stained and low. Smallmouth and Kentucky bass are biting well. Catfish are also biting well on rice slicks and stink bait hunt on trotlines.

Spring River: Many Islands Camp said the river is clear and a little low. Trout fishing has been good on brightly colored Power Bait and Power Nuggets.

SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS

Lake Chicot: Koenig’s Bass Tracker Marine said the lake is clear. Bream are biting fair on small tube jigs and tiny shiners. They aren’t catching many bream, but those that are biting are big. Crappie are fair on wax worms fished near docks and sea walls. Bass are fair on top-water lures and Slug-Gos fished near sea walls. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, chicken livers and dog food fished near the bottom.

Grand Lake: Koenig’s Bass Tracker Marine said crappie are fair on jigs tipped with small minnows.

Arkansas River: Sanders Pawn and Bait said fishing has been slow for all species.

Old Town Lake: Old Town Fish Camp said the lake is low and the water is clear. Bream are biting on wax worms and crickets around the cypress trees. Bass are fair on buzzbaits and top-water lures fished next to the bank. Catfish are good on trotlines baited with minnows and set in 12 feet of water. Crappie are fair around cypress trees.

SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS

Millwood Lake: Millwood Lake Guide Service said the water temperature ranges from 87 to 92 degrees and the water level is about one inch above normal pool. Largemouth bass up to 5 pounds have been excellent on Bass Assassin Shads and Zoom Horny Toads fished around lily pads and vegetation. Mann’s Baby One Minus crankbaits fished along the edges of Little River are also bringing in a few good fish. Gitzits and tubes in green pumpkin/red flake or black/blue flake are taking good keepers in the river cut outs and creek mouths dumping into Little River. Concentrate on the stumps in 9 to 12 feet of water. Bass are still chasing shad near the top of the water early and late in the day and can be caught on baby Torpedoes and white Rat-L-Traps during the feeding frenzy. During heat of the day, 1-ounce Rat-L-Traps in shad patterns or white are taking some good bass. Carolina rigs worked over the river drops and the hydrilla in 8-9 feet of water are also pulling in some decent fish. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the last few days, two- to three-pound largemouths were schooling in the upriver oxbows like Mud Lake and Horseshoe Lake. Kentucky bass and white bass remain fair to good, hitting small, ¼-ounce Rat-L-Traps in white, or white and chartreuse rocket shads, and Rooster Tail spinners in chrome-and-red or white-and-red. Crappie fishermen report fair catches over brush piles between 15- and 18-feet deep using shiners. For those fishing below the spillway, current is slightly decreased in Little River. Release at the dam is 387CFS with only one gate open at 1 foot. Water clarity in the river is about 15 to 20 inches.

Lake Columbia: Steve’s Marine said the lake is at a normal level and the fishing is good. Bream are biting well, and many large bull bluegills have been pulled from 12 to 14 feet. Crappie are holding in deep water, but are suspended at around 10-feet deep. Small minnows and jigs are catching a few. Catfishing is good on trotlines baited with live minnows.

Lake Erling: Steve’s Marine said the lake level is normal. Catfish are biting excellent on sour corn and nightcrawlers. Bass fishing is fair on copper-bladed black spinner baits fished near the docks. Crappie are fair on small shiners and jigs tightlined in deep holes and around structure. Bream are good on red worms and crickets in 6 to 8 feet of water.

White Oak Lake: Charlie’s One Stop said Bream are fair on crickets fished tight to structure. Crappie and bass fishing have been poor, with only a few being caught early and late in the day.

Lake Greeson: Lakeside Grocery, Motel/Bait Shop said the fishing has been terrible lately. The combination of low water and the summer boat traffic has given the fish a good case of lockjaw.

DeGray Lake: DeGray One Stop said the lake is falling and the water temperature is in the mid-80s. The clarity is still ultra-clear. Bream have been good from 8 to 24 feet deep on crickets. Crappie fishing has been fair during the day, but it really picks up after the sun goes down. Most crappie are holding in 18 to 28 feet of water. White bass and hybrids are active in the early mornings and are being caught on Rooster Tails, spoons and Near Nothings. Bass have been fair on finesse worms fished behind Carolina rigs and Horny Toads fished in the shallow water during low light. Point Cedar Bait Shop said the lake is clear and bream have been good on crickets fished in the grass.

Little Missouri River: Generator Three is online, but the fishing has not picked up. The Corps is still not generating at full potential, so the water temperature is getting high.

WEST-CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Lake Dardanelle: Early Bird Outfitters said the lake is clearing and at a normal level. Bream have been biting well in the grass and on sandy points in 3 feet of water. Red worms and crickets have been the go-to baits. Crappie fishing has been poor. Bass fishing was slow with the increased pressure of the Big Bass Bonanza, but the big fish of the tournament was caught in Dardanelle. Catfish are being caught on stink bait, cut shad and live bait drifted below the dam.

Ozark Pool: Lakeside Food Mart said the water is high and muddy, making for difficult fishing. All species are slow. Some bass have been caught, but it is still only fair at best.

Lake Ouachita: Trader Bill’s Sport Shop said the water is clear. Bream are holding in pockets about 5-feet deep and are being caught on worms and crickets. Catfish are biting well on blood bait and bass minnows on humps in 10 feet of water. Bass have been good on Zara Spooks early in the morning and on Texas-rigged ringworms from 10 to 15 feet deep.

Lake Catherine: Trader Bill’s Sport Shop said the lake is clear. Bream are biting well on red wigglers and crickets in 5 to 6 feet of water. Largemouth bass are good on Texas-rigged worms fished in the brush piles out to 10-feet deep. Lake Catherine State Park said catfishing is good on blood bait and yo-yos baited with shad.

Lake Hamilton: Trader Bill’s Sport Shop said the lake is clear and at normal level. Bream have been biting well around 5 feet deep on worms and crickets. Black bass have been breaking in the early mornings and have been taken on top-water lures during the feeding frenzy. During the day, try a Texas-rigged worm fished in the brush around 10-feet deep.

Lake Hinkle: Bill’s Bait Shop said the water is clear and at normal level. Bass fishing has been good on soft-plastic worms and crankbaits in the afternoon and buzzbaits or top-water plugs. Catfish are good on goldfish and shiners. Bream are still hot on crickets.

Lake Atkins: Lucky Landing said the lake is clear and at normal level. Bream are biting well on wax worms and crickets. Crappie fishing was poor all last week. Catfish are picking up in 4 feet of water on live minnows and nightcrawlers. Bass fishing has been spotty, but some bass have been picked up on soft plastics and crankbaits fished near brush and other structure.

Lake Nimrod: Lake Nimrod Bait ‘n’ More II said the lake is at 345, which is normal pool. Crappie have been biting from 7- to 12-feet deep on minnows, pink-and-white and red-and-chartreuse jigs and Bandit crankbaits. Many good catfish have been caught on large minnows and nightcrawlers and on jugs baited with goldfish. Bream fishing is hot on red wigglers and crickets. Some bass fishermen have reported decent catches on spinner baits, buzzbaits and soft plastics early and late in the day.

Arkansas River: Tackle Box said the river is high and muddy, but the backwater creeks are fair. Bream fishing is poor, but should pick up again soon. Crappie are fair in 10 to 12 feet of water on jigs and minnows. Largemouth bass are good on jig-and-craw combos and 10-inch power worms. Stick to darker colors in the muddy water. Catfishing is good below the dam on cut shad. Many catfish have been caught on trotlines baited with goldfish as well.

SOUTH-CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Felsenthal: Crossroads said bream fishing is good on crickets, wax worms and red wigglers fished in the shallows. Top-water poppers are also catching a few bream for the warmwater fly fishers. Bass are fair on top-water lures fished among the cypress trees. Catfish are fair on cold worms.

Saline River: Sanders Pawn and Bait said fishing has been slow for all species.

Cox Creek Lake: Sanders Pawn and Bait said the fishing has been poor for all species.

EAST ARKANSAS:

Arkansas River at Pine Bluff: Tackle Box said the river is muddy and high, making it dangerous for smaller boats. Bream fishing has been excellent on crickets. Crappie fishing is good on minnows fished near the bottom on slip-cork rigs. Bass have been fair on soft-plastics. River City Sporting Goods said some bass have been picked up using crankbaits and Gitzits. White bass are biting well on crappie jigs and spoons.

Maddox Bay: Maddox Bay Landing said the water is clear and low. Bream are heating up in the mornings in 1 to 21/2 feet of water on red wigglers and crickets. Crappie are poor. Catfishing in the river is improving on nightcrawlers and stink bait. Bass have gone deep, but a few are being pulled up on crankbaits.

Bear Creek Lake: Six Rivers Sport Center said bream fishing is good on red worms and crickets. Crappie fishing is fair on minnows and jigs in 13 to 15 feet of water. Catfishing is good on jugs baited with rice slicks. Bass have slowed down, but can be caught early and late in the day on buzzbaits and other top-water lures. Arkansas Outdoors said the hot weather has slowed down the fishing and chased off many fishermen.

Horseshoe Lake: Local fisherman Clyde Gregory said the lake is clear and fishing has been good. Bream are on the beds and holding at the edge of the pads. Try fishing a cricket next to isolated clumps of pads in 3 to 4 feet of water. Crappie fishing has been good on minnows and jigs fished next to piers in 10 feet of water. The best colors have been black-and-chartreuse and black-and-white. Bass fishing is good in the mornings working the edges of the pads with top-water lures and in the pad fields with Scum Frogs and other weedless topwaters. Catfishing is excellent on stink bait and limb lines and yo-yos baited with cut bait.

White River Refuge Lakes: Ed’s Bait Shop said fishing has been very slow with the hot weather.

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