Arkansas weekly fishing report – By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Tip of the Week: Try pitching egg patterns to trout throughout the year when the fishing gets slow. They’re not the most glamorous fly, but produce results on hatchery-raised fish, who must take an “eat now, taste later” attitude in order to thrive in the competition of a concrete run.
Lake Conway: Bates Field and Stream said the lake is clear and a little low. Bream fishing is good on worms, wax worms, crickets and TiniMite bream jigs fished next to the bank. Crappie fishing is good on minnows fished on the shady side of the cypress trees. Bass are good in early mornings and late evenings on white or chartreuse buzzbaits and Zoom Horny Toads fished around lily pads. Dark plastic worms are catching a few fish near pads. Catfishing is fair on trotlines, yo-yos and jugs baited with cut shad.
Little Red River: Lindsey’s Resort said the river is running excellent, with one unit being turned on in the afternoon. Many fish were caught last weekend on Power Bait, Nightcrawlers and Power Eggs in the low water areas.
Greers Ferry: Tommy Cauley of Fishfinder Guide Service said the water level is at 435.17. The catfishing is still very good on the lake and they are being caught anywhere from 8 feet to 30 feet deep on nightcrawlers and bream. The crappie are still suspended in the treetops 8 to 25 feet deep, the depth fluctuates daily with the weather. The bream action is very good with crickets in 25 feet of water around boat docks. The bass fishing is good in the mornings and evenings with top-water lures. As the sun gets up, fish Texas-rigged worms and Carolina-rigged centipedes in 12 to 45 feet of water for all 3 species. The hybrid and white bass continue to school all over the lake. Point 14, Salt Creek, The Rockpile Area, and The Narrows are the best spots to start. Black bass, smallmouth and Kentuckies are mixed in with them. You can catch them just about anywhere you find the shad on top-water baits, spoons, Rinky Dinks and in-line spinners. The night fishing is still good under lights in the ditches and mouth of creeks. The walleye continue to come in from fisherman trolling all sorts of baits. Deep-diving crankbaits and leeches are producing the best in 33 to 45 feet of water. After the rain we are getting, most fish will make a major move to the creeks after the shad and come up and stay up out of deeper water until January or so.
Shiloh Marina said the lake is clear and low. Many boats have been out in the last few days. Bream fishing is fair in 10 feet of water on worms fished along the tree line. White bass and hybrids are biting well on CC spoons and Little Georges fished along the bottom. Catfish, walleye and Crappie were all fair.
Harris Brake Lake: Coffee Creek Landing said the lake is low. Bream are biting well on crickets. A few incidental crappie are also being taken on crickets by the bream fishermen. Bas are biting well on soft-plastics fished on the first drop to deep water. Catfishing has been slow but steady on nightcrawlers.
Lake Overcup: Lakeview Landing said the action is beginning to pick up. The lake is extremely low. Bream are fair in the shallows and along the banks on crickets and red worms. Crappie fishing is good in 6 to 11 feet of water on minnows and jigs fished along the creek bends. Bass fishing is fair in 1 to 3 feet of water on small spinnerbaits like the Booyah Pond Magic. Trotliners are bringing in a few catfish with live minnows and shad in the middle of the lake.
Cadron Creek: Wooster Grocery said fishing for all species has been poor. A few bream have been caught on crickets and a couple of anglers have caught a few crappie on live minnows.
Beaverfork Lake: Wooster Grocery said bream fishing is fair on crickets. Bass and crappie are holding in the shallows and occasionally take minnows. Some bass have been taken on top-water lures.
Toad Suck Lock and Dam: Bates Field and Stream said crappie fishing is fair behind jetties on minnows. Bass fishing is good early in the morning on large stick baits and black Bandit crankbaits behind jetties. Catfishing is fair on shad, trotline minnows and night crawlers.
Little Maumelle River: River Valley Bait said the river is at normal level and normal clarity. Bream are biting well in 3 feet of water on waxworms in any cover along the banks. Catfishing is good on live and prepared baits fished on the bottom in the deeper pockets.
Lake Cargile: Beeson’s Grocery said the lake is almost clear and low. Bream fishing is good on red wigglers and crickets. Crappie fishing is good on live minnows under a slip-cork rig. Bass fishing is fair at best.
Lake Maumelle: Jolly Roger’s Marina said black bass are biting well. They are in deeper water, out to 25 feet deep during the day, but are moving shallow at dawn and dusk. Try crankbaits and spinner baits during the low-light hours and Carolina rigs, drop-shotted soft plastics and tubes during the middle of the day. Kentucky bass are good and are holding in 20- to 25-foot water. Anglers are doing well on 3-inch pumpkin grubs, worms and tube lures. The white bass are schooling from the marina east to Three-fingers Cove with some reports of white bass surfacing just north of Jim’s Island. Catfish are biting well on large minnows and prepared baits in 25 feet of water. Crappie fishing is fair on 1/32-ounce jigs and small crappie minnows fished in 18 to 22 feet of water. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms in 20 feet of water.
Arkansas River: Charley’s Hidden Harbor near Oppelo said the river is flowing at 21,000 cubic feet per second with a headwater of 285.57 and a tailwater of 265.22. The hot weather has shut down the mid-day fishing. White bass are strong just before daylight until 8:30 or so on pearl- and shad-colored Hawg Traps and lipless crankbaits. The best action has been around Flagg Lake, Point Remove Creek and Copper’s Gap. Black bass are biting well early on buzzbaits and jitterbugs around any overhangs. Once the sun is up, Junebug-colored worms are producing along the drops in 3 to 8 feet of water. Stripers are still around the jetty tips and are biting live shad. Bream are in 2 to 5 feet of water and are being caught on crickets. Crappie fishermen are doing well around woody structure in 3 to 10 feet of water. Catfish are biting whole shad in the late evening in 5 to 10 feet of water near the channel.
Tom’s Lake: Shirley’s Bait said the lake is low, but the water clarity is fair. Catfishing is good on worms, chicken livers, cut shad and live bass minnows.
Bradford Lake: Shirley’s Bait said the lake is low. Catfishing is good on cut shad, chicken livers and live bait.
White River: Shirley’s Bait said the river is running low and the clarity is fair. Catfishing is good on worms, chicken livers, cut shad and minnows.
Pickthorne Lake: Outdoor Super Store said the weather has just been too hot for any good fishing reports.
Sunset Lake: Turbyfil’s said the lake is low. Bass fishing has been good around the brush piles in 12 to 15 feet of water. Try using a soft-plastic worm in red shad or other dark colors.
Saline River Access in Benton: Turbyfil’s said the river is running low and clear. Bass fishing has been good on the smallmouths around brush piles on top-water lures. A few walleye have been picked up in the deeper holes on brightly colored crankbaits.
Terry Lock and Dam: McSwain Sports Center said the river is muddy and at normal levels. Fishing was slow for all species.
Clear Lake: McSwain Sports Center said the water is high and clear. Fishing was poor last week for all species. A few bream were caught on crickets in 2 to 3 feet of water. Some bass were also taken around brushy areas in 2 to 3 feet of water. The bass were caught on a bloodline-colored soft-plastic worm fished right against the stumps.
White River: Gaston’s White River Resort said the river is running clear and low. One to two generators are running in the afternoons. Fishing has been excellent on orange and yellow Power Bait and nightcrawlers. The best artificials have been olive green wooly buggers and pink chenille jigs.
Wilderness Trail said Fishing for trout on the White River has been good on Berkley Power Eggs in yellow, white and pink. . With generation the Buoyant Spoons, Blue Fox and Little Cleos are the bait of choice. The fly fishermen did well on olive Woolly Bugger, Zebra Midge and olive scuds and sow bugs. The Brown trout are being caught on Countdowns, Flat Fish and Rogues.
Bull Shoals Lake: Wilderness Trail said the lake level this week is 647.71, 6½ feet below normal pool. The thermocline has been dropping a little each week with the pool drawn down. This week the thermocline is at 35 feet and steady. As of Sunday morning, the surface temperature was 77 degrees. Crappie were spotty this week, one day they were on the brush piles and the next day they were suspended out in front of them. Crappie minnows still are the best bait to use, but grubs and Swimming Minnows are also triggering a few. Largemouth bass made a little move towards the banks with the cool down but that move will be short lived with the heat. Work the banks in the middle of the pockets and creeks first thing in the morning with buzzbaits or Zara Spooks. After the sun hits the surface, move to secondary points with jigs, Carolina rigs or Mojo rigs. Smallmouth bass are feeding on crayfish on chunk rock and pea rock points. The best bite is in the morning and again around 2 to 6 in the afternoon. Spider Jigs, tubes, Carolina-rigged centipedes and football jigs are all producing some nice smallies. Kentucky bass disappeared last week with the shad moving to shallower water. Walleye are out in the thermocline around points and over the flooded forest. A number of anglers have been vertically jigging a spoon and catching quite a few nice walleye. Long liners have also been having some success pulling smaller baits with leadcore line. Stay in 34 to 38 feet of water even on sunny hot days. As long as the walleyes food source is in the thermocline the walleye will stay there.
Sugar Loaf Harbor said the lake is 8 feet below normal. The lake clarity is good to 18 feet, where it gets cloudy, but the water gets clear again at 42 feet. Bream fishing is excellent from the surface down to 10 feet practically everywhere on the lake. Red wigglers have caught the most bream. Crappie fishing is good on minnows fished on slip-cork rigs over brush piles in 32 feet of water. Bass fishing is fair on crayfish around 20 feet deep. Catfishing is good using jug lines; some large cats are being taken.
Lake Norfork: Cranfield Junction Quik Stop said the lake is clear. Bream are biting well on main points and in the shallows from 3 to 5 feet deep on red worms and crickets. Crappie fishing is fair around 30 feet deep on jigheads baited with a minnow. Bass fishing is good on the deep (42-feet deep) drops on spoons. Early and late in the day, some bass are biting on jigs and top-water lures on main points. Catfishing is decent on nightcrawlers and shiners fished along the creek bends in 12 to 25 feet of water.
Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods said the lake is a little low. Bluegill are biting fair in the shallows on red worms and crickets. Crappie fishermen are doing well in 4 to 10 feet of water on tubes, curly-tail grubs and minnows in the river arms. Black bass are fair in the shallows at night on dark-colored plastic worms. During the day, try finesse worms on a jighead. Catfishing has been fair on trotlines baited with live bait.
Lake Fayetteville: Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock said the lake is 6 to 8 feet low and the water is clear. Bluegill and redear sunfish are biting red worms well in 5 to 7 feet of water at the base of brush piles. Crappie fishing is fair in 10 to 12 feet of water on minnows fished around any submerged brush. Catfishing is fair, but no details are coming in from fishermen.
Lake Sequoyah: Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock said the lake is clear and 21/2 feet below normal. Bream fishing is good on crickets around any visible cover in 2 to 8 feet of water. Crappie are biting well around the same areas on minnows and jigs. Bass fishing is fair in 2 to 6 feet of water on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and top-waters worked around the weeds, lily pads and moss. Catfishing is good in the main channel of the lake on goldfish, chicken livers and nightcrawlers.
Kings River: Kings River Outfitters said the river is very low. Floating is not impossible, it just requires some effort. The fishing is incredible. Topwaters and natural color soft plastics will do the job for smallmouth bass. The same lures in a smaller size will work on rock bass and sunfish.
Buffalo River: Ozark Outfitters said the river is running low and has a stain in the water. Bass fishing has been good at night on top-water lures fished in 2 to 4 feet of water. Catfish are good at night on chicken livers and night crawlers. Bream fishing is good on night crawlers fished 4-6 feet deep.
Lake Charles: Powhatan Landing said the lake is low and stained. Bream fishing is good with crickets around brush piles, stumps and rocky points. Crappie fishing is fair in deep water with minnows around brush piles, stumps and rocky points. Bass fishing is fair with crankbaits. Catfish are biting on chicken liver and stink bait.
Black River: Powhatan Landing said the river is clear and low. Catfishing is fair with chicken liver and stink bait. Also, some Kentuckies are being picked up.
Spring River: Many Islands Camp said the river is running low and clear. Trout fishing was excellent last weekend on in-line spinners and PowerBait.
Lake Chicot: Koenig’s Bass Tracker Marine said the bream are biting tiny tube jigs fished near stumps, but most of the activity is early or late in the day.
Lake Monticello: Outdoor Super Store said few fishermen have been on the lake.
Grand Lake: Koenig’s Bass Tracker Marine said crappie are fair on jigs tipped with small minnows.
Arkansas River: Sanders Pawn and Bait said there have been no reports of good fishing.
Millwood Lake: Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake is 1 inch above normal with a discharge at the dam of 176 cubic feet per second. The surface temperature ranges from 78 to 84 degrees during the day. Fishing for largemouth bass has been good, with the best bite in the early morning or late evening. Heddon Dying Flutters, white or firecracker buzzbaits, Zoom Horny Toads, Turbo Shads, or Bass Assassin Shads in crystal shad or bubble gum colors, are all taking some early morning keepers along the pad edges in Little River. The jig bite is beginning to improve with some better fish coming from the bases of cypress trees around 7-10 feet deep. Berkley 10″ Power Worms in red shad or blueberry colors are taking keeper length bass along the river’s washouts where laydowns or stumps are present. Crappie remain best early in the mornings, although the crappie bite is beginning to shift closer to the mid-morning hours. The best fishing this week is on smoke-colored grubs, 13 to 15 feet deep, in contact with planted brush piles and tops. The catfish bite is good on live shiners, cut shad, or chicken livers, on yo-yos under cypress trees in Mud Lake and McGuire Lake, and trot lines in Little River set at 15-20 feet. The best yo-yo bite is at night on live shiners, in 9-14 feet depths. White bass are still randomly schooling in Little River and are hitting ¼- to ½-oz. Rat-L-Traps in chrome, white, or chrome/chartreuse colors. Good areas this week have been in Little River around White Cliffs, McGuire Lake, and Ark. Highway 71 Landing. Once you find those schools of shad, the whites will be just below or adjacent to the school.
Lake Columbia: Steve’s Marine said the yearling bass are schooling a little all over the lake. Bream are biting well on red wigglers in 3 to 4 feet of water. Crappie fishing is fair on gray-and-pink jigs from 10 to 12 feet deep. Catfishing is fair on night crawlers.
Lake Erling: Steve’s Marine said the lake is low. Catfishing is fair on chicken livers. A few black bass have been caught at night on spinner baits with large, black blades.
White Oak Lake: Charlie’s One Stop said the lake is low and clear. No reports for fishing have come in all week.
Lake Greeson: Lakeside Grocery, Motel/Bait Shop said the lake is low and clear. Crappie fishing is good around 15 feet deep on minnows fished in the brush piles.
DeGray Lake: Point Cedar Bait Shop said crappie are biting well on number 4 minnows. All other fishing has been slow. DeGray One Stop said the water level is still low on DeGray. Bream fishing is good in 25 to 35 feet of water on crickets fished along roadbeds and on the islands. Crappie are fair at night along the creek channels and rocky points in 18 to 28 feet of water. Hybrids and black bass are good in the early and late hours of the day on top-water lures and Roostertails. The most action has been around Edgewood, the mouth of Brushy Creek and the Caddo Bend area. Catfishing is fair on live bait fished under jugs and noodles in 18 to 25 feet of water.
Lake Dardanelle: Early Bird Outfitters said the water is at normal levels and the surface temperature is cooling to 80 degrees. Bream fishing is good in 2 to 4 feet of water on crickets and red worms fished in grassy areas and on rocky points. Bass have been good on shallow-running crankbaits fished along the rocks near the bank. Catfish are good on chicken livers and live bait on jugs drifted below the river dam. Cross Creek said crappie are coming back to the brush piles and are biting fairly well on jigs. Bass fishing was fair last week on soft-plastics and top-water lures around brush and other cover.
Ozark Pool: Lakeside Food Mart said there hasn’t been much fishing pressure with everyone getting ready for hunting season. Bream are biting fair on nightcrawlers and crickets in 4 feet of water. Crappie are biting fair in 20 feet of water on cast and trolled Rat-L-Traps. Bass are fair on crankbaits fished against the rocks. Catfish are fair on cut bait and shrimp in the river.
Lake Ouachita: Cross Creek said crappie fishermen did fairly well last week on crappie jigs fished just outside the moss line. Trader Bill’s Sport Shop said the lake is low and clear. Bream are holding in 8 to 10 feet of water and are biting crickets well just outside the moss line. Crappie fishing is good in 15 feet of water. Black bass are schooling on the surface in the middle of the day. Clear and bone-colored Zara Spooks and Crazy Shads are working well on schooling fish.
Lake Catherine: Trader Bill’s Sport Shop said the lake is clear and at normal elevation. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets in 8 to 10 feet of water. Crappie fishing is good on spoons around brush piles and stumps and on the outside edge of the moss line in 15 feet of water. Bass are biting well at mid-day on jigs and spoons in 15 feet of water. The bass are also biting well early and late in the day on top-water lures skipped under docks and overhangs.
Lake Hamilton: Trader Bill’s Sport Shop said the lake is clear and at normal levels. Bream fishing has been good on 8 to 10 feet of water on worms and crickets. Crappie fishing is good in 15 feet of water around moss lines and brush piles. Try a silver spoon or heavy jig-and-minnow combination. Stripers are breaking early in the morning and late in the evening over water 25 feet deep. Black bass are biting well on top-water lures and spinnerbaits in the middle of the day when they are schooling in open areas of the coves. Dark soft-plastic worms and black spinnerbaits are working well at night on the largemouths.
Lake Hinkle: Bill’s Bait Shop said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Crappie are biting fair in 20 to 25 feet of water. The few that are being caught are nice-sized fish. Bass are schooling and are being caught both on the surface and on the first drop to deep water on soft-plastic worms. Catfish are biting well on live bait and chicken livers fished around stumps in the back of the lake.
Lake Atkins: Lucky Landing said the lake is clear and low. Crappie are biting well 6 to 10 feet deep on minnows fished near brush.
Lake Nimrod: Lake Nimrod Bait ‘n’ More II said the lake is at 342 feet. Bass fishing is fair using plastic worms or spinnerbaits. Bream are biting well on worms or crickets. Turkey livers, worms, minnows and goldfish are catching quite a few catfish on yo-yos and rod-and-reel. Crappie are biting well, the fish are still a bit deep but are being taken on minnows and jigs.
Arkansas River: Cross Creek said crappie fishing was fair to good on crappie jigs fished just out of the current. Bass fishing is fair on soft-plastic lures and top-water lures fished around the brush in the slack-water areas. Tackle Box said the river is very muddy right now. Crappie are biting well on minnows in 6 to 8 feet of water on area lakes. Bass fishing is good early in the mornings on top-water lures fished against the banks. As the sun gets high, pitching a jig is catching a few fish around the visible structure. Catfishing is good below the dam on cut shad.
Saline River: Sanders Pawn and Bait said few anglers have been visiting the river lately.
Cox Creek Lake: Sanders Pawn and Bait said the lake is dark and low. Crappie fishing is fair with minnows deep after dark. Catfishing is fair on trotlines.
Arkansas River (Pine Bluff): The Tackle Box said the river is running fairly clear and is at normal levels. Bream are biting well on wax worms, crickets and red wigglers in 8 inches of water along the edge of the current breaks. Crappie fishing is fair on minnows fished 8 to 10 feet deep in the slack-water areas. Bass fishing is poor, but a few fish have been caught on buzzbaits and crankbaits fished along the banks out to 6 feet of water. Catfishing is poor. A few cats have been pulled from the deepest pockets on the river with nightcrawlers. River City Sporting Goods said the river has been fairly clear. Black bass are biting well in the shallow water out to 7 feet deep around the rocks and grass beds. Try casting a crankbait parallel to the structure. Catfish are fair on large minnows and cut shad.
Maddox Bay: Maddox Bay Landing said the lake is low, but the clarity is good. Bream are biting fair on popping bugs and other top-water flies. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished in 2 to 5 feet of water around the tops of trees and brush piles. Catfish are fair in the still-water areas on stinkbait.
Midway Lake: Ed’s Boat Camp said the lake is too low to launch a boat.
Bear Creek Lake: Six Rivers Sport Center said the lake is low with normal water clarity. Bream are biting well on crickets fished in the brush piles from 2 to 3 feet deep. Bass fishing is good in 6 to 8 feet of water on soft-plastics fished over the points. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers. Cast out as far from the bank as you can with a slip-sinker rig for the cats.
Horseshoe Lake: Local fisherman Clyde Gregory said the lake is clear and low. Bream are biting well on crickets fished 3 feet deep along the cypress trees. Crappie fishing is fair on minnows fished along the piers. Bass fishing has been good with some healthy fish being caught on white spinnerbaits along the brush. A tournament last week had some good stringers in it, with some 51/2-pound fish anchoring their catch. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and stinkbait fished under yo-yos around the cypress trees.
White River Refuge Lakes: Ed’s Bait Shop said the lakes are extremely low. Not many people are fishing right now, most are getting ready for hunting season.