Arkansas weekly fishing report

Arkansas weekly fishing report — May 11 By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission May 15, 2005

Fishing Tip: When playing a big fish, leave the drag set light enough to let the fish run when it wants to. Pump the rod to lead the fish to you, and reel in when the fish is not pulling hard enough to keep the line tight.

CENTRAL ARKANSAS:

Little Rock City Parks: Family and Community Fisheries Program Biologist Clifton Jackson said that catfish are being taken at many of the regularly stocked program sites. Cherrywood Lake in Sherwood and Willow Beach Park Lake in Scott recently received full truck-loads of adult channel catfish. Bream are moving in close to the bank at many of the parks as they prepare to spawn.

Lake Conway: Bates Field and Stream said the lake is not very clear, but the level is normal. Bream are heading to the beds and are biting well in shallow water around brush or stumps on red worms, crickets, pink minnows and jigs in chartreuse or red-and-black. Crappie fishing is good using pink minnows or jigs in chartreuse or pink-and-black around brush piles or stumps. Bass fishing is fair using Zoom worms near trees close to the bank. Catfishing is fair using chicken liver, crickets and nightcrawlers.

Little Red River: Lindsey’s Rainbow Resort said the river conditions are good. Some water is generated in the afternoon, but there has mostly been low-water fishing. Tout fishing is good using wax worms with marshmallows, chartreuse Power Eggs, nightcrawlers, Little Cleos, Roostertails and trout magnets.

Greers Ferry: Local Fishing Guide Tommy Cauley said the lake level has been pretty stable at 462.48 feet, which is about a foot above normal. Bass fishing is really good using a variety of baits. Fishermen are catching a lot of small pre-spawn and post spawn bass. It took 13.09 pounds to win the bass tournament. The winner used a jig head worm both sight fishing and blind fishing. Bass can also be caught using a Texas-rigged lizard in front of and in the bushes, Carolina rigs behind the bushes, flukes rigged sideways, floating worms rigged wacky style and Texas-style top-water baits or buzzbaits. Crappie fishing is still really good using minnows and jigs in the bushes on all three rivers. Hybrid fishing is spotty during the day, but some are biting at Piney Point. At night, hybrids are biting under the bridge at the narrows. The white bass are still being caught up river and under the bridge at the narrows. A lot of the white bass have not yet spawned. Catfish are biting on just about anything. The bream bite is good fishing shallow with crickets and worms.

Lake Overcup: Lakeview Landing said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Bream fishing is good using red worms and crickets in shallow water around the bank. Crappie fishing is good using minnows and jigs around brush piles and stumps. Bass fishing is good from 2- to 3-feet deep using spinner baits, tube jigs and minnows around the brush. Catfish are biting well on trotlines baited with chicken liver, minnows and catfish bait.

Big Maumelle River: Hatchet Jack?s Sport Shop said bream fishing is good on the lower end using crickets, red worms and Belgian reds. The bream are expected to bed again before the next full moon. Crappie fishing is fair to good using live minnows around the cypress trees.

Little Maumelle River: River Valley Bait said the river conditions are normal. Bream fishing is fair from 3- to 5-feet deep using wax worms, red wigglers and nightcrawlers. Crappie fishing is poor. Bass fishing is fair up to 3-feet deep using assorted lures and minnows. Catfishing is good using just about anything along the bottom. Hatchet Jack?s Sport Shop said bream fishing is excellent from 2- to 4-feet deep using crickets, wax worms, red worms and Belgian red worms. Crappie fishing is good using live minnows. Bass are biting fair to good on white spinner baits, Zoom Horny Toads and Lizards in june bug. Catfishing is fair to good using limb lines or trotlines baits with slicks, shad or skipjack.

Lake Cargile: Beeson?s Grocery said crappie, bass and catfish are all excellent.

Lake Maumelle: Jolly Roger?s Marina said black bass are biting well. They have finished spawning but are still located among shallow weeds up to 6-feet deep. The north side of the lake is best. Largemouths are hitting best on dark-colored crankbaits, spinner baits and floating worms. The Kentuckies are close to the banks and are being caught 5- to 10-feet deep. They are hitting 3-inch pumpkin grubs, crankbaits and CC Spoons. The white bass have finished the spring run and activity is slow. Roostertails, CC Spoons, 3-inch white grubs and Rogues with orange bellies are all working to catch a few whites. Catfishing is good. They are in deep water (20 to 28 feet) and are hitting on large minnows and prepared baits. The crappie have finished their spawn and being caught in about 5 to 10 feet of water on small 1/32-ounce jigs and crappie minnows. Reports on bream are very good and picking up. They are hitting on crickets and worms 5 to 15 feet deep.

Arkansas River: Charley?s Hidden Harbor near Oppelo said the flow from Lock #9 is 20,000 cubic feet per second with headwater at 285.96 feet and tailwater at 265.40 feet. The water has been steady for the past few days. Black bass fishing is much improved; these fish are in shallow water and biting well on floating worms hooked through the middle. The black bass appear to be trying to bed up. Catfishing is strong early and late using live shad from 3- to 8-feet deep. Crappie fishing is good on the backside of the jetties. Try using live bait. White bass are chasing shad early and late in the day. So, try using Storm Big 4-inch shad on Flag Lake and at Cooper?s Gap. Bream are biting well on crickets and flies behind the sand bars. The bream are trying to bed up on shallow sandy areas. Stripers are strong below the dam both late in the evening and just before sunrise. Try using popper style plugs.

Arkansas River (Little Rock area): Hatchet Jack?s Sport Shop said bass fishing is good on the jetties using white buzzbaits (early and late) and Carolina-rigged 4-inch worms. Catfish are biting really well on trotlines baited with slicks, shad or skipjack.

Tom?s Lake: Shirley?s Bait said bream fishing is good using worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well on crickets and crappie minnows. Bass are biting fair on crappie minnows. Catfishing is good using worms, crawfish, goldfish and bass minnows.

Bradford Lake: Shirley?s Bait said the lake clarity is fair. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie fishing is good using crappie minnows and crickets. Bass fishing is fair using crappie minnows. Catfish are being taken on worms, crawfish, goldfish and bass minnows.

Pickthorne Lake: Outdoor Super Store said the lake is muddy and down about a foot. Bream are biting well about 1 ?-feet deep on red worms and crickets near brush. Crappie fishing is fair about 1 ?-feet deep using minnows around the edge of the lake. Crappie appear to be moving into 6-feet water depths. Bass are biting well on Zoom Brush Hogs in june bug or green pumpkin from 1- to 3-feet deep. Catfish are biting on chicken liver and nighcrawlers in the middle of the lake.

White River: Shirley?s Bait said bream fishing is good using worms and crickets. Crappie fishing is good using crappie minnows and crickets. Bass are biting fair. Catfishing are biting on worms, crawfish, goldfish and bass minnows.

Burns Park: Hatchet Jack?s Sport Shop said crappie are biting well on live minnows. Catfishing is excellent pole fishing, using trotlines or using limb lines baited with shad, nightcrawlers or skipjack.

Murray Lock and Dam: Hatchet Jack?s Sport Shop said please remember fishing access is restricted to the north side of the hydro plant. White bass are biting on small crappie jigs and small Twistertails. Stripers are biting on chartreuse Man?s Twin Tails. Catfishing is fair to good snagging or bait fishing with skipjacks or slicks.

NORTH ARKANSAS:

White River: Gaston’s White River Resort said the river is clear, and the water level is low. Trout fishing is excellent either bait fishing or fly-fishing. Try using corn, African red worms, sowbugs, tan scuds, green Wooly Buggers or small midges in red or green.

North Fork River: McLellan?s Fly Shop said generation has been more sporadic lately, but there has been some good wade-fishing opportunities during the morning

hours. With all of the recent high water, the trout are in very good shape. Several fat brook trout have been taken just below Norfork Dam. During low water, concentrate your nymph fishing on the faster runs and riffles; tie on a size 16 scud or sowbug. During high-water conditions, streamer fishing has also been excellent from a boat (especially on overcast days). Using Streamer Express lines, big new streamers like the Swimming Jimmy and Articulated Zoo Cougar have produced several strikes lately and plenty of excitement. 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 sowbug (sizes 14 to 16), Graphic Caddis in tan and olive (sizes 14 to 18), Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph (sizes 16to 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 Tailwater: McLellan?s Fly Shop said generation has slacked off some this week, providing some low water wade-fishing opportunities. After all of the recent high water, the trout are used to eating a lot. In the faster riffles and runs, drift a scud, sowbug, mayfly nymph or caddis pupa under a strike indicator and hold on. Caddis action is still hot on the White River. So, be sure to have plenty of caddis pupa, as well as dries, in your fly box. Pupa patterns like the Z-Wing Caddis and the new Graphic Caddis are some of our favorites. As for dry fly patterns, it is hard to beat the classic Elk Hair Caddis, but new versions like Rainy?s Foam-Body Elk Hair Caddis and the flashy Pearl-and-Elk are productive new twists on the original. For slower currents, also carry the E-Z Caddis, which rides flush in the film. The best flies have been: zebra and black-and-olive Rubber-leg Copper John (sizes 14 to 18), McLellan?s Woven V-Rib sowbug (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 (and variations) (sizes 14 to 18), E-Z Caddis (14-18), 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).

Bull Shoals Lake: Wilderness Trail said spring is finally here. The warmer weather has increased the lake temperature to 64.3 degrees. However, the lake temperature at 20-feet deep is 54 degrees. So, the lake still has a lot of warming before the temperature is where it should be for this time of year. The lake level this week is 653.81feet, which is ? foot below normal pool. White Bass are done with their spawn and are still in the back of the creeks and pockets feeding on shad. Now, would be a good time to catch a mess. Roadrunners, small spoons and Rapala or Lucky Craft jerkbaits are all working well. Crappie are in their spawn cycle. Check the shallows in the cuts that have crappie cribs to find numbers. Live crappie minnows are hard to beat. Also, try chartreuse or pink crappie tubes and Blue Thunder Swimming Minnows. Largemouth bass have been spawning this last week and a few new beds were spotted this weekend. There are post spawn largemouths roaming about. Fish the back of the cuts and pockets with Spider Jigs, flukes, Sinko?s and spinner baits. As the lake warms up, top water action will pick up. Zara Spooks, Pop R?s, Spit?N Image and Lucky Craft Sammy?s are your best top-water baits on this lake. Smallmouth bass are in post spawn and the bite is increasing daily. Smallmouths can be found up on pea rock banks and transition areas around the lake. A number of baits and techniques are starting to work. Try a Mojo rig with centipedes or 4-inch lizards, Carolina-rigged brush hogs or finesse worms, tubes, Spider Jigs and every once in a while a top-water lure. Kentucky bass are on their post spawn feeding frenzy, chasing shad and roaming the banks looking for crawdads. Pop R?s and Spit?N Image baits are triggering Kentuckies that are breaking on shad. Sinko?s and flukes are working along the banks where there are big rocks. Tubes and Spider Jigs are your best baits for the Kentuckies that are under the ledge rocks. During the high sun switch to a Mojo rig with a trick worm or centipede and back your boat out to 30 feet of water. Fishermen have been finding walleye scattered around the lake. Bottom bouncers are working with crawler harnesses rigged with Smile blades or gold Indiana blades in 18 to 28 feet of water. Long lining with lead core line is catching walleye in 28 to 60 feet of water on Reef Runners and Glass Shad. Most of the strikes are coming in the 26 to 28 foot range. Fishing for trout on the White River has been good this past week. Berkley Power Egg bite has been good in yellow and pink. With generation, the Buoyant spoons, Thomas Colorado?s, Little Cleos and Blue Foxes are the baits of choice. The fly fishermen did well on olive Woolly Bugger, midges, egg patterns and soft hackles. The Brown trout are being caught on Jointed Countdowns, Suspending Rogues and nightcrawlers. Sugar Loaf Harbor said the lake clarity is good, and the lake level is normal. Crappie are biting well on 2-inch teal or blue ice Hyper Grubs fished from 12- to 15-feet deep near brush or off the bank. Bass are biting well on top-water lures, Roadrunners and Rapalas. Walleye are being taken trolling with worms.

Lake Norfork: Cranfield Junction Quik Stop said the lake is clear and at normal pool. The lake temperature is 68 degrees. Bream are biting well on minnows and assorted plastics. Crappie fishing is good from 15- to 25-feet deep using minnows and jigs in the weed beds and brush piles. Largemouth, black and Kentucky bass are all biting well on spinner baits, crankbaits and jigs fished from 2- to 8-feet deep. Stripers and hybrids are hitting on top-water lures early in the morning and late in the evening. Catfishing is good using trotlines and jugs baited with shad and cut bait. Walleye fishing is fair trolling with Rogues and Reef Runners.

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods said the lake clarity is good, the lake level is normal and the lake temperature is in the low 60s. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows, tube jigs and Roadrunners fished from 2- to 3-feet deep or from 8- to 10-feet deep. Black bass fishing is good using spinner baits, hula grubs, small soft plastics and top-water lures, only in the morning. A few white bass are up the river arms working back down to the lake; try using Roadrunners, minnows or grubs.

Lake Fayetteville: Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Bream are biting well in shallow water from 5- to 8-feet deep using crickets. Crappie are biting well from 5- to 10-feet deep on minnows near brush. Bass fishing is good about 10-feet deep using plastic worms or lizards.

Lake Sequoyah: Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Bream are biting fair on worms and crickets about 2-feet deep off the bank. Crappie fishing is good using minnows and jigs up to 2-feet deep off the bank. Bass fishing is fair from 2- to 4-feet deep using spinner baits and minnows near brush and rocky points. Catfishing is fair using worms, shad and chicken liver.

Beaver Tailwaters: Beaver Dam Store said late afternoon fishing is good on midges in gray, cream or black (sizes 18 to 22). Bead Head Woolly Buggers in olive or white (sizes 10 to 12) are good streamer patterns. Hornberg minnows (sizes 8 to 12) are great shad minnow imitations for white bass or trout. Minnows and nightcrawlers are good baits. Super Dupers, Little Cleos and teeny crawfish are good early morning offerings. Rooster Tails in 1/16-ounce are good mid-morning. Beaver Lake temperatures are in the mid-60s on this end of the lake. The coves are a couple of degrees warmer. Hybrid bass action should heat up around the dam over the next couple of weeks. Crappie are biting well in 4 to 10 feet of water on minnows or jigs in chartreuse or white. Dinosaur Pond and Lake Leatherwood are great locations. McLellan?s Fly Shop said generation has been coming on in the afternoon, providing plenty of wade fishing during the morning hours. All of the recent high water has produced some fat and healthy trout that are eager to bite. Scuds and sowbugs as well as midge pupa patterns have been the most productive with soft-hackle action starting to heat up as well. Outside of the

catch-and-release area, try swinging a team of soft hackles slowly across the current. The best flies have been: McLellan?s Hunchback Scud in gray and olive (sizes 14 to16), McLellan?s Woven sowbug (sizes 14 to16), 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), March Brown Spider (size 14) and Red Ass (size 16).

Kings River: Kings River Outfitters said the river is clear and at normal pool. Bass fishing is excellent using crankbaits and plastic worms.

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

Lake Charles: Powhatan Landing said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Bream are biting good on crickets fished from 1- to 2-feet deep near brush or stumps. Crappie fishing is good about 2-feet deep using minnows near stumps. Crappie are coming in to spawn. Bass fishing is good. Catfishing is good using stink bait.

Black River: Powhatan Landing said the river is clear and at normal pool.

Spring River: Many Islands Camp said the river is clear and at normal pool. Trout fishing is excellent using salmon eggs. Rock bass fishing is excellent using worms. Also, a 10-pound walleye was taken last week.

SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS

Lake Chicot: Koenig?s Bass Tracker Marine said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Bream are biting well about 3-feet deep using wax worms near brush off the bank. Catfishing is good using worms or minnows.

Grand Lake: Koenig?s Bass Tracker Marine said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Crappie fishing is good about 10-feet deep trolling with minnows or jigs.

Mississippi River: Koenig?s Bass Tracker Marine said the river is on the rise.

Old Town Lake: Old Town Fish Camp said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Bream fishing is good using wax worms or crickets near the bank. Crappie fishing is good about 2-feet deep using minnows and jigs near cypress trees. Bass fishing is good using black Gitzits or jig ?n? pig combos. The bass being caught are averaging 4-pounds. Catfishing is good using trotlines or yo-yo?s using minnows and crawfish.

SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS

Millwood Lake: Millwood Lake Guide Service said the water temperature ranges from 68 to 77 degrees. The lake is 259.41 feet, which is 2.5 inches above normal. The lake is slowly falling and visibility is from 15 to 18 inches. Most female largemouth bass are post spawn and are biting well on 5-inch jerkbaits, Rouges, buzzbaits and spinner baits. The fish appear to have pulled back to deeper water. The crankbait and Rat-L-Trap bite is improving at the mouths of the feeder creeks. The post-spawn females that are biting on Rat-L-Traps prefer red chrome on sunny days and white or on overcast or cloudy days. The preferred crankbait color is brown craw with an orange belly. Work the cranks and Traps very slow to antagonize the bigger bass. A few late-spawners remain in random areas. In addition, most post-spawn black bass remain fair to good along Little River. Try using Carolina-rigged Zoom lizards in pumpkinseed with a chartreuse tail, Bass Assassins in gizzard shad and Lake Fork Fries in watermelon red. Many bass, weighting from 3 to 5 pounds, have been caught on Bass Assassins, spinner baits in firecracker or spot remover colors and buzzbaits in the last few days, but the “big” bite is tough and random. Various Zoom lizards and Brush Hogs are working well; the best colors have been cinnamon-raisin, big Texan and castaic choice. These baits are nice bass, weighing from 3 to 6 pounds each. Carolina rigging these baits along the river around stumps in 9 to 12 feet of water is also working well. Work the lizards and brush hogs through and into any hole or opening in existing vegetation mats, and allow the bait to fall on slack line in 5- to 8-feet deep. A few males are still relatively shallow and are still guarding beds. Twitch worms, trick worms and wacky style “T” worms are taking a few decent fish; try rigging them weightless in water depths of 1 to 4 feet. Kentucky bass (spotted bass) are stacked up in the mouths of creeks like Snake Creek, Pugh Slough and Jack’s Isle Creeks and are hitting Rat-L-Traps in white and Carolina-rigged Fork Fries in watermelon red or black-and-blue bruiser. Crappie have transitioned back to deeper water; they are post spawn also. Bream are beginning to take their place in shallow water areas around cypress trees. Spotted gar and very large carp have been cruising in shallow water areas (1 to 3 feet) in back of Horseshoe Lake, McGuire, Mud Lake, Little River flats next to Hurricane Creek and other oxbows of Little River. Several huge gar and carp, up to 10 or 20 pounds each, have been noted extremely shallow and are spawning. Also between Jack’s Isle and Mud Lake last week, a large alligator was seen feasting on a large carp (approximately 20 pounds).

Lake Columbia: Steve’s Marine said the lake is at normal pool. Redear fishing is good using worms and small crawfish. Bluegills are biting on crickets below the spillway. Catfishing is excellent using jugs and trotlines baited with big shiners, small bream or goldfish. Some large catfish, flatheads and blues, have been taken; it?s not unusual to pull in a 20-pounder. Catfish are also biting on shiners below the spillway. Bass fishing is good using soft plastics. Bass are mainly biting on Zoom brush hogs in kudzu or black emerald.

Lake Erling: Steve’s Marine said the lake is at normal pool. Redear are biting well on worms in the Blackwell area. Bluegills are bedding and biting well on crickets. Bass fishing is good during the day using white spinner baits and black plastic worms that have a blue tail. Catfishing is excellent using cold worms.

Lake Greeson: Lakeside Grocery, Motel/Bait Shop said the lake is clear and at normal pool, which is 542 feet. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets in shallow water. Crappie are biting fair from 5- to 10-feet deep. Black bass are biting well on crankbaits, top-water lures, worms and lizards fished from 3- to 6-feet deep. Black bass and Kentucky bass are schooling. Stripers and white bass are biting on top-water lures, spoons and Gitzits. Catfishing is good using jugs or trotlines baited with stink bait or live bait. Walleye are biting on small crankbaits from 3- to 4-feet deep in the coves.

DeGray Lake: DeGray Lake Resort Marina said the lake is dingy but at normal pool. Black bass are biting well from 6- to 8-feet deep on watermelon seed floating worms fished over moss. DeGray One Stop said the lake clarity is good, and the lake is at normal pool. The lake is murky on the northwest end. The lake temperature is 69 degrees; it should be in the mid 70s by this weekend. Bream are moving on to beds near the bank and are biting well from 6- to 18-feet deep on crickets, red wigglers and worm. Crappie fishing is good from 16- to 24-feet deep on minnows, live bait and artificials near brush or on the creek channel edges. Black bass are spawned out and biting well on spinner baits, buzzbaits and top-water lures from 8- to 18-feet deep in the creek channels, in the creek mouths or near rocky points. Whites and hybrids are schooling and being taken on top-water lures up until 11:00 am. Later, whites and hybrids are biting on Near Nothings, spoons and top-water lures in the middle of the lake, around Iron Mountain and or in Brushy Creek where these fish are breaking. Catfishing is good from 12- to 28-feet deep using live bait, rice slicks and bass minnows. Blue catfish are in prespawn and channel cats are moving toward the end of the lake mouth to spawn.

Little Missouri River: Local fly-fishing guide Jeff Guerin said that Smidges were working well around the Flat. There are quite a few fish in the Catch and Release Area.

WEST-CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Lake Dardanelle: Early Bird Outfitters said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Bream are biting well on crickets. Crappie fishing is good from 4- to 12-feet deep using minnows and live bait near brush, stumps and rocky points. White bass are still in the creeks and are biting on grubs, spoons and little spinner baits. Catfishing is good using stink bait. Flatheads are being taken at the state park using live bait.

Ozark Pool: Lakeside Food Mart said the river level is still fluctuating. Bream fishing has improved quite a bit; they are biting on worms and crickets in the ponds. Crappie fishing is fair to good using minnows and jigs. Bass fishing is fair to good using soft plastics and Horny Toads. Some catfish are biting on cut bait and minnows below the dam.

Lake Ouachita: Mountain Harbor Resort said the lake temperature ranges from 62 to 68 degrees. The water is clear and at 575.62 feet. Large mouth bass are still very good. These fish can be caught with trick worms, Carolina-rigged lizards and Yum Dingers. The best colors are watermelon seed, watermelon candy and green pumpkin. Top water action is picking up with Boy Howdies and Zara spooks. Try main lake points and large bay pockets near creek channels in 8 to 20 feet of water. Walleye are still good with reports of these fish being caught on main lake points. Try using jerkbaits or silver Rattletraps from 8- to 20-feet deep. Stripers are still excellent on live bait, hair jigs or top water C-10 Redfins. Umbrella rigs with hair jigs are producing some good quantities of stripers and white bass. Try areas around points 17, 19 and Bird Island. Bream are still good on crickets or worms. Crappie are excellent and still being caught over brush piles and moss flats using feather jigs, 2-inch grubs and minnows. Try main lake points and large moss flats from 4- to 12-feet deep. The best colors are still white, silver, lemon meringue and Tennessee shad. Catfish are very good and being caught on live bait or cut bait in water depths from 10- to 20-feet deep. Cross Creek said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Stripers are biting on top-water lures. Walleye are biting well on Rat-L-Traps. Trader Bill?s Sport Shop said the lake is clear, and the lake temperature is in the mid-60s. Bream are biting well about 5-feet deep on worms and crickets fished near brush piles, stumps and rocky points. Bass fishing is good using top-water lures and Zara Spooks on the main lake points in at least 30 feet of water. Also, try using lead head worms in 15 feet of water. Striper fishing is excellent using C-10 93 Cordell Redfins in rainbow trout color.

Lake Catherine: Trader Bill?s Sport Shop said the lake is clear and at normal pool. The lake temperature is in the mid 60s. Bream are biting well about 5-feet deep using worms and crickets near brush. Bass are biting well about 10-feet deep using Texas-rigged worms near brush or rocky points.

Lake Hamilton: Trader Bill?s Sport Shop said the lake is clear, at normal pool and in the mid 60s. Bream are biting well from 5- to 10-feet deep on worms and crickets. Bass fishing is good using Texas red worms from 5- to 10-feet deep near brush.

Lake Hinkle: Bill’s Bait Shop said despite the rain, the lake conditions are good. Bream have started biting well on crickets. Crappie fishing is good mostly using minnows, but some are biting on jigs. Bass fishing is good using buzzbaits, top-water lures, plastic worms and minnows. Catfishing is really good using trotlines baited with cut shad or chicken liver. Some catfish are being taken from the bank.

Lake Atkins: Lucky Landing said the lake conditions are normal. Bream fishing is excellent using wax worms and crickets. Crappie are biting fair about 4-feet deep on minnows. Bass fishing is good about 3 ?-feet deep using jigs. Catfishing is excellent using crickets in shallow water or using trotlines baited with bass minnows.

Lake Nimrod: Lake Nimrod Bait ?n? More II said the lake is at normal pool, which is 345 feet. Bream fishing is good using worms and crickets. Catfish are biting great on minnows, worms and stink bait. Bass fishing is excellent using spinner baits, buzzbaits and bass minnows. Crappie fishing is great as well; these fish are hitting on minnows and jigs in pink-and-white, red-and-chartreuse and black-and-chartreuse.

Arkansas River: Cross Creek said the lake is stained and at normal pool. Bass fishing is good from 2- to 5-feet deep using white spinner baits near rocky points. Tackle Box said the lake conditions are good. Bream fishing is fair from 2- to 3-feet deep using crickets. Crappie fishing is poor. Catfishing is good using cut shad below the dam. Largemouth bass are coming off the beds and are being caught with swimming jigs and Zoom Horny Toads.

SOUTH-CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Felsenthal: Benson?s Grocery and Bait said the lake is muddy and low. Bream fishing is good using worms, red wigglers and crickets near brush. Crappie fishing is good using shiners. Catfishing is good using cold worms or nightcrawlers.

Saline River: Sanders Pawn & Bait said the river is clear and getting low. Bream fishing is good using worms and crickets. Bass are biting well on plastic worms and top-water lures. Catfishing is good using trotlines baited with minnows, goldfish, crawfish and rice slicks.

Cox Creek Lake: Sanders Pawn & Bait said the lake is clear, and the level is normal. Bream fishing is good from 2- to 4-feet deep using worms or crickets close to the bank. Crappie fishing is good from 2- to 4-feet deep using minnows or jigs close to the bank.

EAST ARKANSAS:

Maddox Bay: Maddox Bay Landing said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Bream fishing is good using worms or crickets about 2-feet deep near brush or stumps. Crappie fishing is good from 2 ?- to 3-feet deep using minnows and jigs in blue-and-white or black-and-chartreuse. Bass fishing is good from 1 ?- to 2-feet deep using spinner baits and crankbaits in crawfish colors near the banks or treetops. Catfishing is good using large shiners or crawfish.

Midway Lake: Ed?s Boat Camp said the lake is clear and at normal pool. Bream are biting well on crickets fished near brush, stumps or cypress trees from 18-inches to 2-feet deep. Crappie fishing is good using minnows and jigs from 18-inches to 2-feet deep on the outer edges of the brush. Bass are biting well on spinner baits near the cypress trees. Catfishing is good using yo-yos or trotlines baited with minnows.

Horseshoe Lake: Local fisherman Clyde Gregory said since the wind has died down, the lake conditions are really good. Bream fishing is really good near the cypress trees using crickets, wax worms or a black beetle with a crappie nibblet. Crappie fishing is really good using minnows and jigs in black-and-red or black-and-chartreuse in the lily pads and around the cypress trees. Bass fishing is good using spinner baits in the lily pads and around the cypress trees. Catfishing is excellent using live crawfish and blood bait.

White River Refuge Lakes: Ed?s Bait Shop said bream are biting fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting on minnows.

North Texas e-News – Texas,USA

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