It’s summertime here in the Ozarks and if the fishing action was as hot as the afternoon air, well, we’d all have full livewells. Unfortunately, it’s not. All species are being a bit cranky right now but with a little patience — and sunscreen — most all can be caught. Good luck and if the heat gets to you, jump into the trout waters below Beaver Dam. You’ll be screaming for warm air in no time. Beaver Lake Southtown Sporting Goods — Frank Divis reports water temperatures near 90 degrees and a definite summer pattern in the works. Bass are deep during the day and anglers are using drop-shot rigs, deeprunning crankbaits and Carolina rigs. Night fishing is a little better, however. Spinnerbaits, jigs and plastic worms are working well. Bream fishing is real good on crickets. Crappie are biting trolled Hot-N-Tots. Catfish anglers are finding success on set lines using both live and prepared baits.
Hawg Country Bait and Tackle — Fishing is pretty good according to Chris Johnson. Bass fishing at night is going well on red plastic worms as long as 10 inches fished near bluff ends, points, drops, and brush. Spinnerbaits are also producing from time to time. Buzzbaits have produced in the early mornings on shallow flats. Crappie are biting minnows down to 20 feet. Blue gill fishing is excellent on crickets. Catfish action is so-so on jug lines and trotlines. White bass continue to bite under bridges at night. A few stripers are coming in near Point 5 on trolled shad.
Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers — Jim Ritter says the weather is hot, sending bass deep and in no mood to bite. Night fishing is best right now on deep-running crankbaits and dark spinnerbaits. Crappie fishing is slow but a few will take minnows and jigs under the lights. Catfish action is improving on liver and cut bait.
Beaver Tailwaters — McClellan’s Fly Shop said generation has been coming on in the afternoon, providing some wade-fishing early in the mornings. The recent high water has produced some fat and healthy trout that are eager to bite. Scuds and sow bugs 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 patterns have been: McLellan’s Hunchback Scud Gray and Olive (sizes 14 to 16), McLellan’s Woven Sow Bug (sizes 14 to 16), Mercury Brassie (sizes 18 to 20), Rojo Midge (size 22), Mercury Blood Midge (sizes 20 to 22), and Red Jujubee Midge (20-22). — Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Bella Vista Lakes — Nick Gann at Hook, Line and Sinker in Bentonville reports pretty good night fishing for bass. Dark jig/frog combos and 10-inch worms are top baits right now. Pan fish are moving deeper on most of the lakes and will hit worms and crickets fished on the bottom. Anglers are catching catfish at night from the bank using chicken liver and night crawlers.
Prairie Grove Lake — Rick Jedlicka caught and released 12 bass on buzzbaits according to Paula Keen. Bass are also taking plastic worms. Homer Davis brought in 50 bream on worms. Crappie are biting jigs. Worms are working on blue catfish.
Lake Fayetteville — Dollie Black reports good blue gill fishing on crickets with and without a bobber. Crappie fishing is slow with a few being caught on minnows and jigs in deep water. A few catfish are biting chicken liver and night crawlers fished on the bottom. Bass are biting plastic worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits.
Lake Sequoyah — Jackie Smith says bass fishing is good on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and crankbaits. Blue gill are taking worms and crickets. Catfish action is picking up on worms and liver. If an angler can find them, crappie will take jigs and minnows. The lake is clear but a little low.
Upper Table Rock Lake — J. D. Fletcher reports some early morning bass action on topwater baits such as the Zara Spook. White bass are schooling at times.
Kings River — River guide J. D. Fletcher says the river is still low. Tube baits are an angler’s best bet for a few smallmouth bass