Fishing Report Northwest Arkansas

NWA Fishing Report
Cooler weather has finally invaded our region and it seems to have perked the fish up just a bit. Beaver Lake’s water temperatures range from the mid- to upper-60s but the lake is very low. Good luck, have fun and enjoy the fall scenery. Beaver Lake Southtown Sporting Goods — Bass fishing’s improving during the day according to Frank Divis. Carolina and drop-shot rigs are catching fish along with topwater lures. From points to halfway back into creeks are the best places to find bass right now. Nighttime action is still good on plastics, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. Crappie are biting minnows fished near brush. Hawg Country Bait and Tackle — Chris Johnson reports bass biting Zara Spooks early and then hitting dark jigs and plastic worms. White and chartreuse spinnerbaits are beginning to work better now that the water is cooling off. Spinnerbaits continue to work at night in shallow water. Crappie fishing is real good down to 15 feet on minnows. A few small stripers are biting brood minnows near Point 5. Jigging spoons are taking a few white bass near Prairie Creek. Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers — Aaron Jolliff says white bass are schooling in the evenings near Prairie Creek and will bite spoons and small surface lures. Bass are biting topwater baits early and late and finesse baits on drop-shot rigs during the day. Beaver Tailwaters — Lisa Mullins at Beaver Dam Store says trout fishing is real good right now. Big browns are being reported at Parker Bottoms. Fly anglers are tossing elk caddis (16), renegades (18) and olive midges. Colorado spoons and No. 9 floating rainbow Rapalas are good lures to try. Bait anglers are having success with chartreuse Power Bait tipped with wax worms. Air-injected night crawlers are working well at night.

Bella Vista Lakes — Nick Gann at Hook, Line and Sinker in Bentonville says night fishing is the best right now on Lomond and Windsor. Black spinnerbaits and crankbaits are bringing in bass down to eight feet. During the day, finesse worms and jigs are best. Crappie fishing is good on Avalon and Lomond using jigs down to 20 feet.

Lake Fayetteville — Jim Black reports continued slow fishing and little participation from anglers. The best thing going is a few blue gill on jigs.

Lake Sequoyah — Bass fishing’s fair on spinnerbaits and plastic worms according to Jackie Smith. Crappie action is fair on minnows and jigs while bream are taking worms and crickets. Catfish are biting worms, minnows, chicken liver, and cut perch. Most of the fish are less than 10 feet around some form of cover.

Upper Table Rock Lake — J. D. Fletcher says a 4- and 6-pound bass came in this past week on a Rattle Trap fished near rocky main shorelines. The best fishing is coming between Devils Dive Resort and Big M Boat Dock. Crappie fishing is improving on minnows fished 12-feet deep. Flatheads are biting trotlines baited with gold fish and perch.

Kings River — No report available
Bobby Hill bhilloutdoors@cs.com

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