Northwest Arkansas Fishing Report Cooler weather is
welcome as fall begins to
rear her beautiful head. Fishing’s improving, just in time for outdoorsmen to abandon the water in favor of oak-filled flats and hollers. The die-hard anglers out there are sure to enjoy the solitude. Good luck! Beaver Lake Southtown Sporting Goods — Daytime bass fishing is improving according to Frank Divis. Spoons, crankbaits and buzzbaits are working well and the spinnerbait bite is really coming on. White bass and spotted bass are schooling in various area and a few stripers are joining the fray. At night, bass anglers continue to toss spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and plastics. Bream fishing is fair on crickets while small minnows are bringing in a few crappie. Hawg Country Bait and Tackle — Catfish are biting trotlines baited with chicken liver, gold fish and night crawlers. Bass are schooling near Beaver Shores and will bite Spooks and Boy Howdys. Otherwise, bass anglers are throwing spinnerbaits in the shallows. Jigging spoons are working on white bass in the Rocky Branch area. Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers — Aaron Jolliff says bass are shallow on cloudy / windy days and will hit topwater baits and spinnerbaits. White bass fishing is good near Coppermine on spoons and surface lures. Beaver Tailwaters — Kevin Cragar at Beaver Dam Store reports excellent trout angling with a pair of 21-inch browns being caught just below the dam. Scuds, sow bugs and olive midges (all size 16) are good fly choices. Power Bait and wax worms are producing, as are gold and rainbow Colorado spoons.
Prairie Grove Lake — The lake is closed for the season.
Lake Fayetteville — Jim Black says fishing is beginning to pick up. Blue gill — and a few crappie — are biting worms and crickets fished 10-12 feet deep near brush. White bass are schooling and will hit crankbaits.
Lake Sequoyah — Bass fishing is fair according to Jackie Smith. Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and plastic worms are good baits down to 10 feet. Crappie fishing is good on jigs and minnows fished in treetops. Bream are biting worms and crickets. Channel cats are being caught near the main channel on gold fish, worms and chicken liver.
Bella Vista Lakes — Nick Gann says fishing remains the same. Worms and jigs are producing bass during the day while spinnerbaits and crankbaits are working at night. Cooler weather should improve the fishing conditions.
Upper Table Rock Lake — Bandit crankbaits are catching bass along the main shoreline and in the backs of coves according to J. D. Fletcher. Otherwise, bass are biting surface lures early and plastic worms later in the day. Catfish are biting trotlines baited with perch. White bass are surfacing. Crappie continue to bite at night under lights.
Kings River — River guide J. D. Fletcher says chartreuse buzzbaits are the top baits right now for bass