Northwest Arkansas Fishing Report

Northwest Arkansas Fishing Report – Cooler weather with a spot or two of rain has helped fishermen’s feelings but fishing remains tough. Bass, however, are schooling at times and an angler can have a ball if he or she hits it just right. Beaver Lake’s water level is over eight feet low and water temps are in the upper eighties. Anglers should use caution while boating in low water conditions. Good luck! Beaver Lake Southtown Sporting Goods — Frank Divis says bass fishing remains slow but is improving. Spinnerbaits and big worms and jigs are working at night while Carolina rigs and drop-shots are producing during the day. Spotted and smallmouth bass are schooling at times, as well as white bass. Channel cats are biting chicken liver fished on rods and reels. Live bait is working best on jug lines and trotlines. Crappie are biting minnows fished near brush. Bream fishing is excellent on crickets.

Hawg Country Bait and Tackle — Chris Johnson reports sporadic fishing. At night, bass are biting late on buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Jigging spoons and drop shots are producing during daylight hours. Zara Spooks are taking some schooling fish in the mid-lake area. White bass are also schooling in the evenings. Crappie are in deep brush and will bite minnows.

Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers — A lot of whites are schooling in the mid-lake area according to Aaron Jolliff. Small topwater lures and Rooster Tails are proven baits. Spinnerbaits, plastics and jigs are bringing in bass at night. During the day, small finesse baits, drop-shots and Carolina rigs are an angler’s best bets.

Beaver Tailwaters — Charlotte Downey at Beaver Dam Store says the best fishing is early mornings and late evenings. Night crawlers twitched along the bottom are producing larger trout around the dam area and Parker’s Bottom. P. J. ‘s Finesse Jigs tipped with a wax worm are working well near the Bertrand access ramp. Fly fishing reports are good on G. B. Hare’s Ear nymph (14), Copper Johns (16-18) and Mercer’s Gold Dust (16).

Bella Vista Lakes — Nick Gann at Hook, Line and Sinker in Bentonville reports improving fishing conditions, especially on overcast, rainy days. Bass are biting buzzbaits, Torpedos and Spooks. Catfish are biting chicken liver and night crawlers.

Prairie Grove Lake — Bob Keen reports plastic worms and poppers catching bass. Night crawlers are working on catfish and jigs are taking some crappie.

Lake Fayetteville — Jim Black says blue gill fishing is your best bet, although it’s nothing to brag about. Crickets are working best right now. A few crappie are biting jigs. No reports coming in on bass or catfish.

Lake Sequoyah — Jackie Smith says bass fishing is good on buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Crappie fishing is good on minnows and jigs fished down to eight feet. Bream are biting crickets and worms. The lake level is about two feet below normal.

Upper Table Rock Lake — J. D. Fletcher reports early fishing is the best right now. Topwater baits are working well when bass are schooling. Otherwise, tubes and plastic worms are producing off points. Crappie are biting minnows. Catfishing is good on trotlines baited with perch.

Kings River — River guide J. D. Fletcher says the river came up a bit after recent rains but the river is still very low. It is fishable in a canoe, however. Smallmouth bass are biting tubes and buzzbaits.

Bobby Hill bhilloutdoors@cs.com

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