NWA Fishing Report

NWA Fishing Report
Beaver Lake Southtown Sporting Goods — Larry Aggus reports great fishing for white bass and crappie under the lights. Minnows and shad are working well near bluff areas. The catfish bite is improving on prepared lines and rod-andreels. Bass are hitting topwater baits early, especially on cloudy mornings. During the day, drop-shot rigs are producing. Black spinnerbaits, plastic worms and big, deep-diving crankbaits are working at night. Small white bass are schooling late in the evening.

Hawg Country Bait and Tackle — Bass fishing has slowed just a bit according to Chris Johnson. Deep crankbaits and big worms are working off deep ledges and channel swings. Night bassin’ is good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastics. Catfishing is real good on worms and liver. Perch and goldfish are being used on trotlines and jug lines. Crappie action is spotty on minnows and jigs. Small white bass are schooling near Horseshoe Bend.

Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers — Aaron Jolliff reports bass biting early on topwater lures. During the day, bass anglers are switching to jigs, hula grubs and finesse worms and fishing them near brush. Night fishing is great on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and plastics.

Beaver Tailwaters — Charlotte Downey at Beaver Dam Store says trout fishing has been best in the early morning hours. Power Bait/wax worms, cheese scented trout worms and night crawlers are working well. A few trout reports are coming in on minnows around Houseman Access. Parker Bend is better fishing according to most. Micro jigs and micro jigs/wax worms drifted 2-4 feet are producing fish. Fishing with flies is a little tough right now. Griffith’s Gnat (18-22), Renegade (16-18), Elk Hair Caddis (20), and Hare’s Ear Nymph (14) are all producing at times. Walleye fishing is fair on Shad Raps between Beaver and Holiday Island.

Bella Vista Lakes — Nick Gann at Hook, Line and Sinker in Bentonville says pan fishing has slowed down on all the lakes. Catfish action is improving on chicken liver and night crawlers. Bass fishing is best on Lake Windsor using finesse worms and jigs.

Lake Fayetteville — Jim Black says fishing is fair to good for most species. Blue gill are biting crickets and worms. A few cats are coming off the dam on chicken liver and night crawlers. Bass are hitting plastic worms and jig-and-pigs. Crappie are scattered but will take minnows and jigs fished near brush.

Lake Sequoyah — Big blue gill are being caught on worms and crickets according to Jackie Smith. Crappie are taking minnows and jigs. Bass are biting spinnerbaits and buzzbaits.

Prairie Grove Lake — Topwater baits are bringing in a few bass according to Paula Keen. Bream and catfish are biting worms and crickets. Lake hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Upper Table Rock Lake — Fishing is sporadic according to J. D. Fletcher. Early morning periods are the best times for a little topwater action. During the day, plastics fished off points are producing. Crappie are biting minnows in the mouth of coves with timber. Big blue gill are being caught right now.

Kings River — River guide J. D. Fletcher says the river is floatable. Tube baits and buzzbaits are bringing in a few brownies

Bobby Hill

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