NWA Fishing Report

NWA Fishing Report An extended weekend waits for most of us and fish should cooperate. Area waterways will be packed like sardines so be careful and watch out for the other guy. As we’re out and about, let’s take a moment to salute past and present members of the armed forces for giving us the freedom to frolic in the sun. Beaver Lake Southtown Sporting Goods — Frank Divis reports good bass fishing. Surface baits are producing early and late while spinnerbaits, jigs and shallow crankbaits are working during the day. Bream fishing is hot on crickets. Crappie are taking minnows and jigs in brush down to 10 feet. Catfish are biting prepared baits and cut bait.

Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers — Aaron Jolliff says surface lures are producing bass early in the day. As the day progresses, anglers switch to plastics and jigs. Crappie are biting minnows down to 10 feet. White bass are biting right before dark on topwater baits. Jim Ritter adds that a small wave of spawning bass and crappie came up with the latest moon phase.

Beaver Dam Store — Stripers are hitting surface baits early according to Charlotte Downey. They are catchable from the shoreline at Beaver Dam or Points 1, 5 and Indian Creek for boaters. Large floating stick baits, Rattle Traps and big minnows are working well. Catfish are eating chicken livers, crawfish and night crawlers in the evenings.

Beaver Talwaters — Charlotte Downey at Beaver Dam Store reports very good trout fishing. Black/red micro jigs and ginger micro jigs tipped with wax worms are excellent baits right now. Live minnows are producing brown trout and white bass near Parker Flats and the Houseman Access. Stripers are in the trout “catch and release” zone and anglers are invited to harvest these nontrout species. Fly fishers are finding success with partridge and yellow soft hackles (16), black or olive woolly buggers (10-12), Johnny Flash Gomez (18), and Griffith’s Gnat (20-22).

Prairie Grove Lake — Paula Keen reports bream and blue gill hitting crickets and worms. Catfish are biting worms and minnows. Bass anglers are having luck with buzzbaits. Lake hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. No gas motors are allowed. (The lake will be open on Memorial Day.)

Bella Vista Lakes — Pan fish are biting well on worms and crickets according to Nick Gann at Hook, Line and Sinker in Bentonville. Most action is coming off the bottom from eight feet to the bank. Bass fishing is decent on finesse worms and jigs fished 10-15 feet deep.

Lake Fayetteville — Jim Black reports lots of blue gill coming in on crickets. Crappie are biting minnows down to eight feet near brush. A few cats — one weighing 30 pounds — were on the dam but the action has slowed. Bass are taking plastics in 10 feet of water.

Lake Sequoyah — Fishing’s fair overall according to Jackie Smith. Crappie are starting to move into deeper water but will still bite properly placed jigs and minnows. Bream fishing is good. Bass anglers are doing well on spinnerbaits and topwater lures.

Upper Table Rock Lake — J. D. Fletcher reports good largemouth bass action on a chartreuse Lucky Strike buzzbait. Catfishing is real good on trotlines baited with perch.

Kings River — Guide J. D. Fletcher says a lot of small brownies and spots are taking buzzbaits and tube jigs. Charlotte Downey suggests live minnows, Roostertails, and P. J. ’s Finesse Jigs in white/chartreuse

Bobby Hill bhilloutdoors@cs.com

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