Weekly Arkansas Fishing Report – Feb 1

Central Arkansas
Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is clear and low. The surface water temperature is 45 degrees. Bream are biting excellently on worms and crickets near the Highway 89 Bridge. Crappie are excellent on minnows and jigs in Gold Creek and Pierce Creek. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and soft-plastic worms fished around the coves. Catfishing is excellent on nightcrawlers and minnows.
Dan at Gold Creek Landing had no report.
Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is clear and no generators are running. Trout are biting excellently on Power Bait, corn and wax worms. Minnow-imitating crankbaits and Trout Magnets also are working well.
Just Fishing Guides filed no report this week.
 
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.54 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461 msl)
Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the lake is one foot over normal pool and slowly falling. A lot of current is being generated as there is as much water running in as there is running out. Most game fish are responding to this in a positive manner. Crawfish imitations, large shiners and plastics will get bites. Look at depths of 25 feet or less for the most active game fish. There are some whites and hybrids schooled deep and feeding on shad in the 35- to 50-foot zone, both on the main lake and in the river arms.
Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com filed no report.

Harris Brake Lake

Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is high and the water clarity is about 2 feet of visibility. Bream are biting well on crickets fished near brush along the shoreline. Crappie are biting well around the docks on minnows. No report on bass or catfish.
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) filed no report this week.
Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) filed no report this week.
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) filed no report this week.
Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report.
Overcup Landing (501-354-9007)had no report.

Lake Maumelle

Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water level is 2.1 feet below the spillway. Largemouth bass are biting well on Pop Rs and Tiny Torpedoes early in the day over 8 to 10 feet of water. Later in the day, switch to jigs and Carolina rigs and concentrate on rocky shorelines and points. Spotted bass are shallow, holding near the bank in 5 to 10 feet of water. They are biting well on Rat-L-Traps. White bass are biting well on sunny days. They will be making their way up the creeks to spawn in the next few weeks, so pay attention to the west end of the lake. Crappie are biting well in the channel on brush and other structure about 30 to 35 feet deep. Dull colored jigs with bright neon jig heads seem to be the best bet for crappie right now. Bream are biting well on worms fished at the edge of the main channel. No catfishing to report yet, but they should start to bite soon.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished along the channel in 30 to 40 feet of water. Bass are biting well on sunny days, and are actually coming up for buzzbaits and topwater Spooks. Catfishing is good on brood minnows and cut shad.
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) filed no report this week.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said the water is clear. Catfishing is good on worms, chicken liver and chicken hearts close to the fountain.
Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are slow. Crappie are slow. Bass are biting well on crankbaits fished slowly in 4 to 6 feet of water. Catfishing is slow.
Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are biting fairly well on crickets around deep holes. Crappie are slow. Bass are biting well on jerk baits fished around deep holes. Catfishing is slow.
Charley’s Hidden Harbor in Oppelo said catfishing is very good on shad-and-worm combos fished on the bottom near deep holes. Stripers are being caught below the dams on wobble spoons. White bass are fair below the dam on ½-oz. jigs. Sauger are being caught below the dam on yellow/red speck rigs.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around brush tops in the Little Maumelle and Maumelle rivers.
Palarm Creek: No report this week.
Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the water is muddy and at normal level. No report on the fishing.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said the water is high and muddy. At Murray Lock and Dam, crappie are biting well on white/chartreuse, red/chartreuse and the Color of Money-colored jigs. Catfishing is good on minnows. Sauger are biting fairly well on crappie jigs. At Burns Park, crappie are biting well near the jetty on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well near the jetty on crankbaits and black/blue jigs. Catfishing is good on cut shad, chicken hearts, chicken livers and worms.
Fourche Creek: No report this week.
McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is high and stained. Crappie are biting well on jigs fished around rocky areas. Catfishing is good on cut shad. No report on bream or bass.
McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) filed no report this week.
Peckerwood Lake
Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) is closed until February 2013
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report on the lake this week.
Lake Willastein
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said the water is high and muddy. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished around brush in 10 to 15 feet of water. Bass are biting well on worms and jigs fished along remaining grass. Catfishing is good on hot dogs, livers, worms and chicken hearts.
North Arkansas
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and two to three generators are running most days. Trout fishing is excellent on wax worms and Power Bait.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) no report.
Just Fishing Guides filed no report this week.
Just Fishing Guides filed no report this week.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 645.97 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).
Just Fishing Guides filed no report this week.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 540.75 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 552 msl, April-September – 554 msl).
Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the stripers are schooling in the main lake. Set your baits from 35 to 50 feet deep and just keep moving slowly. The best baits have been shiners and shad. The best bite is from first light until 10:30 a.m. Set your lines level with the shad balls, the fish will come up to eat your bait.

Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort had no report.
Guide Steve Olomon of Steve’s Guide Service of Steve’s Guide Service said the surface water temperature is in the mid- to upper 40s. With the lake being low, don’t cut points too close when you are running the boat. Look for stripers suspended around 40 feet deep and get your bait down to them. There are some in the creeks and around the mid-lake area. Bass are hitting drop shot rigs with a small worm off bluff ends, Suspending jerk baits, Wiggle Wart crankbaits and grubs on a ¼-oz. jig head will work as well. Work your lures as slowly as possible in this cold water.
Campground News: Jordan Campground on Norfork Lake is open April 1-Oct. 1 and managed by Jordan Marina. Formerly run by the Army Corps of Engineers, Jordan Campground is a favorite of families camping on the south end of Norfork Lake and is the gateway to Sand Island and Jordan area beaches. This area also is a favorite of scuba divers, with 30 dive sites within 2 miles of the campground. Jordan Campground has 41 RV and tent sites; sites with 50-amp service and 30-amp service are available for $20 per night. The campground, adjacent to Jordan Marina, also features a swimming beach, picnic pavilion, boat launch and two restrooms. For more information, call (870) 499-7223 or Jordan Marina at (870) 499-7348.
Just Fishing Guides filed no report this week.
Northwest Arkansas
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,108.85 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said striper activity for the week is fair. Water surface temperatures are in the mid-40s. Stripers are scattered due to the cool water temperature and can be caught from Point 12 to the Indian Creek area. Fish are looking for warmer water, so they are headed upriver, into creek arms and are going deep in the main lake. Stripers have been taken on 4- to 8-inch live shad fished on down lines and down riggers set 35 to 90 feet deep. Rapala no. 14 Husky Jerks in black or purple back trolled on three-way rigs have done fairly well near the main channel. Be sure to check the mouth of Indian Creek to Lost Bridge. Also check the channel near Point 3 and in Fish Trap Hollow. Point 6 has produced stripers in 50 to 85 feet of water in the Van Hollow area near Twin Coves. Also check the tree tops near the Ventris Trails End Resort boat dock and the end of Goat Island. Prairie creek has been a hot spot. Striper, white bass and walleye are all being taken here in the channels around the islands. Walleye are being taken on Kastmaster spoons fished near the bottom and on trolled Cordell Spots, Shad Raps, Hot-n-Tots and Tail Dancers. Both arms of Coose Hollow have had large schools of whites and stripers moving through the area. Walleye are also being caught in Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Horseshoe Bend and Monte-Ne on the flats near the channels. Walleye are being caught at Point 12 near the junction of War Eagle and the White rivers.
Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is low and clear. The surface temperature is 46 degrees. Bream are slow. Crappie are fair on minnows and tube jigs all over the lake. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and Megabass jerk baits all over the lake. Catfishing is slow.

Jason Piper of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said bass have been biting well on crawdad or watermelon-colored Wiggle Warts worked slowly along sloping chunk rock banks. Suspending jerk baits are also working along points with timber and in and around timber along chunk rock banks. On particularly slow days, try a jig and craw combo in these same areas and work it very slowly. White River, Rambo, Van Winkle and Big Clifty have all been good places to find bass. Crappie have been fair; waiting until later in the day as the sun warms the water has been key to crappie fishing as of late. The fish will suspend just under the surface in shade lines under bluff overhangs, around pole timber, log jams in the river arms and under large community style docks. Best presentation is a 2-inch swim bait on a 1/32-oz. jig head either fished under a cork or cast to where the fish are holding. On cloudy days, fish have been holding tight to brush piles and pole timber close to bluffs and along creek channels in 15 to 35 feet of water. Work a minnow-tipped 1.5-inch tube jig on a 1/16-oz. jig head close to brush or timber. Monte-NE, White River, Eden Bluff and Piney Creek have all been good places to find crappie. White bass have been suspending over main lake flats and the adjacent points. Slow trolling a Hot-N-Tot over the flat near the channel watching your graph is one way to locate a school, another is to watch for flocks of seagulls picking off shad. Once a school is located, a 1/2 -3/4-oz. jigging spoon should entice them to bite. Monte-NE, Prairie Creek, Rocky Branch and Point 12 have all been good places to find schools of whites. Catfishing has been slow, but a few can be caught in the evening using liver or cut bait. Hickory Creek, Ark. Highway 12 Bridge and the Arkansas Highway 412 Bridge access have all been good places to fish.
  
Just Fishing Guides filed no report this week.
Lake Elmdale 
Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said bass fishing is good on Elmdale, when the wind allows it. Sunday, a local fishing guide, Jason Causey of J & B Guide Service, proved that the big bass are still biting. Using a green jig and frog at around 20 feet, he brought in three nice ones. The biggest was well over 5 pounds, with two 4 pounders, and a 3 pounder or so to top off his catch. One of his secrets is to fish on a steady, or rising barometer with a very slow presentation. No word on crappie yet, but we are putting in some more structure around the camp dock.
Just Fishing Guides filed no report this week.
Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) filed no report this week. The boat dock is now open.
Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs in 3 to 5 feet of water. Bass are fair on soft-plastics and crankbaits fished around rocky areas when the sun warms up the rocks in the afternoons. No report on catfish or bream.

War Eagle Creek

Just Fishing Guides filed no report this week.
Northeast Arkansas
Lake Poinsett State Park had no report this week.
Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is clear and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished in deep water. Bass are biting well in 20 feet of water on jigs worked slowly along the bottom. No report on bream or catfish.
Lake Frierson State Park said the water is muddy and has come up about a foot in the last couple of weeks. No report on bream, bass or crappie. A few channel catfish have been caught on nightcrawlers in coves. No report on blue or flathead catfish. Saugeye fishing is picking up with a few fish being caught on chartreuse/crawdad-colored crankbaits. Saugeye fishing should steadily improve over the next few weeks as they go through the motions of the spawn. Last year’s state record saugeye was caught here on Jan. 30.
Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guidessaid water levels are running at 287 cfs at the spring and water clarity is cloudy. The clarity of the river has not cleared up completely and it has been a good thing. The trout have been very receptive to bright, flashy flies like the Guppie and Y2K. Olive and black woolly buggers are working well also. Really nice trout are still being caught regularly. Spin fishers have been doing well with hot pink Trout Magnets, black/yellow Rooster Tails and gold Little Cleos.
Southeast Arkansas
Cane Creek State Park’s filed no report this week.
Local angler and guide Jessie James (870-355-7800) filed no report.

Lake Monticello

Fishing guide Greg Gulledge (870-723-3928) of MonticelloBigBass.com had no report this week.
Southwest Arkansas
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 259.50 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.2 msl).
Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake level is 5 inches above normal conservation pool and falling. There is reduced current in Little River. Surface water temperature ranges from 44 degrees to 48 degrees, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location, and time of day. Discharge rate as of Monday was 170 cfs. Clarity and visibility worsened over the past week. As of Monday on main lake structure away from current, clarity and visibility ranges 3 to 6 inches. The bass activity level has slowed with the reduction in water temps, and they are having a hard time adjusting to this crazy up-and-down weather. One day they are roaming the flats chasing and busting shad, the next day they’ve gone back deep and are hard to find. The best bite of the entire day certainly remains from midday through mid-afternoon. Slow-moving Bomber and XCalibur crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, jigging spoons and jigs are working during the warmest period of the day. Cotton Cordell, Kastmaster, or Johnson Splinter spoons vertically jigged slowly on primary and secondary points with stumps, brush piles and cover along Little River, will work to get numbers of smaller fish in the boat. Largemouths, spotted bass and white bass continue to stack up in Little River’s oxbows and in Little River itself, for the past couple weeks into mid-afternoon. Points are still producing best in Little River, while rapid drop offs of flats with stumps and standing timber, are providing the best locations in the oxbows, albeit, random activity with the wild daytime temperature fluctuations. Slow-moving Yum or Berkley 10-inch worms in peanut butter and jelly or blue fleck continue randomly working on cypress trees in 8-12 feet of water. Carolina rigs are slowly producing in clearer water areas in the oxbows. Jumbo magnum gitzits and magnum tube baits with rattles (in higher stained areas), in black/blue, pumpkin/chartreuse, or black/red are catching bass on stumps near drop-offs in the 8-10 foot zones and creek channels. Rat-L-Traps, Bomber and XCalibur crankbaits continue producing (randomly) in drop off areas of 5-7 feet and flats into 12-16 feet drop zones with stumps present. White bass all but disappeared over the past week with thunderstorms and high winds, along Little River. Almost any creek dump and points extending into Little River were holding groups of various sizes and groups of White Bass over the past few weeks, but over the last few days, these groups of Whites have been difficult to locate on a consistent bite. Crappie are a little confused with these wild temperature swings. One day they are vertical stacking in 10-14 feet of water over and around planted brush, the next day they are on cypress knees and tree roots. Minnows and jigs were beginning to take some of the vertically stacked crappie over the past two weeks. It’s almost a hide-and-seek method of finding them day-to-day, lately. Try to target planted brush piles in 10-15 feet of water out of the current along Little River. Catfish are still active, but slower with reduced current in Little River. Best bets over the past few weeks have been Catfish Charlie or cut shad on trotlines in 16-22 feet along Little River, and yo-yos hung from cypress limbs over 10-12 feet of water in the oxbows.
Steve’s Outdoor Sports (870-234-2222) had no report this week.
Joshua and Jacob Bass of Sarepta, La., said the crappie bite is good from the morning until around lunch time on shiners and jigs. Chartreuse jigs seemed to be the best bet. The crappie are still near channels and on the bottom near drop offs and points. The bite has slowed since last week, and the fish are a bit smaller; hopefully the larger fish are heading for shallow water and staging for the spawn but we couldn’t find them, yet. Catfishing is good, as always on Erling. Cut shad and stink bait is working well on channel cats and blue cats. No report yet for bass or bream, but we should have something next week.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 542.46 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).
For more information on crappie fishing at Lake Greeson, visit Jerry Blake’s website,www.actionfishingtrips.com/tripreports.htm.
  
Visit www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com for a daily update on fishing conditions.
Cossatot River State Park As of Wednesday, the Vandervoort gauge was at 2.26 and the gauge at De Queen was at 2.33.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 400.76 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).
Local angler George Graves said the surface water temperature is 48 degrees and the lake is clear up to Point 14 and stained up to Cox Creek. Bass fishing is good with some nice catches reported on medium- and deep-running crankbaits. The best areas are off secondary points and in the major creeks. Fish the north side of the lake because the water is a bit warmer; also choose bright sunny days. Try natural shad patterns in clear water and brighter colors with some chartreuse or orange in stained water. If the crankbait pattern fails to produce, try a Texas-rigged worm, drop shot worm, or a dark-colored jig with a craw trailer off the same points in 15 to 30 feet of water. Look for fish between Caddo Drive and Cox Creek. Big Hill Creek has been very good lately. Crappie fishing remains slow with only a few fish reported. Look for fish on deep (20 to 25 feet) brush piles. Drop a 2-inch grub or tube in Tennessee shad or chartreuse, into the thickest part of the brush and just ease around the cover very slowly with the trolling motor. Do not jig the lure; just move it very slowly. Bites will be very subtle, so pay close attention to your line for any movement. Hybrid fishing is good with the water clearing and the stable lake level. Look for fish on the big flat between Goat Island (Island 38) and Point Cedar. The fish gather here every winter in preparation for their upriver spawning run. There are usually two layers of fish with schools at about 15 feet down and some on the bottom in 25 feet of water. The best bet for the shallow fish is to troll very slowly (1 to 1.5 MPH) 3- or 4-inch swim baits in white or chartreuse or a small umbrella rig with 3-inch curly tail grubs. On the deep “bottom” fish, use a jigging spoon in white or chartreuse and work the lure very slowly close the bottom. Use the sonar to locate the schools because the fish are not everywhere and will concentrate in certain areas which will change daily. Best time is during the brightest part of the day between noon and 4 p.m. Bream fishing is fair with most fish now on the bottom near brush piles or attractors in 20 to 25 feet of water. The best bet is to tight line a redworm or cricket next to the brush. Look for bream at mid lake and in the deep coves. No reports on catfish.
West-Central Arkansas
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 343.90 feet msl (flood pool – 373 msl).
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) filed no report this week..
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) filed no report this week.
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) filed no report this week.
Bill’s Bait Shop (479-637-7419)had no report this week.
Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) said main lake temperatures have been in the mid-40s. The water is stained, but is clearing. The best technique has been to fish a jerk bait or green/chartreuse Baby Bee crankbait slowly. Anglers have found a few bass upriver in the backwater areas on jigs. White bass were biting fairly well on Rat-L-Traps and jerk baits in clear water. Some smaller bass were caught in the backwater at Spadra on jerk baits, and some better fish were caught up in the creek on black grape trick worms. From Cabin Creek down to the lower end of the lake, the Alabama Rig and jigs have been catching the better fish. Near the outlet of the nuclear plant, slow rolling a spinnerbait and a Rat-L-Trap has produced some decent fish. Clown-colored Smithwick jerk baits are doing well in the strip pits along with an Alabama rig. Catfish are biting well on cut shad all up and down the river. Crappie are still doing well in Piney Bay, Shoal Bay, the outlet of the nuclear plant and the strip pits. The best place for stripers has been the outlet of the nuclear plant; try white jigs with grub jerk baits and Rat-L-Traps.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 384.60 feet msl (flood pool – 419 msl).
EMERGENCY COMMERCIAL FISHING CLOSURE: Commercial catfishing is temporarily closed on Blue Mountain Lake because of the extreme low water conditions. Commercial fishermen will not be able to harvest any species of catfish from Blue Mountain Lake through noon, March 1, 2013. Other commercial fish species may still be harvested.
The lake level is on the rise. Access is possible off the concrete ramp at Waveland Park. Folks are still fishing off the makeshift ramp off the river bank and catching crappie and catfish. Water clarity is still turbid, but that has not affected fishing success.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 574.26 feet msl (flood pool – 578 msl).
Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is clear. The surface temperature is 46-50 degrees. Black bass are fair to good on football jigs and Alabama rigs with shad-colored soft baits. Stripers are fair and are being caught on Alabama rigs with 3- and 4-inch shad-colored swim baits. Secondary lake points in creek channels and main lake points near major creeks are the best locations for these fish. Crappie are fair near and over brush in water 20 to 25 feet deep. Fish a crappie grub or minnow about 12 to 18 feet deep over the top of the brush. Catfish are still slow and being caught on cut bait and live bait on jug lines and trotlines set 20 to 30 feet deep.

Larry Hurley from Poorman’s Guide Service filed no report.

For a report on the crappie fishing at Lake Hamilton, visit Family Fishing Trips.
Drawdown Update: Entergy Arkansas says winter drawdowns of 5 feet on Hamilton and 3 feet on Catherine will be maintained until March 2013. Water released at the dams will be used to generate hydroelectric power. The annual drawdowns help with shoreline maintenance and inspection, and are part of a plan to help control nuisance aquatic vegetation. Entergy Arkansas coordinates the annual winter drawdown with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
For weekly flow releases from Carpenter Dam, visit www.entergy.com/hydro.
Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service, reports water temperature directly below Carpenter Dam is 44 degrees with clear conditions in the tailrace. Rainbow trout fishing is excellent with thousands of quality fish present and being caught on many presentations. Bank fishermen are having success in periods of slack water on redworms and nightcrawlers fished off the bottom with a marshmallow floater. Power Bait, wax worms or meal worms are also working well used in the same manner. When the current is strong, trout move close to the banks in many places. Boaters trolling small crankbaits in the main channel have recorded limits of large trout. White or silver spoons in 1/8-oz. weights, Super Dupers and Rooster Tails in brown or white accounted for countless limits of trout last week. Fly fishermen wading to shoals and sand bars are casting micro-jigs in white or black under a strike indicator. Big numbers of trout are being caught and released on jigs, San Juan worms and egg patterns fished in these areas. Safety is key when wading or navigating the lake during the drawdown while fast currents are the norm. Walleye will begin spawning in the next two weeks as smaller males are moving toward the dam. Mid-February is the normal start time for these fish and spawning will continue until late March and early April. White bass fishing is poor with no reports of fish being caught in any numbers. Striper and hybrid activity is also slow, but could change at any moment.
Drawdown Update: Entergy Arkansas says winter drawdowns began Nov. 3. Lake Hamilton will drop 5 feet and Lake Catherine will drop 3 feet. Water released at the dams will be used to generate hydroelectric power. Both lakes will return to their normal summertime levels in March 2013. The annual drawdowns help with shoreline maintenance and inspection, and are part of a plan to help control nuisance aquatic vegetation. Entergy Arkansas coordinates the annual winter drawdown with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) filed no report this week.
South-Central Arkansas
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team filed no report this week.
Moro Bay State Park at the junction of the Ouachita River, Raymond Lake and Moro Bay, had no report this week.
Jaret Rushing said there still hasn’t been much action, but that should pick up soon. With a rise in temperatures, anglers should start dusting off their rods and tackle boxes and hitting the water.
Jaret Rushing said there haven’t been many anglers on Tri-County, but the best luck for crappie has been on blue/white and chartreuse/black jigs near channels 8-feet deep.
East Arkansas
Mississippi River State Park said crappie are biting on minnows around brush. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits. Bream are fair on crickets about mid-morning.
Mississippi River State Park said crappie are biting on minnows around brush. Bass are biting in the evenings on cut bait.
Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is low and clear. The surface water temperature is 49 degrees. Crappie are slow, but a few have been caught on minnows. Bass are slow, but crankbaits will catch a few. Walleye are slow. No report on catfish or bream.
Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) filed no report this week.
Local angler Clyde Gregory said the water is low and fairly clear. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets around lily pad stems. Crappie are biting well around the piers on jigs and minnows. Catfishing is good on cut bait and nightcrawlers fished around cypress trees. No report on bass.

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