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Weekly Fishing Report

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Keith Stephens (501) 223-6342, e-mail: kastephens@agfc.state.ar.us

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's fishing report for September 10, 2003.

Fishing Tip: When fishing for crappie in the heat of August, try fishing 10 feet or deeper. Crappie are escaping to the deeper, cooler water. A deep-diving crank bait or spinner bait works very well.

CENTRAL ARKANSAS:
Lake Conway: Bates Field and Stream said bream fishing is good using worms or crickets. Bass are hitting topwater baits in the morning and afternoon and plastic worms during the day. The crappie are still in the cypress trees about six feet deep hitting minnows.
Little Red River: Lindsey's Rainbow Resort said the Corp of Engineers are running one generator starting at about 3 p.m. and running for about one hour. Fly fishermen are doing good using sow bugs, San Juan Worms, red Little Brassies or olive Woolly Buggers. Nightcrawlers, wax worms with marshmallows or chartreuse Power Bait is working best for the bait fishermen.
Greers Ferry: Shiloh Marina said crappie are 30 feet deep by the creek channels and hitting minnows. When whites and hybrids are schooling on top they are hitting 2 inch white grubs, Hog Sticks or Boy Howdies and when they go deep they seem to prefer jigging spoons or minnows. Black bass are schooling and going to shallow water around the edge of the treelines off the main lake and creek channels. Catfish are being caught five to 15 feet deep on jugs baited with cut bait. Walleye are 15 to 20 feet deep being caught bouncing nightcrawlers off the bottom.

Harris Brake Lake: Coffee Creek Landing said bream fishing is good using crickets. Crappie fishing is very good using minnows or crickets around the brush piles, off the piers and off the banks. Bass fishing has slowed some but they are still catching a few using 1/8th ounce silver and blue Rattletraps or motor oil Squiggle Worms. Catfish are being caught off the banks with worms.
Lake Overcup: Lakeview Landing said bream fishing is good with crickets. Crappie are hitting minnows and small tube jigs. Bass fishing is good using Tequila Worms and buzz baits. Catfishing is good using large minnows or dog food. Overcup Landing said crappie fishing is good in eight to 10 feet of water fishing five to eight feet deep with minnows and red/chartreuse jigs and candy cane. Bass are doing well on dark colored worms, especially black. Bream are hitting crickets and Danamax jigs. Catfish are doing well on rod and reels with crickets and nightcrawlers late and live bream on trotlines.
Beaverfork Lake: Wooster Grocery said bream fishing is fair using worms or crickets. Crappie fishing is good using minnows.
Brewer Lake: Overcup Landing said crappie fishing is good with minnows and red/chartreuse or black/chartreuse jigs. Bass are hitting pig and jigs and devil horse lures. Bream are hitting crickets and red worms. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers and cut shad.
Toad Suck Lock and Dam: Bates Field and Stream said Kentucky and largemouth bass are still hitting Bandits, buzz baits, crank baits and red shad worms in the river.
Little Maumelle River: River Valley Bait said the river level and clarity is normal. Redear and bream are hitting crickets. Crappie fishing is slow. Bass are hitting spinner baits and minnows. Catfish are still hitting anything you want to use.
Lake Cargile: Beeson's Grocery said bass are hitting minnows. Catfish are being caught with crickets and minnows. Overcup Landing said bass are hitting twin tail chartreuse jigs and #6 minnows. Bream fishing is good using Danamax jigs and red worms. Crappie are starting to hit small minnows and candy cane jigs. Catfishing is fair on nightcrawlers and live bream.
Lake Maumelle: Jolly Roger's Marina said black bass fishing is fair to good from the in 20 feet of water using worms and jigs during the day and plastic Zoom worms or lizards or spinner baits later in the evening. Try fast drop-offs and around structure. Kentucky bass fishing is good in 10 to 20 feet of water using small jigs and worms. White bass fishing is excellent in front of the marina to Big Island and west from Reese Creek to the Chimney. Whites are in schools chasing small shad and are being caught at sunrise until about 8 a.m. and from 6 p.m. until dark on black and white H & H spinners, CC Spoons and Near Nuthin's right on the surface. They are also hitting Rogues, white Roostertails and Road Runners. Catfishing is good in deeper water using large minnows or prepared baits. Crappie fishing is fair 20 to 25 feet deep around structure with minnows and assorted colored jigs. Bream fishing is excellent in deep water with crickets.
Arkansas River: Charley's Hidden Harbor near Oppelo said catfishing is very strong drift fishing in 30 to 35 feet of water using skip jack. Crappie are up Point Remove Creek and Petit Jean River hitting minnows fished at night under lights. Whites are running the jetties, on the inside of the tips and the down streamside of the dam hitting slow retrieved spoons.
NORTH ARKANSAS:
White River: Gaston's White River Resort said there is lots of low water this week. The best bait fishing is with wax worms, yellow Power Eggs, nightcrawlers or red worms. The fly fishermen are having the best luck using sow bugs, Woolly Buggers and Soft Hackles.

North Fork River: Fly-fishing guide John Gulley said the fly fishermen are using size 14 to 16 sow bugs and scuds or olive or black Woolly Bugger early in the day. Later in the day they are switching to size 18 to 24 olive, gray or cream midge pupa or cluster flies. Spin fishing is best using Blue Fox, Cleo Spoons, rainbow colored CD5 Countdown Rapala or small olive or black jigs. Bait fishing is best with crawfish tails, nightcrawlers, corn or chartreuse Power Bait.
Bull Shoals Lake: Lead Hill Boat Dock, Inc. said crappie are 25 feet deep around the brush piles hitting minnows. Bass are on bluff points and the flats around 25 feet hitting crawdads. Wilderness Trail said the lake level is 649.66, the lake temperature is 80 to 82 degrees and the thermocline is holding steady at 36 feet. Crappie slowed during the day hours this week along the bluffs although the bite in the pockets around brush piles remained good. Crappie minnows and Swimming Minnows are the best baits around the brush. Stay on the outside of the brush in 28 to 32 feet of water to key on the bigger crappie. Largemouth bass are pushing shad to the top during the morning hours and can be caught on Pop R's, Zara Spook Juniors and Lucky Craft Sammy's. After the sun is up switch to a Mojo or Carolina rig tipped with a lizard or finesse worm. Fish the flats on the main lake and chunk rock points in the creek arms. Smallmouth bass can be caught in the cuts and pockets along the main lake using spider jigs, finesse worms and Hula grubs. Kentucky bass are feeding on shad throughout the day pushing them to the top. Have a Pop R, Spit'N Image or Zara Spook Junior ready for the top water frenzy feed. When they are not on top look for drop-offs around chunk rock points or the end of channel swings for schools under shad in 40 to 50 feet of water and try fishing a white or silver spoon vertically down through them. Walleye are 30 to 40 feet deep and are being caught on spoons, nightcrawlers on a split shot rig and trolling crawler harnesses with gold, chartreuse or red blades. The best bite is in the morning and after dark around 9 p.m. or so. The nighttime walleye are hitting nightcrawlers, crank baits and black/blue or orange hair jigs around the main lake flats. Night fishing for Kentuckys and smallmouth bass is best around chunk rock points and pea gravel points with deep drops on one side or the other using jig and pigs and Gene Larew strawberry gold worms. Around 11 P.M. the largemouth bass are getting active on brush piles and bluff wall ends. Jigs are triggering most of the nicer largemouth bass.
Lake Norfork: Cranfield Junction Quik Stop said crappie are about 35 feet deep hitting minnows. Bream are hitting crickets. Stripers and hybrids are being caught on jigging spoons or live shad. Catfishing is good drift fishing with nightcrawlers, this method is also producing a few bass. Walleye fishing is good down the lake about 40 feet deep around chunk rock using chartreuse or white vertical jigging spoons.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods said bluegill and bream are hitting crickets. A few crappie are being picked up trolling with Hot'n Tots and starting at the mouth of the rivers with minnows. Stripers are deep and hitting live shad. Bass fishing is fair to good using ounce shad colored or white Screaming Eagles or spinner baits in the daytime or black single spins or plastic worms at night. Topwater baits are also working well in the morning and a finesse presentation is best later in the day. Catfishing is fair on trotlines baited with live or cut bait.
Lake Fayetteville: Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock said bluegill and bream are about 15 feet deep hitting crickets and worms. Black bass are hitting topwater baits and shallow diving lures. Catfish are being caught with nightcrawlers and chicken liver about four feet deep.
Lake Sequoyah: Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock said crappie fishing is slow, however, a few are being caught using minnows or jigs. Bream fishing is good with worms or crickets. Catfishing is fair using chicken liver or large minnows. Bass fishing is good using spinner baits, crank baits and buzz baits.
Beaver Tailwaters: Beaver Dam Store says the best baits seem to be Power Bait or Micro jigs tipped with wax worms. Fly fishermen are using size 10 black Woolly Buggers, size 18 to 20 midge or midge pupas in various stripes, size 16 to 20 Adams, size 18 to 20 Griffith's Gnats or hopper patterns in size eight to 12. Striper fishing on Beaver Lake is good using four to six inch long live shad.
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
White River: Local fisherman Jeff Moore said the White River at Batesville is at 9.55 feet and falling. The river is basically too muddy to fish from recent rains, except for catfish. There have been some good reports of nice stringers of catfish being caught below Lock #2 on grubs and worms. Most of the fish have been caught near the mouth of the creeks and springs that run into the river. The river needs a few days to clear for all other fishing to get better.
Lake Charles: Powhatan Landing said bluegill and bream fishing is good with worms and crickets. A few crappie are being caught using minnows. Catfishing is good on rod and reels baited with large minnows.
Black River: Powhatan Landing said the river has been up but is starting to drop again. They are catching a few bass but catfishing is good using rod and reels baited with large minnows.
Spring River: Many Islands Camp said the fish are hitting rainbow colored Power Bait, nightcrawlers and minnows.

SOUTHEAST ARKANSAS
Lake Enterprise: Fred's Sport Shop said bream fishing is fair using crickets. Crappie fishing is fair with shiners and jigs. Late afternoon and night-time bass fishing is good using topwater baits. Catfishing is good using nightcrawlers on the running streams in the area.
Lake Chicot: Koenig's Bass Tracker Marine said bass fishing is still good using topwater baits. Catfish are hitting liver.
Grand Lake: Koenig's Bass Tracker Marine said catfish are hitting limb lines baited with worms or liver. Crappie are being caught trolling minnows or jigs.
Mississippi River: Koenig's Bass Tracker Marine said catfishing is good using worms or liver.


SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS
Millwood Lake: Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake level is 259.3 feet. The best fishing times for largemouth bass remains early morning and late afternoons. Bass fishing is fair using white Moss Bosses with white split tail trailers, top water rats and Bass Assassin Shads around hydrilla and lily pads next to deeper water. The medium crank baits, Carolina rigs and Southern Pro Fatbutt Tubes are working in cuts and creek dumps into Little River. Norman DLN or Cordell Bog O cranks in white shad/ green back patterns or chrome/black are taking a few keepers later in the day after the top water bite is over. A few larger bass in the three to four pound range have been caught on jigs with Larew Hawg craw trailers or black/blue or pumpkin seed colored So Pro tubes eight to 10 feet deep around cypress trees. Zoom trick worms in sour grape or white, used with no weight and rigged wacky style, and are working randomly around grass and pads along edges of the river. Blue cats are being caught on trotlines along the river in current 12 to 14 feet deep and on yoyos under cypress trees using catalpa worms. White bass are schooling near Okay point along the Saline Rivers and at White Cliffs along Little River in the late afternoons.
Lake Columbia: Steve's Marine said crappie fishing is good at night using shiners or jigs. Bass are hitting spinner baits and Rattling Rogues. Catfishing is good with live bait or stink bait.
Lake Erling: Steve's Marine said bream are hitting worms and crickets. Catfsihing is good using live bait or stink bait. Crappie fishing is good at night with minnows or jigs.
White Oak Lake: Charlie's One Stop said bream fishing is good using crickets. Crappie are hitting crickets and minnows. Bass are hitting spinner baits.
Lake Greeson: Lakeside Grocery, Motel/Bait Shop said the lake is beginning to drop again. Crappie are 15 to 20 feet deep around the brush piles hitting minnows. A few stripers are being caught using live shad. Bass are hitting spinner baits or plastic worms at night.
DeGray Lake: DeGray State Park Marina said bream fishing is good using crickets on the outside edge of the moss line and off humps and points. Crappie are hitting minnows and crappie jigs. Hybrids are breaking in the early hours and hitting topwater baits. Largemouth bass are around the matted moss hitting ounce jigs in about 12 feet of water.
Little Missouri River: Fly-fishing guide Jeff Guerin said a cream midge up in the flat had some fish working. There have been plenty of Light Cahills hatching so try a Cahill Paraduck. It has been the most Cahills seen hatching recently and it's only going to get better. The fish preferred the Paraduck to the midge.

WEST-CENTRAL ARKANSAS
Lake Dardanelle: Early Bird Outfitters said crappie are four to six feet deep around the brush piles hitting minnows. Whites are schooling mid-lake hitting spoons, Rattletraps and Streamers. Blacks are starting to hit soft plastics and topwater baits. Bream fishing is good using crickets. Catfishing is good using shad, stink bait or liver.
Ozark Pool: Lakeside Food Mart said black bass are hitting white spinner or crank baits. Crappie are deep and are being caught using minnows. Bream fishing is good with crickets. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers or cut shad.
Lake Ouachita: Mountain Harbor Resort said largemouth bass fishing is fair early and late using chrome, bone or clear/blue colored Zara Spooks or Boy Howdies or red bug, plum, grape or bloodline colored lizards or u-tail worms on main lake points outside the edge of the moss line. Walleye are 20 to 30 feet deep on moss humps hitting deep diving silver and black rogues. Stripers are around points three and four hitting shad and brood sized minnows or in deep water hitting big white or gray jigs and C C Spoons. Bream are hitting crickets or worms fished eight to 25 feet deep in the coves or around main lake points. Crappie are being caught over brush piles using feather jigs and two-inch grubs. Catfishing is good on trotlines and jugs baited with nightcrawlers, stink bait, live minnows or bacon.
Lake Catherine: Dozhier's Bait Shop and Rainbow Landing said generators are running from 3 P.M. to 7 P.M. daily. Most of the striper and hybrid activity is being found around Thunderbird Beach and directly below Carpenter Dam Bridge. Red Fins and large Spooks are the choice top water and black jigs are working deep. Bass action is a bit slow, but some are being taken on Carolina rigged lizards and worms. Bream are hitting crickets and red worms with most of the larger redears holding in 15 to 20 feet of water. Catfish are hitting dead shad and live shiners fished 10 to 12 feet deep. Jug fishing at the east end of the lake has been productive.
Lake Hamilton: Dozhier's Bait Shop and Rainbow Landing said some small Kentucky and black bass are schooling in the area of Rabbit Island. These breaking fish are hitting topwater baits and spoons worked just under the surface. Catfish are 10 to 15 feet deep hitting live shiners, shrimp and nightcrawlers, with some action reported around the fish hatchery. Crappie continue to hold in about 20 feet of water around established brush piles and are hitting small shiners. Walleye are reported to be in the area of Skully Creek and are hitting bottom bumping jigs.
Lake Hinkle: Bill's Bait Shop said crappie are hitting minnows. Bass fishing is good using plastic worms or minnows. A lot of two and three pound catfish are being caught on trotlines and rod and reels using shiners.
Ouachita River (above Lake Ouachita): Fish and Game Guaranteed Guide Service said the river is too low for floating on all but the lower sections and is extremely clear. Wade fishing is very good. Smallmouth and largemouth bass can be caught on plastic worms and grubs, Rapalas and Senkos. Bass are beginning to school now in preparation for the winter and tend to be at or near the deepest holes of water.


SOUTH-CENTRAL ARKANSAS
Felsenthal: No report.
EAST ARKANSAS:
Maddox Bay: Maddox Bay Landing said crappie are being caught trolling minnows. Catfishing is very good using Sunny's or Doc's bait or worms.
Midway Lake: Ed's Boat Camp said bream are hitting red worms. bass fishing is good using topwater baits. Catfish are hitting nightcrawlers. Six Rivers Bait Shop said bream are hitting crickets.
Bear Creek Lake: Six Rivers Bait Shop said bream fishing is good using crickets. Catfishing is good with shad.
Long Lake: Six Rivers Bait Shop said crappie and bass are hitting minnows.
Cow Bayou: Six Rivers Bait Shop said the crappie and the bass are both hitting good on minnows.
Johnson Lake: Six Rivers Bait Shop said bass and crappie fishing is very good using minnows.
Whitehall Lake: Six Rivers Bait Shop said bream fishing is good using crickets.
Mississippi River: Six Rivers Bait Shop said catfishing is good using cut bait, skip jack, shad and rice slicks.
Lower St. Francis River: Six Rivers Bait Shop said catfishing is good using rice slicks, shad, skip jack and cut bait.
Horseshoe Lake: Local fishermen Clyde Gregory said all the good fishing is around the cypress trees. Bream are hitting good using crickets. Crappie fishing is good with minnows. Some small bass are being caught on spinner baits. Catfishing is good with minnows or Catfish Charlie.

 

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