Weekly Fishing Report
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Keith Stephens (501) 223-6342, e-mail:
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.
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
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 2½ 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
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
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.
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 ¼ 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 ¾ 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.
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
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
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
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.
Felsenthal: No report.
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
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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