This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s fishing report for the week. If there is a body of water you would like included in this report, please call or e-mail with information on possible sources for reports about that lake or river. Reports are updated weekly, although some reports might be published for two weeks if updates are not received promptly or if reporters say the report hasn’t changed. Contact the reporter for the lake or stream you plan to fish for current news.
Lake Poinsett Lake Poinsett State Park said this is about the favorite time of the year for anglers. Many bass are being caught on a variety of lures. Many crappie are being caught in shallow, calm water. Bream are biting well on crickets. One 32-pound flathead catfish was caught on Saturday. Crown Lake Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is a little dingy and is at normal level. The surface water temperature is 65 degrees. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished 15 feet deep. Bass are biting well on Carolina-rigged soft-plastics. Catfishing is good on chicken livers. Lake Frierson Lake Frierson State Park said the lake is several feet over normal pool, but falling. Water temperatures still range from the upper 50s to mid-60s, depending on day, location and weather. With the high water, fewer boats have been out. Channel and blue catfish are still good on nightcrawlers, minnows and dip bait; no reports of flatheads yet. Fish are being caught under floatation devices and from the bank. Some more crappie have been turning up on minnows, jigs of various colors and jigs tipped with minnows at various depths; try around cover near deeper water such as points or channel swings. Bass have been fair; the water level changes have scattered the bass, many of whom have already spawned making them difficult to pinpoint. Try baits that cover a lot of water such as spinnerbaits and crankbaits to locate fish and then slow down and cover the area with soft plastics thrown at any type of cover. You may need to make repeated casts to the same area to get a bite. Bream have been good on small pieces of nightcrawlers, redworms and pieces of hotdogs. Try different depths under a small bobber until you locate fish. A few saugeye were caught last week; some on minnows and one on a hot dog. Spring River Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 432 cfs at the spring and water clarity is 50/50. The river is up some and care should be taken when wading. The trout are biting great on Y2Ks and brownies. Crayfish imitations are working great with a little extra weight to keep the fly near the bottom in the current. Hot pink and purple haze Trout Magnets, and yellow/black Rooster Tails are working well. Trout Magnet also carries a 3-inch stick bait called a Troutcrank. It has been working great in trout colors. Make sure to run extra heavy tippet on your spinning rod for walleye strikes. Berry Brothers Guide Service said the water level is fishable. This is a great place to wade fish when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season has not begun and the few boaters still around should not prove to be a problem. The hot spot is the Dam Three Access. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.