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CENTRAL ARKANSAS - Weekly Fishing Report

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Randy Zellers (501)223-6406, e-mail: rdzellers@agfc.state.ar.us

This is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's fishing report.

November 7, 2013

Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir - (Updated 11-06-2013) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said bream fishing is fair on worms and crickets at Pierce Creek and just off the bank at Caney Creek. Crappie are excellent around the Highway 89 Bridge, Caney Creek and the cove at Gold Creek. Jigs are working well, but a jig-and-minnow may be needed to entice a bite later in the day. Yo-yos and limblines baited with minnows are catching crappie and catfish around Lawrence Landing and Arch Pond. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits, soft-plastics and topwater lures early in the day.  

(Updated 10-30-2013) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said crappie are biting well on jigs and minnows fished 6 to 7 feet deep on brushtops and around lily pads. Bass are slow. Bream are fair. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and yo-yos.

Little Red River - (Updated 10-15-2013) Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is clear and one to one-and-a-half generators are running, beginning at 4 p.m. Trout fishing is outstanding. In the mornings, the trout are hitting anything presented to them like crazy.

(Updated 11-06-2013) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ’em All Guide Service said the Greer’s Ferry tailwater is experiencing no or sporadic water release on the Little Red. This is creating low water conditions along all sections of the river, resulting in good wading and poor boat drifting conditions. For fly fishermen, BWO’s, egg patterns, midges, midge pupas, soft hackles, small wooly buggers and small sow bugs are working well. Those using Trout Magnets are “twitching” (using it without a float) the Magnets in the low-water conditions. Colors working well are hot pink and chartreuse. We are seeing some brown trout activity in some of the shoals, so please be aware of their redds (spawning beds) while wading. 

Greers Ferry - As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 459.27 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl). 

(Updated 11-06-2013) Jeff Mays of Anglers Outpost Guide Service (501-253-1905) had no new report.

(Updated 10-30-2013) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level at Greers Ferry Lake is falling, and the surface water temperature is in the high 60s to low 70s. White and hybrid bass are eating it up most days. The warm front pushed them deeper (out to 53 feet), some are on top at times and the rest can be caught from 35-53 feet on in-line spinners, spoons and small swimbaits. Bream have moved back shallow and can be caught on crawlers. Crappie are eating in the pole timber 12-18 feet deep on minnows and jigs. Catfish are still biting well on a variety of baits. Walleye are very scattered and hard to pinpoint; try dragging crawlers in 18- 53 feet of water. Bass fishing is slow; the water is low with dissolved oxygen, which has been a problem, but the bite will pick up soon, try drop shots, Carolina rigs, topwater baits, spinnerbaits from 6 inches out to 53 feet of water.

(Updated 10-23-2013) Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com (501-691-5701) said the bite on the reservoir is exploding. Not a lot of surface action, but all fish are on the feed. Water surface temps are edging into the upper 60s; this means it's time to hit the water. Small to medium-sized shad-imitating baits, such as inline spinners are catching everything that swims. By mid-morning switch to a drop-shot rig to keep catching bass. Crappie anglers are catching limits pulling brightly colored cranks in 18 to 37 feet of water. Shad are in inches of water early and the fish are close by, follow them off the bank as they move and you can stay with them all day. 

Harris Brake Lake (Updated 10-23-2013) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is clear and a little high. White bass are biting well. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs in 6 feet of water. Bass are fair on soft-plastics. No report on catfish.   

(Updated 11-06-2013) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the gate is open to flood the duck hunting areas on the WMA. Crappie are great in 4 to 10 feet of water on trolled Bandit and Bomber crankbaits, minnows and Bobby Garland Slab Slay’Rs with a split tail and Stroll’Rs in monkey milk, white/salt-and-pepper, red/chartreuse shad, bone white, Cajun cricket, cotton candy, barbecue chicken and blue/white with a Power Bait Crappie nibble. Catfish biting on minnows, worms, stink bait and chicken/ turkey /rabbit livers. Bass are fair on tequila sunrise and dark-colored worms, spinnerbaits and flukes. Bream are biting on nightcrawlers, redworms, meal worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Redears are biting redworms fished near the bottom. 

Lake Overcup - Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report this week. 

(Updated 11-06-2013) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are slow on minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad, Slab Slay’Rs and Stroll’Rs in white/salt-and-pepper, red/chartreuse shad, bone white, Cajun cricket, pink cotton candy, barbecue chicken and blue/white with a green or yellow Power Bait Crappie nibble. Bass are slow on tequila sunrise worms, spinnerbaits, flukes and drop-shot worms. Bream are slow on meal worms, crickets, redworms, wax worms and Rockhopper jigs.  

Brewer Lake - Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) had no report this week.

Lake Cargile - Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) filed no new report. 

Lake Barnett - Local angler Nicholas Karras had no report this week. 

Lake Maumelle - Jolly Roger’s Marina had no new report. 

(Updated 11-06-2013) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie fishing is fair on white/red and chartreuse jigs in 10 to 20 feet of water. Bass fishing is excellent on black/chartreuse crankbaits and white/chartreuse spinnerbaits. Catfishing is excellent in the deeper pools using shad, skipjack, goldfish and minnows.

(Updated 11-06-2013) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting well in 3 to 10 feet of water on trolled Bandit and Bomber crankbaits. They also are biting on minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad and Slab Slay’Rs in red/chartreuse, bone white, orange/chartreuse, Cajun cricket, cotton candy, barbecue chicken, blue/white tipped with a green or yellow crappie nibble. White bass are fair on Rooster Tails and white/salt-and-pepper grubs. Bream are biting on nightcrawlers, redworms, meal worms, crickets and rock hoppers. Bass are biting on tequila sunrise and dark-colored worms, spinnerbaits, Rooster Tails, flukes and drop-shot worms.

Lake Valencia - (Updated 10-30-2013) Hatchet jack's Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said catfishing is excellent on chicken hearts, livers and minnows. They are also biting fairly well on nightcrawlers.

Benton City Lake - Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) had no new report. 

Sunset Lake - (Updated 10-30-2013) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said crappie have been biting no. 6 crappie minnows around the docks. Catfish are biting chicken liver and minnows fished on bottom.

Saline River Access in Benton - (Updated 10-30-2013) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said customers are reporting catching large numbers of small bass and some good stringers eating-sized crappie on no. 6 crappie minnows and no. 12 bass minnows. Catfish are biting live minnows and chicken livers.

Lake Norrell - (Updated 10-30-2013) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) has had no recent reports.

Bishop Park Lakes in Bryant - (Updated 10-30-2013) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said recently stocked catfish are biting well on chicken liver and nightcrawlers. Some small crappie have been caught on no. 6 and no. 12 minnows fished 4-5 feet deep. Bass have been caught on minnows as well.

Lake Winona - (Updated 10-30-2013) Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said crappie fishing has been good for one customer using no. 12 bass minnows. Catfish are biting slowly, but some are being caught on nightcrawlers and chicken livers.

Arkansas River at Morrilton - (Updated 11-06-2013) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo had no new report.

Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool) - (Updated 11-06-2013) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said both bream and bass fishing are fair in the Maumelle River. Bream are biting white/chartreuse and red/chartreuse jigs. Bass are biting well around jetty points and backwater areas on white and chartreuse shallow-diving crankbaits. Catfishing is excellent near the main channel on shad, skipjack, liver and nightcrawlers. 

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool) - (Updated 11-06-2013) Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the water is at normal level with no flow. The water temperature is at 63 degrees. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished around brush in the backwaters in 5 to 6 feet of water. Bass are in the backwater and are biting well on jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is good around sandbars and rocky areas on worms and cut bait. 

(Updated 10-30-2013) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bass fishing is excellent around jetty points using shallow-diving crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps. Senkos are also working well on bass near the main channel. Catfishing is good on shad, skipjack, nightcrawlers and green sunfish in the main channel. Some crappie are biting jigs. White bass are excellent on white/chartreuse twister tails and shad below Murray Lock and Dam.  

(Updated 11-06-2013) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said bass and catfish are biting well below Terry Lock and Dam. Look for bass on jetties and rocky points near the main channel; they are biting well on crankbaits, worms and Zoom Brush Hogs. Catfish are hitting cut bait very well. 

Clear Lake - (Updated 11-06-2013) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471)  said crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass have slowed, but when they do bite it’s on crankbaits and soft-plastic worms. Bream are shut down. Catfishing is also very slow, but an occasional catfish can be caught on cut bait.

Peckerwood Lake - (Updated 10-23-2013) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is low and clear. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair to good on minnows. Catfishing is very good on chicken liver and worms.     

Lake Pickthorne - Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) had no report.

Lake Willastein - (Updated 10-30-2013) Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bass fishing is excellent on the north side of the lake in the grass flats using crazy pumpkin jigs and any kind of Texas-rigged worm or creature bait. Catfish are also responding well to minnows, worms and chicken livers. 

 

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