NWA Fish­ing Re­port

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NWA OUTDOORS -


Black bass can be caught shal­low and deep.

John Newlun at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said black bass can be caught in shal­low wa­ter around flooded bushes with top-wa­ter lures or spin­ner baits, mainly in stained wa­ter.

Fish clear wa­ter with plas­tic worms eight to 20 feet deep. Clear wa­ter is mainly from Rocky Branch park to the dam. Points are good ar­eas to fish.

Night fish­ing for crap­pie is pick­ing up un­der the Arkansas 12 bridge and along bluffs. Fish­ing at night for striped bass has im­proved in the ar­eas of Point 5 and Point 6. Cat­fish are bit­ing a va­ri­ety of baits on limb lines, trot­lines or rod and reel.

Jeff Row­den at Hick­ory Creek Marina said black bass can be caught shal­low in the morn­ing with top-wa­ter lures. Try deep-div­ing crank baits such as a Nor­man DD-22 crank bait later in the day.

Trolling for crap­pie has im­proved. Ban­dit 300 series crank baits are a fa­vorite for trolling, Row­den said. Crap­pie may also bite min­nows.


Tom Steinke at Beaver Dam Store said the wa­ter level is fall­ing slowly, which has opened up more op­por­tu­nity to fish from shore. Fish­ing from a boat is still best.

Try Power Bait tipped with a wax­worm. Or, troll Flicker Shad or Shad Rap crank baits for trout. Few an­glers are fly fish­ing.


David Pow­ell at the lake of­fice said bluegill fish­ing is good with crick­ets three feet deep. Early morn­ing fish­ing is best.

Black bass are bit­ing plas­tic worms rigged shaky-head or wacky style. Cat­fish bite well one day, slower the next. Try liver, stink bait or nightcrawlers.


Mike McBride at the lake bait shop said crap­pie are bit­ing min­nows or jigs five feet deep. Black bass are bit­ing spin­ner baits or buzz baits.

Try crick­ets or worms for bluegill. Liver or shad are the top cat­fish baits.


Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said black bass are bit­ing top-wa­ter lures early and late. Try fish­ing day or night with plas­tic worms.


Stroud rec­om­mends us­ing square-bill crank baits or plas­tic worms for black bass.


Stroud rec­om­mends work­ing any type of soft plas­tic lure for black bass. Rooster tails may also work.


Nick Gann at Hook, Line and Sinker in Bella Vista said bluegill and re­dear are bit­ing at all Bella Vista lakes six to 10 feet deep on worms or crick­ets.

Use top-wa­ter lures for black bass early. Work plas­tic worms around brush and docks dur­ing the day or at night. Night fish­ing for bass is also good with deep-div­ing crank baits or black spin­ner baits.


The Ok­la­homa De­part­ment of Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion re­ports fair fish­ing for crap­pie at Lake Eucha with jigs or min­nows on the main lake. Cat­fish are bit­ing fair on liver, shad and cut bait.

At Grand Lake, crap­pie fish­ing is good with jigs or min­nows around brush, rocks and docks. Cat­fish are bit­ing well on shrimp or shad.


The Mis­souri De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion re­ports good bluegill fish­ing in the backs of coves with worms. Black bass are bit­ing on Ned rigs or crank baits in deep wa­ter.

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