HOT SPOTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OUTDOORS/WIMBLEDON -

GREERS FERRY LAKE All black bass species are bit­ing day and night on Texas and Carolina rigs, foot­ball head jigs, spoons, hair jigs and crankbaits in depths to 45 feet. Bass are be­ing caught shal­low with small crankbaits, spin­ner­baits, jig­head worms and small jigs. The deeper bot­tom fish are out to 45 feet. Crap­pie are bit­ing through­out the day on min­nows and jigs fished 15-40 feet ver­ti­cal, as most are sus­pended in pole tim­ber and in, over and around brush piles. Some of the schools are out in the mid­dle of nowhere in guts of pock­ets just roam­ing. All cat­fish species are bit­ing all over the lake with dif­fer­ent baits and tech­niques.

ARKANSAS RIVER (LIT­TLE ROCK) Bream are bit­ing crick­ets in depths of 4-5 feet. Bass are hit­ting spin­ner­baits or top­wa­ter lures early and late. Cat­fish are good be­low Mur­ray Lock & Dam on cut bait. At the south end at David Terry Dam, the wa­ter re­mains stained and with level rang­ing high to nor­mal. Bream re­ports mir­rored the rest of the pool, with fish in about 4-5 feet of wa­ter and bit­ing worms as well as crick­ets. Crap­pie can be found off the jet­ties and the bite is good. Try pink min­nows for best re­sults, though jigs and reg­u­lar min­nows are work­ing. Bass are good early and late here, with spin­ner­baits and top­wa­ters the best call. For cat­fish, good re­sults can be had by us­ing shad or cut bait.

ARKANSAS RIVER (MORRILTON) Fish­ing is re­ally good for bass, cat­fish, bream and white bass. Cat­fish are bit­ing catalpa worms on the jetty tips and on the backs of jet­ties in depths of 10-15 feet. Bream are bit­ing crick­ets on the grass, riprap and jet­ties about 3-10 feet deep. Bass are bit­ing Fat Rap crankbaits over the tops of sunken jet­ties. Pull down un­til rock is hit, ease off and let the lure work it­self up. Then crank back and hit the tops. White bass are chas­ing shad schools. When the whites and shad are on top, throw shad or pearl Rat-L Traps. When they go down, use a deep to mid-billed crankbait in shad col­ors. A few stripers are be­ing caught be­low the dams on wob­ble spoons.

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