NWA fish­ing re­port

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST/TELEVISION - — Com­piled by Flip Put­thoff

BEAVER LAKE

Night fish­ing for black bass has im­proved.

James Whit­tle at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said spin­ner baits and buzz baits in dark col­ors are work­ing well at night around flooded bushes and tim­ber. Early morn­ing bass fish­ing with top-wa­ter frogs and sur­face lures is also good. Use spin­ner baits, crank baits, plas­tic worms or Ned rigs later in the day, Whit­tle said.

Striped bass are bit­ing on the north end of the lake be­tween Points 5 and 3 on brood min­nows or shad.

Flat­head cat­fish are bit­ing small sunfish. Try liver for chan­nel cat­fish. All meth­ods of cat­fish­ing are work­ing, he said.

Wall­eye can be caught with nightcrawler rigs or by trolling crank baits.

Mike White­house at Hick­ory Creek Ma­rina said trolling for crap­pie is good on the south end of the lake. Troll crank baits in fire tiger col­ors. Crank baits with pink in the color scheme are good. Use a crank bait that dives 12 to 20 feet deep.

Black bass are bit­ing deep- div­ing crank baits such as the Bill Nor­man DD22. Jug fish­ing for cat­fish is good with small sunfish for baits. Flat­head cat­fish to 30 pounds have been caught re­cently.

BEAVER TAILWATER

High wa­ter is still the norm for trout fish­ing, re­ports Carl Caso at the Beaver Dam Store.

Power Bait is the top bait. The best lure is a gold and sil­ver Colorado spoon. Fly fish­ing is dif­fi­cult with the high wa­ter level.

LAKE FAYET­TEVILLE

Al Perea at the lake of­fice said bluegill are bit­ing fair on cricket or worms in shal­low wa­ter. Try plas­tic worms for black bass. Liver or nightcrawlers are the best cat­fish baits.

Crap­pie are bit­ing five to seven feet deep on jigs or min­nows around brush. The key is know­ing where un­der­wa­ter brush is lo­cated, Perea said.

LAKE SEQUOYAH

Mike McBride at the lake bait shop said fish­ing is good early for black bass with spin­ner baits and plas­tic worms. Cat­fish are bit­ing liver or shad.

Use crick­ets or worms for bluegill in shal­low wa­ter close to shore. No re­port on crap­pie.

SWEPCO LAKE

Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said black bass are bit­ing all types of soft plas­tic lures two to 20 feet deep. Try top-wa­ter lures early or late or on cloudy days.

ILLI­NOIS RIVER

Stroud rec­om­mends sev­eral lures to catch black bass. Try Rooster Tails, grubs, tubes or Bee­tle Spins.

SILOAM SPRINGS LAKE

Stroud rec­om­mends us­ing square-bill crank baits to catch black bass. Try bass fish­ing with plas­tic worms on a drop-shot rig or shaky-head jig.

BELLA VISTA

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

EASTERN OK­LA­HOMA

Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said black bass at Lake Eucha can be caught with deep-div­ing crank baits.

The Ok­la­homa De­part­ment of Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion re­ports good crap­pie fish­ing with jigs or min­nows around docks and brush. Cat­fish are bit­ing well on shrimp or shad.

TA­BLE ROCK LAKE

The Mis­souri De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion re­ports good bluegill fish­ing with worms. Black bass are bit­ing Ned rigs 15 to 20 feet deep along main lake points. In the James River arm, try deep div­ing crank baits or jig and pigs for bass 18 to 20 feet deep along rocky bluffs.

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