NWA fish­ing re­port

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


Sum­mer­time fish­ing is here and the catch­ing can be tough. Many an­glers are head­ing out early or fish­ing at night.

James Whit­tle at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said black buzz baits and black spin­ner baits may bring bites from black bass at night. Work them around flooded bushes and tim­ber.

For early morn­ing bass fish­ing, try top-wa­ter lures from first light to sun­rise. Go with spin­ner baits, crank baits or plas­tic worms later in the day eight to 20 feet deep.

Striped bass are bit­ing at first light be­tween points 5 and 3. Use brood min­nows or shad.

Wall­eye can be caught by trolling nightcrawler rigs or crank baits. All meth­ods and baits are work­ing for cat­fish. Use small sun­fish to tar­get flat­heads. Go with liver, nightcrawlers or stink bait for chan­nel cat­fish.

Mike White­house at Hick­ory Creek Ma­rina said trolling for crap­pie with crank baits is good on the south end of the lake. Ban­dit 300 crank baits are the lure of choice for trolling. An­glers have cleaned some lim­its of 15 crap­pie at the ma­rina. Crap­pie at Beaver Lake must be 10 inches or longer to keep.

Crap­pie fish­ing with a spi­der rig baited with min­nows is an­other op­tion. Fish 20 feet deep.

Cat­fish are bit­ing well on sun­fish or hot dogs, White­house said.


Tom Steinke at Beaver Dam Store said fish­ing with bait is the best way to catch trout. Power Bait in bright col­ors is work­ing well. The tailwater level is still high and shore fish­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties are lim­ited. It’s best to fish from a boat.


David Pow­ell at the lake of­fice said bluegill fish­ing is good early four to six feet deep. Crick­ets are work­ing best, but worms will work, too.

Cat­fish are bit­ing along the dam on nightcrawlers or glow worms. Try plas­tic worms rigged wacky style for black bass. Crank baits may also work.


Mike McBride at the lake of­fice said black bass are bit­ing well early on buzz baits and plas­tic worms. A few crap­pie have been caught eight feet deep with min­nows or jigs.

Bluegill are bit­ing on worms or crick­ets fished close to shore. Cat­fish are bit­ing liver or shad.


Kenny Stroud in Bella Vista said black bass fish­ing is best at night with big plas­tic worms two to 20 feet deep. Use dark col­ors.


Stroud rec­om­mends us­ing top-wa­ter lures early. Try for bluegill with worms or crick­ets.


Stroud rec­om­mends us­ing small tube baits, grubs or buzz baits for black bass.


Nick Gann at Hook, Line and Sinker in Bella Vista said bluegill are bit­ing on all Bella Vista lakes 10 to 12 feet deep with crick­ets or worms.

Some school­ing ac­tiv­ity for black bass is hap­pen­ing on the city’s lakes early and late. Use small jigs or top-wa­ter lures to catch them. Try night fish­ing for black bass with big plas­tic worms or black spin­ner baits one to 15 feet deep.


Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said black bass at Lake Eucha are bit­ing top-wa­ter lures early. Use plas­tic worms for day or night fish­ing.


The Mis­souri De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion re­ports good bluegill fish­ing with worms or crick­ets. Black bass are bit­ing fair on plas­tic worms along gravel points. Try deep-div­ing crank baits or jig and pigs in the James River arm.

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