NWA Fish­ing Re­port

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

BEAVER LAKE Crap­pie bit­ing on the south end of the lake. Mike White­house at Hick­ory Creek Ma­rina said crap­pie are bit­ing min­nows 20 feet deep around brush piles and sub­merged tim­ber. An­glers are hav­ing to weed through sev­eral sub­le­gal crap­pie to get a limit of 15 keep­ers. Crap­pie must be at least 10 inches long to keep at Beaver Lake.

Trolling with crank baits is an­other way to catch crap­pie. Ban­dit 300 crank baits are the fa­vorite lure, White­house said. A lure with pink or black in the color pat­tern is good, he added.

Wall­eye are bit­ing nightcrawler rigs. James Whit­tle at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said striped bass are bit­ing in the Point 5 area. Try top-wa­ter lures at first light or brood min­nows 20 feet deep later in the day.

Black bass are bit­ing top-wa­ter lures early and plas­tic worms or spin­ner baits later in the day.

BEAVER TAIL­WA­TER Lisa Mullins at Beaver Dam Store said trout fish­ing is good. The best bait is Power Bait tipped with a wax­worm. White or yel­low Power Bait is best.

Midges are the best flies. The

top lures are small jigs, count­down Ra­palas and small spoons.

LAKE FAYETTEVILLE David Pow­ell at the lake of­fice said all fish­ing is best early in the morn­ing. Try crick­ets or worms for bluegill. Use liver or nightcrawlers for cat­fish. Plas­tic worms are work­ing for black bass.


Mike McBride at the lake bait shop said black bass are bit­ing early on buzz baits, top-wa­ter lures or plas­tic worms. Bluegill are bit­ing worms or crick­ets fished close to shore.

For cat­fish, use liver, shad, gold­fish or worms. No re­port on crap­pie.

SWEPCO LAKE Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said black bass fish­ing is best at night with big plas­tic worms, buzz baits or top-wa­ter frogs.

SILOAM SPRINGS LAKE Stroud rec­om­mends try­ing top-wa­ter lures early for black bass. ILLI­NOIS RIVER Stroud rec­om­mends us­ing Ned rigs, grubs or tube 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 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.

EAST­ERN OK­LA­HOMA Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs rec­om­mends us­ing deep-div­ing crank baits at Lake Eucha for black bass. Try top-wa­ter lures early or 10-inch plas­tic worms for night fish­ing.

The Ok­la­homa Depart­ment of Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion re­ports cat­fish at Grand Lake are bit­ing well on shad or shrimp on the main lake.


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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