NWA Fish­ing Re­port

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COMICS | SUDOKU | CROSSWORD | PUZZLE - — Com­piled by Flip Putthoff

BEAVER LAKE Crap­pie are bit­ing well on the south end of the lake.

Mike White­house at Hick­ory Creek Ma­rina said crap­pie are bit­ing min­nows 15 to 20 feet deep worked around brush. Jigs will work, but min­nows pro­duce best.

Trolling for crap­pie is good with crank baits. Ban­dit 300 Se­ries crank baits are pop­u­lar with an­glers. Baits with pink, or­ange or char­treuse in the color pat­tern are good, he said.

Wall­eye are bit­ing nightcrawler rigs in the Horse­shoe Bend area.

James Whit­tle at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said stripers are bit­ing well from Point 5 to the dam on shad or brood min­nows. Black bass are bit­ing top-wa­ter lures early then plas­tic worms or deep div­ing crank baits later in the day. Best bass fish­ing is on the south end of the lake.

Cat­fish are bit­ing fair on all cat­fish baits.

BEAVER TAILWATER Tom Steinke at Beaver Dam Store said more an­glers are fly fish­ing now that the wa­ter level is drop­ping.

The top flies are midges and hare’s ears. The best bait is Power Bait and nightcrawlers.


Al Perea at the lake of­fice said all fish­ing is slow. A few black bass have been caught with plas­tic worms. Try crick­ets or worms for bluegill.


Mike McBride at the lake bait shop re­ports slow fish­ing for all species.

Try top-wa­ter lures or plas­tic worms for black bass at first light. A few flat­head cat­fish, in­clud­ing a 38-pounder, have been caught with gold­fish or sun­fish for bait. Try crick­ets or worms for bluegill.

SWEPCO LAKE Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said night fish­ing is best for black bass. Use 10-inch plas­tic worms in dark col­ors.

ILLI­NOIS RIVER Stroud sug­gests us­ing tube baits or grubs for black bass. Try top-wa­ter lures early.


Nick Gann said night fish­ing is best for black bass on all Bella Vista Lakes. Use deep-div­ing crank baits such as a Bill Nor­man DD-22 or 10-inch plas­tic worms. Lo­cate brush piles for the best fish­ing.

Swim baits are work­ing for black bass early. Try crick­ets or worms for bluegill 15 feet deep.

EAST­ERN OK­LA­HOMA Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said black bass are bit­ing at night at Lake Eucha on deep div­ing crank baits and 10-inch plas­tic worms.


The Mis­souri Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion re­ports good bluegill fish­ing with worms or crick­ets. Black bass are bit­ing fair early on plas­tic worms fished along gravel points.

Cat­fish are bit­ing well on all cat­fish baits.

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