Fish­ing this week

HOT SPOTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OUTDOORS/COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

LIT­TLE MAUMELLE RIVER The wa­ter is clear and at nor­mal level. Bass are the big story on the Lit­tle Maumelle right now. Early and late in the day, large­mouth bass are bit­ing very well on spin­ner­baits, top­wa­ter lures, soft plas­tics and shal­low-run­ning crankbaits. Things slow down a bit once the sun is up, so get out there early or wait for the evening bite.

LAKE NORFORK This sum­mer’s striper fish­ing has been the best in years. Most guides are pro­duc­ing lim­its on each trip. Stripers are feed­ing from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. Stop fish­ing af­ter you catch your limit be­cause stripers won’t sur­vive af­ter the fight dur­ing th­ese hot days and low-oxy­gen con­di­tions. Use a three-quar­ter ounce weight with a short leader to put the bait on the bot­tom, then bring it up about a foot as you move around. Stripers are still con­cen­trated at Dam Cove, Koso, Thumb, Point 1 and the Hud­son Area.

BEAVER LAKE Sur­face fish­ing for white bass has been ex­cel­lent near Horse­shoe Bend, and walleyes are feed­ing be­low the white bass. Walleyes can be caught from 20- to 30-feet deep on three-way rigs with Ra­palas in nat­u­ral col­ors for clear wa­ter or chartreuse/or­ange and clown col­ors in ar­eas of stained wa­ter. Also try Ra­pala Tail Dancers, Ba­gley Rum­ble B’s, Flicker Shad, and Ban­dit 300 Se­ries in col­ors that in­clude or­ange and chartreuse. Also try slow death rigs and spin­ner rigs on bot­tom bounc­ers in or­ange/chartreuse. Bink Pro Scale 1-ounce jig­ging spoons in white or white/chartreuse com­bi­na­tion and a va­ri­ety of jigs are also pro­duc­ing walleyes.

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