Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir
Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is stained and at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets in Pierce and Caney creeks. Crappie are biting well on yo-yos baited with minnows. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits. Catfishing is good on yo-yos baited with minnows.
Dan at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said crappie are biting well on jigs or minnows from 1 to 8 feet deep. Bream are fair on redworms. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and minnows. No report on bass.
Little Red River
Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) ) said the water is clear and two generators are running sporadically. Rainbow trout are biting well on wax worms, Power Eggs, nightcrawlers and redworms. During running water, Countdown Rapalas, Shad Raps and Rattling Rouges are working well.
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 461.64 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool - 461 MSL).
Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is above normal pool and rising. White bass and hybrids have slowed because of the cold, but is already picking back up. Try the Arkansas Claw, in-line spinners, spoons and hair jigs. No report on catfish. Walleye have slowed also; try fishing under docks and bridge pilings, using jigs with minnows for suspended fish, and trolling crankbaits up the rivers. No report on bream. Crappie have slowed; try Slab Hunter jigs with minnows in 15-25 feet of water over brush piles and in pole timber. Bass fishing has slowed from the snow runoff, but should pick up soon. The Arkansas Claw, Wiggle Warts, jerk baits, spinnerbaits and small crankbaits should be the main lures to try.
Cody S. Smith of www.fishgreersferry.com said the water is falling with daily releases. Surface temperatures dropped from the low 50s to the high 40s. Quality largemouths are being taken on Alabama-rigged paddletail swimbaits. The fish are scattered around pre-spawn locations. Cover a lot of water to catch these larger staging fish, while most of the smaller largemouths are still schooled tightly in their winter pattern. White bass are beginning to feed well on the main lake with a few showing up in the rivers. Vertically jigging a spoon around suspended fish has been the best way to catch white bass. It’s still a little early for a good walleye bite, but longer days and the full moon should spur some better action.
Harris Brake Lake
Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is high. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows and jigs fished in deep water. Bass are fair. Catfishing is good on trotlines baited with shad.
Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie is biting well on the east and south side of the lake before sunup on minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad in white /salt and pepper and red/chartreuse shad tipped with a Power Bait crappie nibble. Catfish are biting well on minnows and worms in shallow water and deep boat runs. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and Rooster Tails. Bream are slow.
Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said crappie are fair around boat docks on white/chartreuse, pink/white/chartreuse or pearl Crappie Stinger jigs. Catfish are biting well on noodles or trotlines baited with cut shad or skipjack. Bream are fair on redworms. Bass are slow.
Whiskers Sporting Goods (501-889-2011) said crappie biting well before sunup and at sundown around docks and brush piles near the dam. Minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad in white/salt and pepper and red/chartreuse shad are working well.
Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said crappie have been hitting white/chartreuse jigs over brush piles and old bridges. Bream are fair on redworms. Catfish are biting well on trotlines and noodles baited with large minnows and shad. Bass are slow.
Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water level is 5 inches above the spillway. The water temperature is around 49 degrees on the lake and 53 in the coves. Largemouth bass are still sitting in 15 feet of water and are biting fairly well on jigs and grubs. The largemouths should be moving to shallow water as the temperature increases. Spotted bass are biting well on Rooster Tails and grubs fished on a jig head in 20 feet of water. White bass are biting well in the main channel from Jim’s Island west. Find and follow the gulls and loons and try Rooster Tails, shad lures and spoons. Crappie are biting well on small jigs and grubs and on small pink minnows in 20 to 25 feet of water.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are biting well in deep water on Tennessee shad-colored Kalin’s grubs and on firecracker-colored tube jigs. All other species are slow.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said trout are still biting fairly well on Power Bait and small Mepps spinners.
Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is clear and at normal levels. Bream are slow. Crappie are fair on lemon meringue-colored, 2-inch Kalin’s grubs. Bass are fair on watermelon-colored grubs and crawdad-colored crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet of water.
Saline River Access in Benton
Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is muddy and high. Bream are slow. Bass are fair on orange crawdad-colored Bomber crankbaits and 3/16-oz. black/blue jigs in deep holes. Catfishing is slow. Walleye are fair on live minnows in deep holes.
Arkansas River at Morrilton
Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Opello had no report.
Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are biting well on yo-yos baited with minnows and on red/chartreuse or black/chartreuse tube jigs in the Little Maumelle River. Crappie are also biting on 2-inch Kalin’s grubs in popsicle and electric chicken colors.
Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)
Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the river is still muddy and high. Boating on the main channel is not recommended.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said crappie are biting well in Burns Park and below Murray Lock and Dam on pink minnows fished under a slip-cork rig and on red/chartreuse and white/chartreuse tube jigs. Catfishing is good on skipjack and cut shad behind any current breaks.
McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water below Terry Lock and Dam is high and stained. Bream are slow. Crappie are slow. Bass are biting well on black jigs in the backwater areas. Catfishing is slow.
McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is muddy and high. Bream are slow. Crappie are biting fairly well in 10 feet of water on red/white jigs. Bass and catfish are slow.
Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is stained and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Catfishing is good on minnows and live bait.
Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said the water is low. Crappie are fair on pink minnows fished under a slip-cork. Bass are slow. Catfishing is good on trotlines baited with goldfish and live green sunfish.