One of those topics of arguments among fishing folks is color. What color of lures work the best when and where?

Bass fishing comes to mind first, but the color of jigs for crappie work and even for bream is also the subject of much discussion.

For many years, the regular crappie fishermen on Lake Conway who used jigs talked of chartreuse jigs first, white jigs second – that is, if you could get them to talk. These are still good colors. Look in the tackle box of somebody going after crappie today, and chances are jigs in these two colors will be there. But other colors probably will be in that box too.

For most fishermen, the yardstick is bright colors for bright days, subdued colors for darker days. This is pretty much the opposite of what you would assume for visibility in the water. Night fishing for bass with plastic worms? Black worms are favorites for many anglers.

Shallow water on sunny days to some fishermen means starting out with yellow, orange or red lures. Cloudy days and deeper water means beginning with white, green, purple and blue lures.

Most fishermen will advise not sticking to any color for very long if it doesn’t produce action. A lure color change can be subtle. 

A bass fishing trip some years back had three of us working with plastic worms. We caught nothing on several colors, then one of us tried a purple plastic worm with a fire tail. Boom. Bass caught. A second bass was caught, then a third – and the worm fell to pieces. It was the only purple fire tail worm in the bunch.

It was lunch time, so we drove to a nearby town for sandwiches and stopped in a sporting goods store. The clerk laughed when we asked for purple fire tail worms. "Nobody around here uses those things," he said. But he had one dusty package on the back of a shelf.

We bought it, went back to the lake and caught several more bass.


Rick Bates at Bates Field and Stream said the water is clear and high. Bream are fair on micro jigs. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair on Reaction Innovations Trixy Sharks and Skinny Dippers. Catfishing is fairly slow.     


Billy Lindsey at Lindsey’s Resort   said the water is clear and the current is running high. Drift fishing from a boat is the best bet. Countdown Rapalas, Smithwick Rogues, Power Worms and Glow Worms are working well on rainbow trout.  


Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water is over flood pool and is still rising. The temperature ranges from lower to mid-60s. Most bass are in the flooded brush and can be caught on floating worms and top-water lures. Some bass are being taken on spinner baits, Rat-L-Traps and small crank baits in the shallows as well. A few deeper fish can be caught on football head jigs fished deep. Crappie are being caught in brush and in deep water on jigs and minnows. Walleye are in the bushes as well and can be caught with jig-head worms and crawlers. Some walleye are out deeper, under the white bass and hybrids and can be caught jigging a spoon off the bottom. Bream are slow, but a few have been caught on nightcrawlers. Hybrid bass and white bass are scattered and are hard to find. They should bunch back together with some sunny days.


Coffee Creek Landing  said few people are fishing because the lake is being drawn down and will remain so until Dec. 12. 


Overcup Landing said the water is high and muddy. Fishing is slow for all species because of flooding.  


Overcup Landing said the water is high and muddy. Fishing is slow for all species because of flooding.  


Roger Nesuda at Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water is 0.6 feet above the spillway and has flooded all the water willow. Largemouth bass are biting well in 15 feet of water on tubes, spinner baits and crank baits. Spotted bass are biting well on tubes and jigs fished 15 to 20 feet deep. White bass are fair and are schooling around the east end of the lake on CC spoons and Rogues. Crappie are being caught about 15 to 20 feet deep on minnows and 1/32-ounce jigs. Bream are biting well around rocky structure 10- to 20-feet deep, but the bite is dying for the year. Some saugeye are being caught 10 to 15 feet deep on trolled jigs and Rogues. Catfishing is good on minnows, worms and prepared bait in 8 to 15 feet of water.


Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop said the river in the Little Rock area is flowing too fast for fishing anywhere on the main channel. In the Little Maumelle River, crappie are biting well on yo-yos baited with shiners. Bass are biting well on spinner baits and topwater lures. Catfishing is good on chicken hearts and cut bait.   


John Berry at Berry Brothers Guide Service said generation has been light but steady around the clock with slightly higher flows in the afternoon. There has been precious little wadable water. Fishing in the catch and release section below Bull Shoals Dam has been excellent. With the low level flows; it has been difficult to navigate around the new habitat. The hot flies have been brightly colored San Juan worms (cerise, hot fluorescent pink and red) and egg patterns (orange and peach). White marabou jigs accounted for some good fish. This section will be closed Nov. 12-Jan 31 for the brown trout spawn. The section from the bottom of this closed area downstream to the wing wall at the state park is will be seasonal catch-and-release during the same time period. The stretch from Wildcat Shoals to Cotter has fished well. The moderate flows have been perfect for drift fishing. The hot flies have been San Juan worms and Y2Ks. There has also been a bit of grasshopper action, especially on windy days. Rim Shoals has been red hot for another week. The go-to flies have been Y2Ks and cerise San Juan worms. In the afternoon there have been some good baetis (small mayfly) hatches.


Steve Olomon of Steve’s Guide Service said that with recent rain, the lake level is 562.5. That’s up 2 1/2 feet from last week and just 2 feet from what the lake level was a year ago at this time. The water temperature is in the low to mid 60s. Bass are hitting spinner baits and crank baits and the deeper ones hitting jigs in 15 to 35 feet of water Work a jig through brush piles too. There are some fish still coming up early. Try a soft jerk bait and a swim bait and reel the swim bait at a steady pace for best results. Keep an eye on your depth finder and when you mark fish in deeper water drop a jigging spoon.