(updated 9-14-2016) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the lake is stained and is at a normal level. Surface temperature is 82 degrees. Bream are located about 10 feet off the shore in about one-half feet of water and the reports have been good. Use worms or crickets. Crappie are suspended about 6 feet in depth and around the cypress. The bite has been fair. Use minnows or jigs. Bass seem to be about 3-4 feet under the surface and around the lily pads. Try using plastic worms or topwater frogs. The bass reports have been fair. Catfishing, though, is excellent with best reports coming from using trotline and limb lines. Minnows, small bream and goldfish and drawing them.
Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)
(updated 9-14-2016) Greg Seaton with Little Red Fly Fishing Trips (501-690-9166) said the bad news is this week the generation has been two units for about 20 hours per day. The good news is the lake level is now 462.7 and falling at about 0.3 feet daily. Hopefully they will cut the generation back on Thursday or Friday to the five hours in the afternoon. The normal level for the lake is 462.04 as of Oct. 1. Now that the lake is within a foot of the normal level the generation should be reduced.
(updated 9-14-2016) James Dillard at Tailwater Fishing Co. said the fishing on the Little Red has been great. The Corps has been releasing two units of water each day for 18 hours. The key to success has been to follow the lower water and make sure you are down deep enough. Hot flies have been pink San Juan worms and egg patterns. Trout Magnets have been producing good numbers of fish as well.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.55 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 461.44 msl).
(updated 9-14-2016) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said he hybrid and white bass fishing is good all over the lake, as some are schooling and some are sitting on structure feeding off and on throughout the day on various baits including, but not limited to, topwater baits, in-line spinners, spoons and swimbaits. Find the bait and the fish will be close by. The bass fishing is going pretty good shallow and out deeper; try spinnerbaits on windblown areas, topwater baits for schoolers, and the deeper fish can be caught with a C-rig and drop shot. The catfish are feeding day and night all over the lake on just about any bait of your choosing and will continue to be good for a while. The walleye are eating at various times, especially under cloud cover, on flats in 12-28 feet of water, and some are following hybrids around eating what they spit up.
Harris Brake Lake
(updated 9-7-2016) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said catfishing was slower this week but there were still reports of fair numbers of catches and nice size catfish. The water at the resort is clear. Bream are biting well on crickets. Crappie fishing is good on minnows and jigs. Good reports of bass on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater lures.
(updated 9-14-2016) Johnny "Catfish" Banks at Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said water level is almost normal around 21 feet. Clarity is good. Temperature is around 89 degrees on the surface. Bass are doing great on worms and crankbaits on the bank and around brush. Bream are doing well on crickets, shallow and 3-4 feet of water. Crappie are improving, but are still slow. What crappie are being caught are biting minnows and jigs. Catfish are doing fair with bream and dough bait. They had a 32- and 28-pound flathead on Sunday morning with 3-4-pound channel cats. The shop is off state Highway 9.
(updated 9-14-2016) Fosters Four Seasons (501-868-9061) said the lake is clear and level is normal. No surface temperature was available. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie action is good with minnows and jigs. Bass bite is good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is good, with worms, blood bait and chicken livers working best. White bass reports were fair. Fosters has all anglers’ needs in the way of bait and food, and also sells non-ethanol gas.
(updated 9-7-2016) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) reported that crappie fishing is fair. Crappie are around the main lake points and are found in 10-20 feet of water. Jigs of all colors are working, as well as minnows. Bass fishing was reported fair. Bass are mostly deep and are biting spoons, 3 ½ jigs and deep-diving crankbaits. Catfishing is fair on trotlines baited with shad, goldfish or minnows. No reports on bream or white bass.
(updated 9-14-2016) Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said catfish have been biting fair on minnows, nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Bream fishing is fair with crickets and redworms. Bass have been biting slow to fair on minnows and small plastic worms and lizards. Crappie have been biting slow on pink minnows.
Saline River Access in Benton
(updated 9-14-2016) Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said bass were biting pretty good this weekend on minnows and small plastics. Catfish were biting minnows, goldfish and nightcrawlers. Bream are almost always biting crickets and redworms on the river. Crappie fishing has been slow with reports of only a few biting size 6 minnows. The gar are still plentiful and quick to bite minnows when cast within a few feet of them. They’re a good challenge and a lot of fun to catch. If you just want some fun fishing, Lisa suggests you give it a try. Wherever you go and whatever you’re fishing for, be safe and it’ll be a good trip.the river should be great for this weekend. Bass will bite large minnows, four-inch lizards in almost any color, small crankbaits or small spinnerbaits. Catfish have been biting minnows, nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Crappie are starting back up in some deep holes and back waters.
(updated 9-14-2016) Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said bream are biting crickets and redworms. Bass have been hitting minnows, plastic worms and lizards and small buzzbaits at night. Catfish are biting well on trotlines and juglines baited with minnows, goldfish and black salties. No reports of crappie being caught.
(updated 9-14-2016) Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said crappie are slowing a little but customers are still catching some nice one on size 6 and size 12 minnows. Bass have been caught on the minnows as well while crappie fishing. Catfish have been biting well at dark on nightcrawlers, minnows and chicken livers. Bream fishing has been good with crickets and redworms.
Arkansas RIver (Morrilton)
(updated 9-14-2016) Charlie’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said bream are good and are around the grass when water is up; use crickets. Bass seem to like white small crankbaits and the bite is good around timber. Also try a live redworm with twist tail and swim it around the grass for reaction. Catfishing is good on shad and worm combi fish tips around the jetties. White bass are active early in the morning and late in the day around schooling shad. It’s best to use a crankbait in white or pearl colors for good results. Late in the evening, shad are schooling in the mid-channel, and the Kentucky bass and white bass are all over them. Use a shallow-diving crankbait to get good results. Drum are going crazy these days around the jetties; use a crawfish crankbait or a jig.
Arkansas River (Cadron Pool)
(updated 8-31-2016) Professional angler and guide Cody Kelley reported bass fishing at the Cadron Pool has been a little better the last two weeks. With flows around the 20,000 cfs the fish will keep feeding pretty much all day long. Just remember to work the main river areas with moving water. The fresh water will typically be cooler and more oxygenated than the hot backwaters.
Little Maumelle River
(updated 9-14-2016) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said water is clear and surface temperature was 80 degrees. The level and current are normal, and fishing is running fair to good. Bream fishing is good on worms and crickets. Crappie bite is good on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting fair early in the day on spinnerbaits and topwater lures. Catfishing is fair using blood bait and cut bait. White bass are good and preferring Rooster Tails.
Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)
(updated 9-14-2016) Vince Miller at Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) reported the water was stained and the level was low. Bass are good and around the jetties are attracted to white spinnerbaits and crankbaits, as well as green pumpkin finesse worms. Catfishing has been good using stink bait.
(updated 9-14-2016) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said water is clear in the pool and reports have been good. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie action is good on minnows or jigs. Bass are on the bite in Clear Lake when you present spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms and lizards. Catfish reports, however, were poor in the Clear Lake area as well as near Terry Lock and Dam. Crappie are in the backwaters near the dam and are fair; use minnows or jigs there. Bream are biting well near the dam, and bass action should be good near the dam end of the pool if you use spinnerbaits or crankbaits.
(updated 9-14-2016) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) reported water temperature is down to 83 degrees and the river is at normal level. Bream are active and the fishing is good using worms or crickets. Crappie reports have been good using minnows or jigs. Early, good action has been reported on bass, with spinnerbaits and crankbaits working best. Catfishing is fair; try cut bait. No white bass reports.
(updated 9-14-2016) Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is clear and at a normal level. All species of fish have been good the past week. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are working minnows and jigs. Come early for the bass bite, when it is best using topwater (especially Zara Spooks). Catfishing is good on worms and blood bait.
(updated 9-7-2016) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) reported that catfishing is good on the levee. Try chicken livers, chicken hearts and night crawlers.
(updated 9-7-2016) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) reported fair catfishing at the lake. Nightcrawlers, hot dogs and stink bait are working best. Remember to sign up for the Seniors fishing event at Lake Valencia scheduled for Sept. 9.
Bishop Park Ponds
(updated 9-14-2016) Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said bream have been biting crickets and worms. Catfish are biting bait shrimp, chicken livers and nightcrawlers. Bass have been hitting fair on minnows and some plastic worms. Some crappie have been biting size 6 and pink minnows.
Arkansas River (Maumelle Pool)
(updated 9-14-2016) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said fishing has been about the same the past few weeks. Bass fishing is fair using spinnerbaits, topwater lures and plastic worms. Catfishing is fair, with shad and chicken livers getting the best bite. No other reports.
(updated 9-7-2016) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) reported that bream was fair in the Maumelle River. Bream were in 6-12 feet depth and biting worms and crickets. Bass were fair and hitting crankbaits as well as flipping jigs and black buzzbaits. Catfishing was fair, with shad and chicken hearts the best baits. There were no crappie reports.
(updated 9-7-2016) Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900), now run by Larry and Shirley Walters, said the water level this week was low but was clear. Surface water temperature was 84 degrees. Bream fishing reports were poor. Crappie are good and are suspended deep. Minnows and jigs are working to bring in crappie. Bass are staying in deep water and are favoring 10-inch worms. Catfishing is fair, with the best baits being bloodbait, chicken livers and cut up shad.