(updated 9-21-2016) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said water is clear and at a normal level, with fishing slow but steady. No surface temperature was available. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Crappie are around the cypress and rate good on minnows and jigs. Bass fishing has been good, particularly on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is good using worms, blood bait and shad.
Little Red River (Greers Ferry Tailwater)
(updated 9-21-2016) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ‘em All Guide Service said the Greers Ferry Lake level is down and close to seasonal pool, so the Little Red is back to receiving several hours of daily generation on weekdays, providing excellent wade and drift fishing opportunities on all sections of the river. For fly fishing, Myers recommends streamers, sowbugs, midges and Woolly Buggers. For Trout Magnet fishing, he recommends cotton candy and red-colored bodies on chartreuse jigheads. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Corps of Engineers Little Rock District water data system (501-362-5150) for Greers Ferry Dam water release information.
(updated 9-21-2016) Greg Seaton with Little Red Fly Fishing Trips (501-690-9166) said that around the river you may hear talk about the "good ol’ days" have returned. Fishing has been great the last few days after the generation returned to the afternoon variety. The river is clear to slightly stained on the lower section and they have returned to the five hours or less generation in the afternoon with the lake level at 462.13. Fly fishing has been good all day with midge pupas, pheasant tail nymphs and fox squirrel nymphs being Greg’s main flies. When the fish are rising, mayfly emergers are a good bet.
(updated 9-21-2016) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ‘em All Guide Service said the Greers Ferry Lake level is down and close to seasonal pool, so the Little Red is back to receiving several hours of daily generation on weekdays, providing excellent wade and drift fishing opportunities on all sections of the river. For fly fishing, Myers recommends streamers, sowbugs, midges and Woolly Buggers. For Trout Magnet fishing, he recommends cotton candy and red-colored bodies on chartreuse jigheads.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 462.04 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.
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 9-21-2016) Johnny "Catfish" Banks at Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said water level is holding at 21 feet. The clarity is dark, but good. Surface temperature is 82-84 degrees. Bream are 15-20 feet off the bank in 3-4 feet of water and are biting crickets and worms. Bass are good around the brush and in shallow water. They are biting crankbaits, buzzbaits and plastic worms. Crappie are slow, but anglers are still catching 10 to 15 at a time, all around 12-14 inches, in 6 feet depth. Catfish are slow, but still catching channels on Magic Bait shad flavor dough.
(updated 9-21-2016) Fosters Four Seasons (501-868-9061) said water is at normal level and clear. Anglers are still fishing for bass in the early part of the day or late at night and are getting good results using spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater lures. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Crappie reports have been good on minnows and jigs. Catfishing is good using chicken liver. Fosters has all anglers’ needs in the way of bait and food, and also sells non-ethanol gas.
(updated 9-21-2016) Jolly Roger’s Marina reported the results of its Tuesday Black Bass Tournament "Fish Off," held last Saturday, and Lee Brazzara and Wes Lowder hauled in 14.08 pounds to take first place. They also landed the Big Bass, a 4.02-pounder. The top five places eash caught more than 11 pounds of bass on Saturday, with Mett Hedrick and Brandon Crain second at 13.14 pounds and Kyle Wise and Keaton Blaylock at 12.54 pounds, just edging the fourth-place team of Crighton Sawyer and Keegan Belk (12.46 pounds).
(updated 9-21-2016) Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said catfish have been biting fair on chicken livers, minnows and nightcrawlers. Bream fishing has been fair with crickets and redworms. Bass are biting minnows and some plastics early in the morning. Crappie fishing has been slow with reports of only a few small ones biting pink minnows.
Saline River Access in Benton
(updated 9-21-2016) Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said the river is a little low and slow but the fish are still biting fair. Bass are biting minnows and small plastic lizards. Bream are biting worms and crickets. Catfish are biting minnows, goldfish, black salties and chicken livers. Crappie have been slow but some have been caught on size 6 minnows recently. With the water still warm and low, it’s pretty easy to get a gar to bite a minnow.
(updated 9-21-2016) Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said bream are biting good on crickets and redworms around deep structure. Catfish have been biting at night on minnows, black salties and goldfish. Bass fishing has been good with plastic worms and lizards, small buzzbaits and topwater at night. No recent reports of crappie being caught.
(updated 9-21-2016) Lisa’s Bait Shop (501-778-6944) said crappie bit well for one customer this week. He caught a good stringer on size 6 minnows. Bass have been hitting minnows, plastic worms and lizards and some topwater baits early in the mornings. Catfish have been biting fair on chicken livers, minnows and nightcrawlers. Bream are slowing down but are still biting fair on crickets and redworms.
Arkansas RIver (Morrilton)
(updated 9-21-2016) Charlie’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said white bass are strong. There is plenty of shad for them to eat, and you’ll find them in the corners of the winged jetties. One boat caught and released 60 or more. Fish using a deep diving crankbait in white. When the shad re pushed up, use a clear Zara Puppy. Black bass are good around the wood; use a FireTiger spinnerbait. Catfish are in deep water and the bite is good; use buffalo chunks for bait.
Little Maumelle River
(updated 9-21-2016) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said water is clear and at a normal level. Bream fishing has been good on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting with good reports coming in; use minnows and jigs. Bass are still favoring early morning or late in the day, but the bite is good then on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater lures. Catfishing is good on worms and chicken liver.
Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)
(updated 9-21-2016) Vince Miller at Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water has been stained the past few days and the level has been up and down. Reports on bream were good with nightcrawlers as bait. Crappie reports, however, were poor. Bass are good with deep-diving crankbaits, jigs and frogs along the jetties and in the backwater. Catfish are biting well on redworms and stink bait. Catfishing has been good using stink bait.
(updated 9-21-2016) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said water is clear and normal back in Clear Lake. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie reports were fair as well, with minnows and jigs. Bass are good; try spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms. Catfishing reports were poor. In the Terry Lock and Dam area of the pool, catfish were fair on worms. Bass were working around the jetties well on spinnerbaits and 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.
(updated 9-14-2016) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said catfishing near the Terry Lock and Dam is fair. Fishermen are snagging and using skipjack and shad. There were no other reports from that end of the pool.
(updated 9-21-2016) Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900), now run by new owners Larry and Shirley Walters, said fishing is goo on the lake and they welcome visitors to check them out. Conditions are clear and the water level is normal, with a surface temperature of 84 degrees. Crappie are biting in about 10 feet of water around brush piles. Reports are good, and baits having most success are minnows, jigs and Road Runners. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Bass are in about 10 feet of water around the creeks and near the shore; use spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater lures. Catfish is good on chicken liver. White bass also came in with good reports.