ARKANSAS: Crappie are Excellent on Pink Minnows and Crappie Stingers

Craig D. Campbell Lake Conway Reservoir

Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is slightly low and stained. Bream are biting fairly well on redworms and crickets. Crappie are excellent on pink minnows and Crappie Stingers in Gold and Caney creeks. Bass are biting well on chartreuse/white spinnerbaits. Catfishing is excellent on trotlines and yo-yos baited with minnows and small bream.

Little Red River

Lindsey’s Resort (501-302-3139) said the water is low and clear with very little generation. Trout are biting very well on wax worms and marshmallows or Power Bait when the water is down. When the water is higher and current increases, switch to jigs and Rapalas for a good rainbow and brown trout bite.

Greers Ferry

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 459.24 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 461 MSL).

Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the lake level is 2.69 feet below normal pool and falling. The water temperature is 70 degrees. White bass and hybrids have gone wild after the front moved through. Find shad and the hybrids will be close. They will bite pretty much all day long and are best on Zara Spooks, inline spinners, hair jigs and spoons. Black bass are slow, but should improve as water temperatures stabilize. Spinnerbaits, small crankbaits and topwater lures will work in the shallow water. Jigs, Carolina rigs and Texas-rigged worms will work on points and ledges. Crappie are still eating well most days in the tops of pole timber suspended in 15-25 feet of water over 60-80 feet of water. Blue catfish are eating best on jugs with live bait. The walleye bite is still off, but should pick up soon. Try minnows and crawlers dragged on flats and points in 15-40 feet of water. Bream are good on crickets and just about anything they can get their mouth over.

Harris Brake Lake

Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is clear and low. Crappie are biting well on jigs. Bass are fair on a variety of artificials. Catfishing is slow. A lot of shad are beginning to school at the surface, so be ready for some topwater action soon.

Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting well on minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad. Catfishing is good on minnows and blood bait. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits, Rooster Tails and Rapalas. Bream are biting well on crickets and worms.

Lake Overcup

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said bass are being caught over brush tops on black soft-plastic worms. Crappie are being caught in 8 to 10 feet of water using pumpkinseed/chartreuse and pink/white/chartreuse jigs. Bream are good on crickets and wax worms. Catfish are being caught on trotlines using live bream and skipjack.

Brewer Lake

Overcup Landing (501-354-9007) said crappie are being caught over brush tops on white Crappie Stingers. Bream are biting well on crickets and redworms. Catfish are biting well on noodles or jugs baited with live bream and night crawlers. Bass are fair.

Lake Maumelle

Jolly Roger’s Marina said the water level has dropped to 2.8 feet below the spillway, which is normal for this time of the year. The water temperature has also dropped 8 degrees in the last week. Largemouth bass are biting very well on Carolina rigs, jigs and Texas-rigged soft plastics around 20 feet deep. There has been some movement to the shallow water, so shallow crankbaits and topwater lures should start catching a few fish. Kentucky bass are biting very well on jigheads and grubs in secondary coves from 10 to 15 feet deep. White bass are biting well from the east end of Big Island to the restricted area. Trolling with jigs, Rooster Tails and Rogues about 20 feet deep is the way to find the fish. Once you locate a school, stop and use a CC spoon to catch a boat load. Crappie are excellent on the edges of channels in 20 to 25 feet of water. They are hitting small jigs and grubs and small minnows. Bream are excellent on crickets near channels in 5 to 20 feet of water. Catfishing is good on cut shad and prepared bait.

Hatchet Jack’s Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are biting well on redworms and crickets in 10 to 12 feet of water. Crappie are fair on white/chartreuse mini jigs and tight-lined minnows in 10 to 12 feet of water. Bass are biting well on topwater stick baits and shad-colored crankbaits. Catfishing is good on cut shad and brood minnows.

Sunset Lake

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are slow. Crappie are biting well on Kalins grubs fished in 5 feet of water. Bass are biting well on Rebel Crawdad crankbaits in 4 to 5 feet of water. Catfishing is fair.

Saline River Access in Benton

Turbyfill’s Outdoor Sports (501-315-3061) said the water is clear and a little low. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are slow. Bass are biting well on Rebel Crawdad crankbaits. Catfishing is slow.

Arkansas River at Morrilton

Charley’s Hidden Harbor in Oppelo said the water is clear and the dredging has stopped. Shad have moved into the sandbars. Large gar are in the shallows, following the shad. Catfish are biting well on whole shad drifted and fished near jetty tops in 5 to 25 feet of water. Bream are biting well on crickets and black Rooster Tails near grassy edges. Black bass are hanging near the sand bars with concentrated shad; square-billed shad-colored crankbaits are producing well. Stripers are below locks 9 and 10 and are biting fairly well on live shad or bream in the late evening. White bass are chasing shad early and late around the sandbars. Crappie are around overhangs in Point Remove Creek and Flagg Lake Cutoff.

Arkansas River (Little Rock Pool)

Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff said the water is low and clear. Bass are biting well on soft-plastics and spinnerbaits fished quickly over the top of jetties. A lot of fish are being caught, but very few are keepers. Catfishing is good on worms and cut bait.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows. Bass are fair on crankbaits and jigs. Catfishing is good on cut skipjack.

Clear Lake

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers.

Peckerwood Lake

Herman’s Landing (870-241-3731) said the water is clear and at normal level. Bream are slow. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are fair, but no report on the best lures. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and prepared baits.