North East Arkansas – Weekly Arkansas Game and Fish Report

(Updated 12-18-2013) Lake Poinsett State Park said very few anglers are heading out. There haven’t been any reports of catching and no live bait has been sold at Lake Poinsett all week.

(Updated 11-13-2013) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said crappie are being caught in 30 to 40 feet of water, but are suspending 15 feet deep; minnows and jigs are working well for the crappie as you drift through any schools you see on your depth finder. Bass are biting fairly well on jigs crawled along the bottom in 10 to 15 feet of water. No report on bream or catfish.

(Updated 11-13-2013) Lake Frierson State Park said the lake is about a foot low. Water temperatures continue to drop with cooler evenings and fish are feeding up for the winter. Shad are still schooling in the evenings and larger fish are still feeding on them. Crankbaits seem to be doing better than topwaters for the bass around the schools. As temperatures continue to drop, anglers may have some luck with jerk baits for bass and have a good chance of hooking a saugeye as they become more active in the cooler water. Catfishing has been fair to good, with channels and blues biting livers and dip bait, while flatheads are fair on live baits.  No reports on crappie or bream.

(Updated 12-18-2013) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water clarity is clear and water levels are running at 340 cfs at the spring. The river is looking great. Low fishing pressure during this time of year has made the catching excellent. Emergers, guppies and Y2K’s have the trout bending fly rods all day long. Hot pink Trout Magnets are working well for spin fishers. This is one of the best times of the year to fish the Spring River. Bigger trout and high numbers of stockers make this a great time to get out, weather permitting. Layer up and dress warm.

(Updated 12-18-2013) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the water level on the Spring River is fishable. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and North Fork rivers. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.

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