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Date 16-Aug-18
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Conditions : Arkansas River: (Little Rock Pool) - Vince Miller from Fish ’N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water ranges from a stain in some places to fairly clear. The surface water temperature is mid-80s and the water level and current are normal. Bream are in shallow water by grass and are biting fair on redworms. Vince heard nothing this week on crappie catches. Bass reports are good, though, with the bass in 8-12 feet depth. Use a jighead worm, or go with spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Catfishing is fair, according to reports from below the dam. Anglers were using stink bait and nightcrawlers.

Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said anglers report that the water is dingy and the surface temperature is in the 80s. The level and current are normal. The anglers fishing around Willow Beach have had excellent results going for bream. They’re using worms and crickets. The crappie anglers, meanwhile, are finding their best luck in the Burns Park area. They’re targeting 12-15 feet depth with red Crappie Magnets. Results are fair. Largemouth bass will bite early in the pool. Anglers are using shaky head magnum black or grape Trick Worms, as well as black buzzbaits. The target depth is 15-20 feet. Reports have been fair. Catfishing is fair below the dam; use skipjack. No reports on white bass. On the south end of the pool and into the pool below Terry Lock and Dam, the water is dingy. Bream are fair on worms and crickets and close to the sandbars. Bass are fair in the early morning; fish with Senkos or buzzbaits. No other reports.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water in the area of Terry Lock and Dam is “pretty clear.” The level and current are normal. Bream are good. Crappie are good. Bass are good with crankbaits and worms working best. Catfishing is good below the dam.

Little Maumelle River (updated 8-15-2018) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the clarity is dingy and “not bad.” The water level and current are normal. No surface temperature was recorded. Bream are fair. Crappie are fair. Bass are fair. No baits or any other details were offered on those fish. Catfish are fair on chicken livers.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Fishing Team said water temperatures are in the upper 80s to low 90s by end of day. Water visibility is between 1-2 feet. Very light flow on the main channel, but barely noticeable. The cooler air temperatures and periodic rainfall have helped perk the fish up lately. Black bass are still slow during the middle of the day but numbers can be caught in the morning, evening and around periods of rainfall. Reaction lures like buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and swimjigs worked along shoreline vegetation or jetties on the main channel can get bites during the active times. Finesse Worms on shaky heads and light Texas rigs can get bites from offshore brush piles in Lake Langhofer during the inactive times but you must be patient. Best bet for right now is to cover water very quickly in the mornings and evenings to encounter as many active fish as possible before they go inactive from bright sunlight. If you continue fishing in the middle of the day, slow down and deliberately work through deeper woody cover with finesse gear.

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