Arkansas River: (Little Rock Pool) - Vince Miller from Fish N Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water level and current are starting to come down. The water is still muddy. No surface water temperature was recorded. There were no reports this week on bream. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows and the fish are around stumps. Bass are good; use Senkos or jigs in the backwater areas for best results. No reports on catfish.
Zimmermans Exxon (501-944-2527) said crappie are good in the Terry Lock and Dam area. Crappie are biting minnows or chartreuse and white jigs. White bass are good on white Rooster Tails. No reports on bream, catfish or black bass. Water is stained and the level and current remain high.
McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water level and current were high and there were no reports.
(Maumelle Pool) - Zimmermans Exxon (501-944-2527) said the surface water temperature is on the rise, and so are the crappie. The crappie bite is excellent on minnows and jigs. No reports on any other species. The water level and current are normal, and the water is stained.
Hatchet Jacks (501-758-4948) said it heard a fair report on catfish near the Murray Lock and Dam. They were using skipjack.
Little Maumelle River - River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the clarity is clear. Water level and current are normal. No temperature was available. Crappie are good in the shallows on minnows or jigs. Bass are good also in the shallows on spinnerbaits and plastic worms. No other reports.
Hatchet Jacks (501-758-4948) said crappie are fair around jetty points. Use white and chartreuse jigs. Bass are fair on chartreuse and black crankbaits and black buzz baits. No other reports.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Fishing Team said water temperatures are in the upper 50s in the river and in Lake Langhofer. Some protected backwaters are reaching the low to mid-60s on warm sunny days. Water visibility is still down a bit from normal, only about 6 inches or less in most areas. The water level continues to fluctuate by several inches each day as pulses of water move through the river. Black bass are biting well on spinnerbaits, bladed swim jigs, shallow- to medium-running crankbaits and jigs worked along rock banks. Black bass also seem to be easier to catch during periods of rising or higher water, rather than dropping or lower water. Striped bass and white bass are congregating on the first sand drop-offs away from the banks where wind and baitfish are present. Groups of crappie have been located sitting over brush piles in 6-10 feet of water by sonar, although the team has not tried to catch them.