Arkansas River: (Little Rock Pool) - Zimmermans Exxon (501-944-2527) reports that the river is a little high as of Tuesday and the clarity was dingy. Crappie reports were good. Minnows or jigs were working. Nothing else reported in the regular Little Rock pool for bream, bass or catfish. Below the Terry Lock and Dam, however, stripers are good. Use a half-ounce Vibric Rooster Tail in light color. Also below the dam, the catfish bite is good on cut shad. Crappie in Pool 5 and below the dam are good. Best baits for crappie are the Super Jig Nos. 404 and 405. No reports there on bream.
Vince Miller from Fish N Stuff (501-834-5733) said the average flow has dropped significantly over last week, to 62,000 cfs and that on Tuesday the river was just now fishable. The clarity is muddy and the surface temperature was 46 degrees. Crappie reports are good. The crappie are at 10 feet depth and are hitting jigs blue/chartreuse and red/chartreuse are your winning combinations. Black bass are fair and are biting jerkbaits or a small jig. Bream are poor and catfish reports also were poor.
(Maumelle Pool) - Zimmermans Exxon (501-944-2527) reported that conditions improved for fishing over the past week. Water level is high and the clarity is dingy. Crappie are good on minnows or jigs. Catfish are good using cut shad. Nothing reported on black bass, white bass or bream.
Little Maumelle River - Ray Hudson at River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said fishing and the conditions had been good the past week up until Tuesday, when the rain hit. The clarity had been slightly dingy and the water level was normal. Crappie have been good on minnows or jigs. Bass reports have been good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. No reports came in on bream. Nothing reported on catfish.
(Pine Bluff Pool) - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Fishing Team reports that water temperatures are in the low to mid-40s. Water visibility is very low, only inches in most places. The water level and flow rates are fluctuating frequently, generally staying on the high side. Fishing for black bass is very, very poor this time of year in this pool. Best bet, honestly, is to go somewhere else until the water here warms into the low 50s at the very least.