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Lake Overcup Sponsored by
Date 07-Feb-19
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Conditions : Lake Overcup: Johnny “Catfish” Banks at Overcup Bait Shop and R.V. Park (501-354-9007) said water level is high by about 2 feet. Clarity is murky, but it’s improving. Water surface temperature is about 45 degrees. Bass are doing well around brushtops and structure. Bream are slow, but anglers are still catching some with redworms. Crappie are being caught on yo-yos at night. Anglers are not catching a lot, but are catching some good ones on small No. 4s. Catfish are slow, but Overcup had a lake record for blue channel catfish caught, with a 71-pounder brought in. Carl Prince caught the blue on a floaty using shad, Johnny says.

Note: The catfish bite at Lake Overcup in Conway County is reportedly slow these days, but one blue catfish made up for all the waiting for one fisherman in recent days. According to Johnny Banks, owner of the Overcup Bait Shop and RV Park, Carl Prince pulled in a 71-pound blue catfish. Prince was using a floaty with shad and the big blue took hold. The 71-pounder, measured at the bait shop, is a record for Overcup, Banks said. Meanwhile, Banks reported that the lake level is high by about 2 feet. Clarity is murky, but it’s improving. Water surface temperature is about 45 degrees. Bass are doing well around brushtops and structure. Bream are slow, but anglers are still catching some with redworms. Crappie are being caught on yo-yos at night. Anglers are not catching a lot, but are catching some good ones on small No. 4s.

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About: - Lake Overcup is just north of the small town of Morrilton, Arkansas. The 1,025-acre lake is a favorite of crappie enthusiasts throughout central Arkansas. Creel surveys by AGFC personnel indicates that crappie are the second-most popular fish here, with about 30 percent of visiting anglers fishing for them. The surveys also show that the average crappie caught weighs about 2/3 pound (11 ounces), though much larger specimens also fall to Overcup anglers. The daily crappie limit here is 20.

Much of the best fishing is in brushy, stump-laden waters accessible only by boat. In April, when the spawn is underway, most crappie will be around shoreline cover or in old stumpfields scattered around the lake.

Lake Overcup also has two wheelchair-accessible fishing piers: one adjacent Overcup Landing on the lake's northeast corner and another beside the landing just off state Highway 95. At times, fishing around sunken brushpiles in deep water near the piers' ends can produce limit stringers of 1- to 2-pound crappie.

Two exits on Interstate 40 at Morrilton provide access to the lake. Turn north at Exit 107 to follow state Highway 95 to Lakeview Landing. To reach Overcup Landing, turn north at exit 108 and follow state Highway 9 to the junction of state Highway 915. Turn west on Highway 915 to the lake. Signs mark the turnoffs on state highways.

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