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Date 23-Sep-16
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Conditions : Arkansas River: (Maumelle Pool) (Morrilton) - Charlie’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said white bass are strong. There is plenty of shad for them to eat, and you'll find them in the corners of the winged jetties. One boat caught and released 60 or more. Fish using a deep diving crankbait in white. When the shad re pushed up, use a clear Zara Puppy. Black bass are good around the wood; use a FireTiger spinnerbait. Catfish are in deep water and the bite is good; use buffalo chunks for bait. Bream are good on a Mepps or Rooster Tails in black. Bream are on the jetty tops in 3-6 feet of water and the bite is good. Drum are still going crazy for the crayfish-colored jig and pig. Jump the bait off the bottom where the jetty rocks meet the sand and your fishing will be good. A few stripers were caught below Dam No. 9 on a wobble spoon.

(Little Rock Pool) - Vince Miller at Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water has been stained the past few days and the level has been up and down. Reports on bream were good with nightcrawlers as bait. Crappie reports, however, were poor. Bass are good with deep-diving crankbaits, jigs and frogs along the jetties and in the backwater. Catfish are biting well on redworms and stink bait. Catfishing has been good using stink bait.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said water is clear and normal back in Clear Lake. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie reports were fair as well, with minnows and jigs. Bass are good; try spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms. Catfishing reports were poor. In the Terry Lock and Dam area of the pool, catfish were fair on worms. Bass were working around the jetties well on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. You’ll find crappie in fair amounts in the backwater with minnows and jigs. Worms and crickets are bringing in good numbers of bream.

Little Maumelle River (updated 9-21-2016) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said water is clear and at a normal level. Bream fishing has been good on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting with good reports coming in; use minnows and jigs. Bass are still favoring early morning or late in the day, but the bite is good then on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater lures. Catfishing is good on worms and chicken liver.

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