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Date 24-May-18
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Conditions : Arkansas River: (Little Rock Pool) - Vince Miller from Fish ’N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water is stained and the surface water temperature is reaching the high 70s. Bream are fair. Crappie are good in the main channel of the river. Use blue-and-black jigs and fish 6-8 feet deep. Bass are good in the back river on crankbaits, plastic worms and topwater lures. No reports on catfish.

Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said the water level and current are normal and the surface water temperature is in the upper 70s. Bream are being caught near beach areas in 2-4 feet of water on worms and crickets. The bite is good. Crappie are good in 10-15 feet depth around rocky points. Use black and chartreuse jigs. Bass are good below the Terry Lock and Dam on CC Spoons.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is stained and the level and current are normal near the Terry Lock and Dam. Bass are good; fish around rocky points in 8-10 feet depth with crankbaits or plastic worms. Catfishing has been good with nightcrawlers. Crappie are good. Best success is in the backwaters fishing 6 feet deep with minnows or jigs. Bream are around the banks in good numbers with a good bite. Look for them at 3-4 feet depth with crickets.

Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said that catfishing reports near the Terry Dam were fair by snagging or using skipjack. Water level is normal. At the other end of the pool, at Murray Dam, catfishing is excellent using skipjack. White bass are excellent. Use white twister tails and spoons.

Morrilton - Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said bass are biting on green pumpkin lizards with chartreuse tail. Use a rattle. Reports have been good. Bream are moving to grass lines and sand flats. Use crickets. The bite is good. Catfish are coming in shallow and hanging off the jetty. Use whole shad for best results. Anglers say the bite is fair. White bass are in the muddy water lines of creeks. Use shad or perch and mid-diving crankbaits. No reports on crappie. Charley says, “My friends from the Vo-Tech in Russellville came down the river today (Tuesday), Charlie Jordan and Peter Leonard. They were sampling catfish. This is one of many state and federal groups doing studies on the Arkansas River. Gar and sauger are among some of the studies. It took some time for them to get going, but it’s great they are doing it.”

(Maumelle Pool) - Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said catfishing is excellent around Murray Dam using skipjack and by snagging. Crappie are good next to the wall of the hydroelectric plant at the dam. Fish in 6-8 feet depth with minnows or jigs. Water conditions are muddy with a normal level and current.

Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said surface water temperature is in the 70s and the level and current are normal. Bream are good. Look for them in the beach area in 2-4 feet of water and use worms or crickets. Crappie are good near rocky points in 10-15 feet depth. Use jigs. Bass are good below the dam on jigs. Fish 10-12 feet deep.

Little Maumelle River (updated 5-23-2018) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the clarity is clear and the water level and current were normal. A water temp was not recorded. Bream are good on crickets. The bream are shallow and appear to be spawning. Crappie are good. They’re being caught at the edge of trees in about 4 feet depth. Use minnows. Largemouth bass are good, especially around banks or in other shallow areas. Fish with a spinnerbait or plastic worms. No reports on catfish or white bass.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Fishing Team said water temperatures are in the low 80s. Visibility is only a few inches in the main channel with light flow, and a little over 6 inches in most of Lake Langhofer. Shad are spawning along rock banks and other hard surfaces along the banks, and black bass can be caught early and late with buzzbaits, walking baits, spinnerbaits and squarebill crankbaits in shad colors. During the day, black bass are biting fairly well on worms and jigs worked slowly through woody cover. Black bass are starting to position on offshore brush piles and ledges in Lake Langhofer but have not established themselves there quite yet.

Reported by: Arkansas F & G


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