Arkansas River: Little Rock Pool - The folks at Fish N Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water is muddy. Crappie are slow to fair, with a few being caught on glowing jigs and orange jigs. Bass are shallow in the backwaters and are biting fairly well on spinnerbaits and black/red jigs. Catfishing is slow on cut shad and chicken liver by the dam.
McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is muddy and high. Crappie are fair on minnows. No report on any other species.
Little Maumelle River
River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and at normal level. The surface water temperature is 40 degrees. Bream are fair on worms fished 7 to 8 feet deep. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and topwater lures. Catfishing is slow. Some white bass are in the creek and are biting well.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said surface water temperatures are in the low to mid-50s with water visibility less than half a foot in most places. The mild winter has kept surface water temperatures higher than normal for this time of year. Black bass are still fairly slow, but they are biting better than they usually do in early February. Small finesse worms and crankbaits worked slowly around steep rock banks can get a few bites. Have reasonable expectations as you may only get 4 or 5 bites fishing most of the day, but the average fish is a good size this time of year. Also, the bite is better midday to evening on the warmer days.