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Date 16-Feb-17
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Conditions : Arkansas River: (Pine Bluff Pool) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said water temperatures are in the upper 50s with some protected areas around 60 by the afternoon on warm days. Water visibility is low throughout, up to about 6 inches at best in protected areas. Black bass are biting fairly well on dark-colored jigs and Texas-rigged soft plastics near wood and rock. Spinnerbaits, worked slowly, are also producing bites.

Morrilton - Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said some fishermen are starting to fish the river again. Bass are suspended in 15 feet of water about 2-4 feet on top of sunken jetties. Fish with chartreuse crankbaits and bump the jetty top. Also drop to the bottom of the jetty and use a green pumpkin lizard. Bass results have been fair. Drum are hitting the lizard, too. Catfish are moving up around jetties about midday. Fish with worms. Results lately have been fair. Crappie are fair and starting to move to the creeks, Point Remove, Cypress Creek and the Petit Jean River. Use a chartreuse with red jighead.

(Little Rock Pool) - McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is a little murky in the Clear Lake area. Water level and current are normal. Bass reports were good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie have been good on minnows and jigs. Bream have ranged from poor to fair lately; bream are best on redworms and crickets. Catfish reports were poor, but the catfishing picks up behind the Terry Dam. Use cut bait. In the dam area, bass are good on plastic worms as well as spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Bream remain fair in this portion of the pool on worms and crickets.

Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said crappie are fair on red and white jigs. White bass are biting fair. Not reports on bream, bass or catfish.

Last Week - (Little Rock Pool) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said crappie are biting fair in the pool, with minnows working best. No reports in that area on bream, bass or catfish.

Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) reported fishing is OK right below the Murray Dam. The crappie bite is good, but even better news: The white bass bite is excellent. Use white Rooster Tails for the white bass.

(Cadron Pool) Professional angler Cody Kelley, owner of Best in Bass Guide Service (501-733-5282), reported that fishing has been fair to good lately. This is the time of year that one day can be excellent and tough the next day. As the days begin to get longer we will be seeing the water warm as well. That means one thing: time for fish to start spawning. Overall bass numbers haven't been extremely high, but when Cody says he catches one it will almost always be quality. If you want to catch a good Arkansas River bass, this is the time to be going. Look for protected backwater areas that have depth of 5-10 feet in them. Target wood and rocks with Crock-O-Gator zapper jigs or BioSpawn vile craws. As the days warm, don't be afraid to go way back in the shallows to look for the big girls making their way up to feed for the day. Fishing will continue to improve in the coming months. Some quality crappie slabs coming on black/chartreuse tube jigs dipped around backwater laydowns and stumps. Start with the cover on the deep water side of the creeks. Catfish are slowly heating up. The better fish are still coming off the main river in the deep holes on the outside turns of the channel. Try large baits this time of year. Whole shad or filets have been working well. Fishing will be getting great in the coming weeks. Get in touch with Cody if you want to get out on the river and learn how to catch all different species!.

(Maumelle Pool) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) reported that crappie are good around Murray Lock and Dam on jigs (white/chartreuse, red/chartreuse and black/chartreuse). Catfishing is fair; use skipjack or shad. White bass are biting fair on chartreuse or twister tail jigs.

Little Maumelle River - River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said water is clear and at a normal level and current. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Bass are good using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. No report on bream. No report on catfish. No catches of white bass to report.

Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) reported that crappie are good on minnows or jigs. Try a red/chartreuse or a chartreuse with silver flake jig for best results.

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