Arkansas River: (Little Rock Pool) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said anglers in the Clear Lake area were having good success catching crappie on minnows and jigs. Bass were fair on spinnerbaits. Bream reports were poor, but a little action was noticed on worms and crickets. Catfishing was poor. Behind the Terry Lock and Dam, however, catfishing was fair. Bass were fair there on crankbaits and using plastic worms, while crappie remained good on that end of the pool with minnows and jigs.
Zimmermans Exxon (501-944-2527) said crappie were good below the Terry Lock and dam in 10-15 feet of water. Minnows and jigs both were working. Catfish were fair on cut shad. No reports
(updated 1-11-2017) Zimmermans Exxon (501-944-2527) said crappie were good in Maumelle Creek in 4-6 feet of water. Use minnows.
Morrilton - Charleys Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said few people have been fishing due to the weather. Catfish are in deeper holes, mostly in the holes on the downstream side of jetties. Use skipjack and nightcrawlers for best results. Sauger are on the front side of Lock and Dam No. 9. Fish the jetty tips in the swirl. Throw downstream with a speck rig and pull through the swirl. Duck hunting has been really good this year with a great deal of all species. Mallards have moved in. I have never seen all the species as there has been all season. Please, hunters, pick up your shells and trash. Also, we had a truck and trailer slide off the ramp. Remember that when you get at the end of the ramp, where the water is, you can stop. Have a safe and happy new year.
Cadon Pool - Professional angler Cody Kelley, owner of Cody Kelley Guide Service (501-733-5282), reported that the current river flows are fairly slow. Water temps have been hovering around 48-52 degrees depending on if you are in the main river or backwaters. As for bass fishing, slower flows have allowed some of the backwaters to clear up slightly compared to the main river. Many of the backwater areas will be slightly warmer and hold a few fish. Try slow-rolling spinnerbaits and squarebills to find areas with fish, then pick them apart with jigs and plastics. The crappie bite has been slow lately. Some can be caught on black and chartreuse tube jigs dipped around deeper backwater brush. The catfish bite is consistent right now. Most fish are holding in the deeper main river holes. Cody has been using cut bait mainly, but he says hes sure other things would work. He adds, It won't be long now until the bite really starts to take off for all species!!
Little Maumelle River
(updated 1-11-2017) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said crappie fishing has been excellent on minnows and jigs. White bass bite is also good.