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Date 16-Jun-17
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Conditions : Arkansas River: (Little Rock Pool) - Vince Miller from Fish ’N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) said the clarity is dirty and the water is still high. Bream reports, though, were good. Use worms or crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows or jigs. Bass are biting, especially in the back waters. Reports were good. Anglers were using squarebills and black and blue jigs. Catfish are responding some to stinkbait. The reports were good.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said water in the Clear Lake area is stained. Water level is high. Bream have been good on worms and crickets. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs. Bass are good and reacting nicely to spinnerbaits and crankbaits. All the fish seem to be just off the banks. No report on catfish. The report was consistent throughout the river pool, they said. On a 1-5 scale for the week, McSwain called it a 4.

Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) termed the clarity dingy but said it appeared to be at a normal level. No report on surface temperature. Bream are excellent. You’ll find the best bite in the back waters in a depth of 3-4 feet. Waxworms and crickets were the bait of choice. Crappie are fair using minnows and jigs. Bass were good and responding well to plastic worms. Catfishing is excellent below the Murray Dam on skipjack. Near the Terry Dam and from Tar Camp Pool, the catfishing was excellent there as well on skips. No reports on white bass.

Morrilton - Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said the river flows are dropping, and on Tuesday morning they were at 113,000 cfs. Catfish are moving to the backside of the jetties. Use shad and fish from the bank out. Reports were good on catfish. Bass results were good. They are shallow in the morning; Charley says to fish under an overhang, use Jitterbugs and then move to grassy spots and use chatterbaits. As the day goes by, fish the drops. Fish for bream behind the jetties and in the backwaters with crickets in 3-10 feet of water. Reports have been good on bream. There were no reports on crappie for the past week. White bass are schooling behind the jetties. Use shad or pearl crankbaits. White bass reports have been fair. Striper appear to be blow the power house. Use a wobble spoon.

(Maumelle Pool) - Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) reported bream are good on worms and cricket. Crappie are fair using minnows and jigs. There were good reports of bass up in Maumelle Creek on plastic worms. Catfishing is excellent on skipjack. No reports on white bass.

Little Maumelle River (updated 6-14-2017) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water has gotten fairly clear in the past week. The level is about 1½ foot below normal. Bream are bedding and spawning. The bite is good. Throw a worm or a cricket. Crappie are good. The fish are about 4 feet deep and responding mostly to minnows. Bass are good and can be found in shallow water. They appear to be biting everything, as anglers were reporting good success on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, topwater lures and Zara Spooks. Catfishing is fair using chicken livers. On a 1-5 scale, the marina rated the past week a 3.

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