Arkansas River: (Little Rock Pool) - Morrilton - Charleys Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said the bad storms on Friday night and very low flow Sunday have made for some rough conditions for this weeks report. Bass have moved off the grassy banks and are sitting deeper on jetties than normal. Spoons and old Critter Getter jigs fished in the cuts below the jetties have been the only way to catch a few, but its been poor at best. Bream are biting well on crickets fished below sandbars in the drops. White bass are schooling and chasing shad around jetties, but they were spotty. Tiny Torpedoes, Zara Puppies and other topwater lures were catching a few. Catfishing was fair on whole shad dragged slowly on a drift-fishing setup.
Cadron - Professional angler Cody Kelley, owner of Best in Bass Guide Service (501-733-5282), reports that the flows on the river are slowing and fishing is still good. Bass fishing is good to excellent right now depending on the day. The fish are definitely in full summer mode and sticking close to that highly oxygenated water found near current. Look ambush areas near the main river where the current is broken up. Good fish can also be caught in deeper back waters where there are small blowholes that keep a small amount of water moving. Use moving baits like spinnerbaits and squarebills around current. Try slower baits, like big worms and jigs, around the slack water. Crappie fishing is slow. Some can be caught in the deeper slack water holes behind jetties. Use jigs and minnows in 20-25 feet. Most of the catfish are fully recovered and eating well. Now is the time to use your biggest offerings. Place large live or cut bait (the fresher the better) in the deepest holes you can find. Be sure to set up on the upstream side so the current and 'walk' your bait back to the cats. For bream, Trout Magnet on a single pole is deadly right now. Look for water willow grass around the shallower jetties. Flip in there and hold on!
(Maumelle Pool) - Zimmermans Exxon (501-944-2527) reported water is clear and at a normal level. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair using curly jigs. Bass are fair if youre fishing early. Use a shaky head, plastic worm or spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfish are fair with worms. White bass reports have been fair.
Little Rock - Vince Miller from Fish N Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water is clear and at normal levels. Surface water temperature is at 90 degrees during the day. Crappie are biting well on minnows and tube jigs fished near jetty drops. Bass are slow to fair on Texas-rigged worms and deep-diving crankbaits around the jetties. No report on catfish or bream.
Little Maumelle River
(updated 8-9-2017) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is clear and the level and current are normal. No water temperature was taken. Bass are good. Try spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater lures. Crappie are in 5 feet depth and the bite is fair. Theyll hit minnows or jigs. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Catfishing was poor. White bass reports were poor.
Pine Bluff - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said the surface water temperature is in the upper 80s, and visibility is just under 1 foot in most places. The river is not flowing much lately. Black bass are biting well, especially in the mornings. Some days they will respond to topwater lures, such as buzzbaits, walking lures and poppers. Other days they will only bite soft-plastic worms and crawfish-imitating lures worked on the bottom. Experiment each day to gauge their activity level. Focusing on shaded areas has been the key lately, along with making many casts to likely spots to get the more lethargic fish to bite.