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Date 07-Jul-16
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Conditions : Arkansas River: (Maumelle Pool) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said the water was at normal depth, with a surface temperature of 85 degrees earlier this week. Bream fishing was excellent using crickets. Crappie were working in 10-12 feet depth around the jetties but were biting just fair. Black and chartreuse Crappie Magnets were working best. Bass were good around the rocky points, with buzzbaits and topwater frogs getting the most action. Catfishing was excellent below the dam on cut shad. White bass were fair.

Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) reported bass fishing being excellent early in the morning and late evenings. Zara Spooks were drawing hits, as well as black buzzbaits and Carolina rigged bait.

(Morillton) - Charlie’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said the water is clear with slow flows. Black bass can be found in front of grass lines. Use cherry seed Zoom worm. Also use CC spoons mid-day on the jetty tips, fishing is good there. For catfishing, use worms in 3-10 feet late in the day and early; it’s fair fishing mid-day. Drift using shad. Bream are biting strong on crickets under the overhangs. White bass are chasing shad schools; use crankbaits and white or pearl shad along the creek mouths early in the day as well as late.

Cadron - Professional angler and guide Cody Kelley said bass fishing is going strong on the Arkansas River right now. Flows have been at a consistent 15-20k cfs this week. Good numbers of both largemouth and spotted bass were caught during this past weeks guide trips. Several good quality fish in the 3-4-pound range. Look for numbers of fish are main river current breaks using moving baits. Stay on the move until you get a bite. More than likely there will be more than one willing participant in the area! Catfishing is also hot. Focus your efforts on the deep holes along the main river. The fish are recovering and feeding up after the spawn so don't be scared to use big bait. Large pieces of cut shad and even large live shad are working to bring in good fish. If you don't mind getting out on the water after dark, you can really catch some good fish. The night bite should only get better as the daytime temperatures continue to increase.

Little Rock - McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water in Clear Lake is at normal level and has cleared. Bream fishing is good on worms and crickets. Bass fishing is good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits, plastic worms and chatterbaits. Crappie have been fair on minnows and jigs. Catfishing rated poor. Near Terry Dam, crappie are better, rating good. Bream are good on worms and crickets, bass are good on plastics (lizards, worms) and crankbaits around the jetties. Cut bait is working for catfish.

Vince Miller at Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) reported a good week of fishing as the water was clear and surface temperature was in the 80s. Water level was low. Crappie could be found around brush piles using minnows and jigs and the fishing rated good. Bream were good using worms and crickets. Bass were good on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater lures. Catfishing was good around the deep holes near the river jetties; use nightcrawlers or cut bait.

Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said the water had low clarity but was at normal depth, with a surface temperature of 85 degrees earlier this week. Bream fishing was excellent using crickets. Crappie were working in 10-12 feet depth around the jetties but were biting just fair. Black and chartreuse Crappie Magnets were working best. Bass were good around the rocky points, with buzzbaits and topwater frogs getting the most action. Catfishing was excellent below the dam on cut shad. White bass were fair. On the Terry Dam end of the pool, the surface temperature was recorded as 82 degrees. Bream were good in the Tar Camp pool on crickets. Crappie were fair, suspended in 12-15 feet around the rocky points, and were biting red and chartreuse jigs. Bass fishing was good around rocky points on topwater lures and buzzbaits. Catfishing was good blow the Terry Dam, with skipjack working best. White bass rated fair.

Little Maumelle River (updated 7-6-2016) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said water was at a normal level and clear, with surface temperature in the mid-80s. Bream were good on worms and crickets. Crappie were working well on minnows and jigs. Bass fishing was good; try using spinnerbaits and topwater. Catfishing was good using worms and chicken liver. There was no report on white bass.

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