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Date 18-Aug-16
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Conditions : Arkansas River: (Maumelle Pool) Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said water was clear and at a normal level. Bream are good these days and redworms and crickets are getting the most action. Crappie are biting minnows and jigs. Bass are working early in the day and late after sundown, hitting spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is good on trotlines and limb lines; use worms.

Morrilton - Charlie’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said that as of Monday afternoon the flow was just 12,000 cfs. All the bad weather was far as heavy rain has been east of us. Catfishing has been great in 20-40 feet of water. A local couple last week got two limits of fish from 5 pounds to 25 pounds, plus they were culling fish. They used whole shad and catalpa worms. Bream are on the back side of jetties and on sand bars; use blades and Rooster Tails. White bass are good are biting early in the day and late in the evening on Baby Shads around schools of shad. Kentucky bass are good on timber in back of jetties on chatterbaits and also are chasing shad early and late. Stripers are fair below Locks 9 and 10; use wobble spoons or float a live shad or bream 4-6 feet deep. We had the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission up here about two weeks ago test shocking. They reported a good amount of new shad that were 1 to 1 1/12 inches long. Few people are fishing in between the rain showers.

Cadron - Professional angler and guide Cody Kelley reported, “Wow, what a difference a week can make!” Usually additional water flow and color help the bass bite, but this week served up just the opposite. Good numbers of Kentucky bass can still be caught on the main river jetties with chartreuse/black backed crankbaits. However, if you want to catch the bigger largemouths, it will most likely be a bit slower going. With the river coming up a little, look to the backwaters to catch a few better fish. Jigs and plastics around laydowns and stumps were the best producers this past week. Some other quality fish are being caught on the backwater sand with topwaters. The catfishing bite is still consistent, but the larger ones are almost entirely nocturnal at this point. Great numbers can still be caught in the main river current using Santee Cooper rigs and cut shad. Now is also the time to begin looking for those big flatheads around timber. Try dropping live bream or rice slicks just up current from big log jams. Don't forget to use your largest line and hooks as a trophy flathead will not be happy about being brought out of his home.

Little Rock - Vince Miller at Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) reported fishing in the pool has been tough. There is good bite on jigheads and Shaky Heads around the jetties, and topwater baits are working early on for bass. Bream are working around the grass lines. Crappie fishing has been generally poor. Catfishing has been pretty good around the sand bars with prepared bait or nightcrawlers. The shop hosted a couples tournament over the weekend but the reports on fish caught were just fair. The Murray Lock and Dam flow on Wednesday a.m. was at 33,000 cfs, which should be good for fishing, Vince said.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said water in Clear Lake is living up to the name, clear, and is at a normal level. Bream are biting fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass rated good, with plastic worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits working best. Catfishing was all that fell off, rating poor this week. However, near Terry Lock and Dam, there were good catfish reports on worms. The water near the dam is clear and at a normal level. Bream were good on worms and crickets, crappie were good and working the backwaters away from the dam, and bass were good in plastic worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits.

Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) reported the water is clear and at a normal level. Bream are biting redworms and crickets and have rated good. Crappie fishing is good on minnows and jigs. Bass are hitting spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwaters in the early morning and late evening, and bass rated good for the week. Catfishing with trotlines and limb lines is good; use chicken livers for bait. No reports on white bass. Reports near the Terry Dam had catfishing also good there on worms and chicken livers. Same reports on bream, crappie and bass as the rest of the pool.

Little Maumelle - River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said water was clear and at a normal level. Bream worked well; use worms and crickets. Crappie were good in 4-6 feet of water; use minnows. Bass were good, with spinnerbaits and plastic worms working best. Catfishing was good using minnows and cut bait. There were no reports of white bass being caught.

Pine Bluff - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said water temperatures are around 90 in the main channel and in the lower 90s in backwaters and in Lake Langhofer. Water visibility is a little less than one foot all around. There is some muddier water mixing with cleaner water being flushed from backwaters in places. The river is creeping along, just enough to position fish in likely current-related spots. Black bass are slow throughout the pool. Your best bet is to fish shallow brush with jigs and soft plastics early in the morning, then use small shad-colored crankbaits on pieces of wood and brush on the first break away from the bank for the rest of the day. Although better quality can be caught from offshore brush piles, there are not many fish out there to be caught. High temperatures, abundant food supply and heavy pressure are keeping the bite pretty slow lately.

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