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Date 27-Apr-17
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Conditions : Arkansas River: (Little Rock Pool) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the bream have turned on in the Clear Lake area, mainly hitting redworms and crickets as well as some jigs around the banks. Crappie appear to have slowed down considerably. There have been few if any reports on bass in the last few days. Catfish seem to be picking up on cut bait, stink bait and, of course, worms. Most of the reports from around Terry Lock and Dam were similar to what was being heard from Clear Lake. Look for the bream now.

Vince Miller from Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) said this would be a good time to stay off the river. The flow is running about 140,000 cfs as of midweek.

Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) said snagging reports have been excellent from the Murray Lock and Dam area. Crappie fishing was poor, they heard. White bass are fair on twister tails and twin tails. No other reports.

(Morrilton) Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said water is high and is flowing at 135,000 cfs. Charley said he’s kept off the main river. The backwater has a lot of fish, though. This includes such places as Coppers Gap, Point Remove Creek, Flagg Lake Cut-off and the like. Black bass are good in the backwaters on chatterbaits, buzzbaits. Fish the overhangs in the backwater both early and late. Catfish are biting on nightcrawlers in the backwater and in mouths of creeks. No reports on bream. No reports on crappie. No reports on white bass or stripers.

(Maumelle Pool) Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) reported crappie are fair on crappie minnows, red jigs and beetle spins. Bass reports have been excellent back in the creek channels off the Maumelle River. Use tube jigs, creature baits and crankbaits.

Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) reported that bream are picking up. You’ll find them in 4-5 feet of water and biting crickets best. Crappie are good in 6-8 or 8-10 feet of water. Use jigs; the crappie now are preferring black and chartreuse colored jigs. Bass reports have been fair. Again, jigs seem to work best, although reports are they’re having some response to a variety of baits thrown. No reports on catfish. Striper activity is picking up with chartreuse grubs.

Little Maumelle River - River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said bream are really picking up on crickets and worms. Crappie bite is just OK. The crappie appear through with their spawn; they’ve really slowed down a lot. Bass are good on spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Catfish are kind of slow. Some are being caught on trotlines, through.

Hatchet Jack’s (501-758-4948) reported crappie being slow; try using minnows. Bass reports have been “awesome,” according to Alex. Use buzzbaits in black and blue. Catfishing is excellent with the high water. Catfish are favoring slicks and skipjack.

(Pine Bluff Pool) - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said water temperatures are in the low to mid-70s, with visibility very low on the main channel with strong muddy current and elevation a little above normal. Visibility is better near the backs of backwater areas and within Lake Langhofer. Black bass are biting fairly well on black and blue jigs, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits.

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