Arkansas River: Charley's Hidden Harbor at Opello said the flows have dropped greatly, and anglers are starting to head to the river again. Catfishing has been very good early and late in the day on shad and nightcrawler combos in 6 to 10 feet of water behind jetties and inside backwaters. Bream are behind jetties and under overhangs, and will bite well on black Mepps spinners and crickets near floating grass beds early in the mornings. Bass are biting very well on black Jitterbugs around grass near the main points of the river entrances and on jigs in the middle of grass mats around jetty tips early and late in the day. Some large drum are being caught around riprap on crankbaits in crawfish colors.
Little Maumelle River - River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the Maumelle River is low and clear. bream are fair on worms and crickets in 3 feet of water and less. Crappie were biting well, and many crappie anglers were on the water last weekend. The fish were caught mainly on minnows fished around stumps and other woody cover near shaded areas in 4 feet of water. Bass are biting well on soft-plastic worms in crawdad colors and on spinnerbaits early and late in the day. Catfishing was good on minnows fished in shallow water.
Little Rock Pool - Vince Miller from Fish N Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water has finally dropped to safe boating levels, but is still pretty muddy and swift. Bass should be biting on the jetties. Bream, crappie and catfish are all slow. Fish 'N' Stuff will resume its Tuesday night tournaments on the river August 4 if the flow stays this way. Call the shop for details on the new schedule.
McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) does not have a report this week, as the water just now dropped out of the small craft advisory stage.