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Date 30-Nov-17
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Conditions : Arkansas River: (Little Rock Pool) - Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said crappie is doing really well in 5-6 feet of water of the main river off the riprap. White/chartreuse Slab Buster jigs are the way to go. They were catching a few stripers below the dams on yellow bucktail jigs. Bream are fair. Very few people have mentioned any bass catches lately. Catfish are fair on skipjack below the dams. Outside of the river, trout has been stock in the area ponds by the AGFC and people are reporting nice trout catches.

Vince Miller from Fish ’N’ Stuff (501-834-5733) said that bass are biting spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps really well. Use shad colors. The fishing for bass is fair. Crappie are biting black/chartreuse or blue/chartreuse behind the jetties. Try around 8 feet depth. Reports are fair. No reports on catfish. No reports on bream.

McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said crappie are doing very well. Reports of nice catches of crappie off the river in the deeper water on minnows and jigs. Catfish are good and biting skipjack.

Morrilton - Charley’s Hidden Harbor at Oppelo (501-354-8080) said few fishermen are using the river. Changing weather conditions have kept fish from getting a good fishing pattern. Bass are active in the late afternoon. Fish the underwater jetties around 4 feet and 8 feet. Use crankbaits and spinners. Use worms early around wood. Reports have been fair. Catfish are moving to deep holes. Use skipjack fillets. Reports are fair. When you find shad schools in deeper water, use a CC Spoon vertical-jigging. This is good for white bass and Kentucky bass. Reports have been fair.

(Maumelle Pool) - Zimmerman’s Exxon (501-944-2527) said crappie is doing really well in 5-6 feet of water of the main river off the riprap. White/chartreuse Slab Buster jigs are the way to go. They were catching a few stripers below the dams on yellow bucktail jigs. Bream are fair. Not much is happening on bass right now. Catfish are fair on skipjack below the dams.

Little Maumelle River - River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is normal and is very clear. The crappie are doing very well. They have really turned on in the last 3-4 days. They are being caught in water 7-8 feet in depth. Most are being caught on minnows. The crappie are any type of wood near the main channel. Anglers should be able to catch a limit of crappie right now. The bream are doing fair; some people catching crappie are also catching bream on jigs. If you were just trying for bream, you will catch them. Catfish are doing fairly well. Catching them around the docks on liver and minnows as well. Bass reports were doing fairly well about a week or so ago. No white bass or stripers are in the creek. The shad have not really come into the Little Maumelle yet, but when they do those fish will follow.

(Pine Bluff Pool) - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Fishing Team reports that water temperatures are in the upper 50s, visibility is about 1 foot, water level is about normal. Black bass are biting fairly well on slow-rolled spinnerbaits and crankbaits in shad colors worked along steeper riprap banks. The quantity of bites isn't as high as some parts of the year, but the quality is certainly above average this time of year.

Reported by: Arkansas F & G


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