Arkansas River: Morrilton - Charleys Hidden Harbor at Oppelo said the heat has stopped a lot of anglers from coming out. Largemouth bass and spotted bass are biting well along grasslines on chatterbaits just before sunrise and after sunset. When the sun comes up, slow-roll a spinnerbait off secondary drops to catch a few more fish before the heat of the day shuts down the bite. Catfishing is good drift-fishing in the evening with a worm-and-shad combination. Chunks of buffalo fish also are working. Bream are biting well crickets fished under overhangs near the channel. Some large gar have been caught around points near the main channel on live bream fished without a weight in 2 to 3 feet of water. White bass are biting well on points in the river on shad- or pearl-colored crankbaits. Bowfishing at night has been good lately.
(Maumelle Pool) - Hatchet Jacks Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said bream are slow on redworms and crickets in the Little Maumelle and up Palarm Creek where you can find any brush and grass. Crappie are slow up the Maumelle River on minnows and red/chartreuse jigs. Bass are slow on spinnerbaits, black/blue jigs and Senkos fished around the Little Maumelle. Catfishing is fair on chicken hearts, livers and shad.
Little Maumelle River - River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said there haven't been many anglers on the water. The only people that are fishing are going out very early in the morning and late in the evening. A few bream have been caught on worms and crickets. A few bass are being picked up on spinnerbaits and crankbaits, but overall the bite is very slow.
Little Rock - Vince Miller from Fish N Stuff said the water is stained and low. Bream are fair around brush in 10 to 12 feet of water. Crappie are fair. Bass are scattered at all different depths and are fair to poor on Texas-rigged soft-plastics and jigs. Catfishing is fair on shad and nightcrawlers.
Hatchet Jacks Sport Shop (501-758-4958) said white bass are biting excellently on shad and bass minnows fished below the hydro plant. All other species are slow.
McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is at normal level. Bream are biting well in the backwaters. Crappie are slow on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting well on crankbaits fished around rocky areas and jetty points if there is flow. Catfishing is good on cut bait.