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Arkansas Game & Fish gives the lowdown on the fishing honey holes

By Randy Zellers

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

• Crappie biting well We’ve heard good reports of crappie biting well in various lakes throughout the state, now that they’ve long since completed their spawn and are regrouping.

Lou Gabric from Hummingbird Hideaway Resort on Norfork Lake forwarded us this photo taken Sunday, April 28 of Nikki and Michael Williams (right ) and their nice stringer of crappie.

Meanwhile, regular contributor Jason Lenderman of JL Guide Service (870490-0804) sent us this photo (below) of cooler full of slab crappie he caught in Lake Greeson.

“Crappie are REALLY good lately,” Jason says of the action at Greeson.

“They can be caught in brush 15-25 feet deep on minnows and jigs. Catches of 50-100 per day are not uncommon right now.”

• Hear About Poinsett News Join anglers and other interested members of the public on Thursday, May 16, at 6 p.m. when the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a public meeting in Harrisburg concerning Lake Poinsett. The meeting is planned for Calvary Baptist Church, and the AGFC biologists and Fisheries Division personnel will discuss the status of the repair work at Poinsett, which has been shut down since last year for the extensive work, expected to last into 2020. Lake Poinsett will be full again in about a year, according to plans. Find out more at Thursday’s meeting.

• Hot Spots Here and There Every Army Corps of Engineer Lake in Arkansas, with the exception of DeGray Lake, is high — anywhere from 2 feet above normal pool to 20 (Nimrod). The Arkansas River is running fast and high in every pool. We’re saying this to advise caution if you get out this week on the water. Yes, there’s much more rain in the forecast through the weekend, too. But this too shall pass.

Meanwhile, there are some enticing fishing holes that are hot right now, according to our Fishing Report contributors.

Have you been to Lake Fort Smith lately? Anglers are pulling out some big bass (photo top right), according to Lake Fort Smith State Park’s Heather Hula, who provided the photo.

Lake Ouachita is 3 feet above normal pool, as of Wednesday, but Todd Gadberry tells us that if you’re looking for stripers, the bite is excellent.

For a more laid-back experience, check out the bream at Lake Willastein in Maumelle; the bite is excellent, according to the folks at Hatchet Jack’s.

Ray Hudson at River Valley Marina on the Little Maumelle says that black bass are excellent, as are catfish. We might add: The Maumelle pool of the Arkansas River, we noticed Sunday, was significantly calmer than the Little Rock pool on the east side of Murray Lock and Dam (but that didn’t stop 20 or so folks from catfishing off the peninsula below the dam).

Peckerwood Lake over in east-central Arkansas off U.S. 63 has an excellent bite on black bass right now, they say. In fact, it’s so good, the anglers aren’t sharing their bait secrets with our reporter. (Darn them.) Shelly Jeffrey at Lake Charles in northeast Arkansas says just about everything is excellent across the board there — crappie, bass, catfish, bream. A boat is nice to have, but you can catch aplenty just from the shoreline.

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