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Northeast Arkansas Fishing Report

Northeast Arkansas Fishing Report


From the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

Shelly Jeffrey at Lake Charles State Park says the lake remains murky and the level is stil high.

Fishing has picked up this week, she said, with lots of reports on catfish biting anything from rice hulls to spinnerbaits and worms.

Some nice-size crappie were caught this past week, too. Fishing continues to be good from both the shoreline or from a boat. Bream are excellent on worms and crickets. Fish those brush piles, stumps and rocky points. Crappie are excellent using minnows, jigs, crickets and worms.

Black bass are excellent on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plastic worms. Catfishing is excellent using worms, blood bait, stink bait, chicken liver and Catfish Pro.


Lake Poinsett

Ome Coleman at Lake Poinsett State Park said, “Wow, what a weekend we had. Sold out of minnows and most of our crickets.

Lake Poinsett State Park has plenty in stock now and plans to have what you need when you get here.

We are here from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Happy fishing!” While Lake Poinsett is undergoing repairs through early next year, other options in the area include Lake Hogue and Lake Charles.


Crown Lake

Boxhound Marina said the water clarity is clear and the surface temperature is in the low 80s. Water level is normal. Bream are good on worms and crickets.

Crappie are fair; fishing for crappie is done now unless you’re willing to fish deep, they report. Bass are good; use big minnows. Catfishing is good using big minnows late at night.


Spring River Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies & Guides said water levels are at 470 cfs (350 average) at the spring and water clarity has had partly cloudy. The river is looking good this week. Water levels have been above normal, so be safe wading.

The fish have been biting well down deep. The use of split shot about a foot above the fly will help to get closer to the bottom of the river. Olive Woolly Buggers have been hot this week with a nymph dropper. It’s all about getting down to the bottom where the fish are.

John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter said the Spring River is a fishing well.

This is a great place to wade fish when they are running water on the White and Norfork rivers. Canoe season is here and the river can be crowded especially on the weekends. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive Woolly Buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.

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