NEA fishing report

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Lake Poinsett reports that the bass are making a big appearance with the bass being of good size. Minnow sales are also reported as being up. No report was given on bream or catfish. With the water being low, the dam is the best place to put boats in. The weather is perfect for fishing.

The water is clear and at a normal level at Crown Lake with the surface temperature at 70 degrees. Bream have been good on worms with bass fishing picking up with reports of good to excellent catches. The recent bass tournament reported many good catches. The catfish have been hitting good on nighcrawlers and chicken liver with the crappie fishing remaining poor.

Reports from Spring River say the water levels are running at 308 cfs (350 cfs is the norm) and water clarity is clear. Over the weekend the cool temperatures had big trout moving. The cold snaps in temps are making the big trout come up out of their holes and feed. Hatches of mayflies and caddis flies have been heavy all week. Size 14-16 nymphs and Y2K's on the hot days have been productive. Sometimes on good hatches, a Crawford's Guppie fly can be a very good choice to imitate the baitfish feeding on the bugs. Hot pink and chartreuse Trout Magnets and silver Rooster Tails have worked well on spinning tackle. Cotter is reporting that the river is fishing well being a great place to wade fish when they are running water on the White and Norfork rivers. Canoe season is over and there are fewer boats on the river. 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 (size 10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (size 10) and Y2Ks (size 10)

The White River near Newark is clear and at about seven feet, which is normal. Crappie fishing has been fair on minnows and jigs with bass hitting crankbaits, plastic worms and grubs with a fair rating. Walleye catches have been poor with no report on bream or catfish.

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