Northeast Arkansas fishing report

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Even with the last still low, Lake Poinsett reports it is a good time to go fishing. The bait shop is still selling crickets for the bream fishermen but the minnows are still the top seller for live bait. There are still plenty of goldfish for those fishing for catfish. The crappie are hitting good in six to eight feet of water.

Boxhound Marina reports water surface temperature was 71 degrees and clarity as perfect on Crown Lake. Water level is normal. Bass fishing was excellent, with bass hitting on anything thrown both early in the morning and late in the day. Bass appeared to be in about 20-25 feet of water. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, plastic worms, topwaters and Spooks all produced excellent results. The catfish report was fair as crappie was fair early in the day and late around the dock areas. Jigs worked best. No reports on bream.

Spring River water levels are running at 300 cfs and water clarity is clear. The river has been getting really low and clear. Great bug hatches during most of the day. Tan caddis and mayflies have been the go-to matches. Pheasant tail nymphs and prince nymphs in sizes 14-10 have been working great. Some dry fly action early and late can be had on ants or black gnats in size 18. The leaves have been falling heavily on windy days and can be a problem. Cooler weather is needed to get the bigger trout moving. Easy wading and great sight-fishing conditions have made for a lot of fun. The river is fishing well on reports from Cotter. It's 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).

Low water level and warm surface temperature resulted in slow fishing for the week at the White River near Newark. No specific reports came in but with normal water the previous week, crappie fishing was fair on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting crankbaits, plastic worms and grubs with the fishing rated fair.

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