NEA Fishing Report
Ome Coleman at Lake Poinsett State Park wonders, “Who wants to be out in this heat? Some do. They are the fishermen!” Bait sales are slower here at Lake Poinsett this week. The AGFC began to drain the lake last week. There is no limit on anything you catch. Minnows, worms, crickets and goldfish are all being bought. You can expect a fish dinner tonight.
Boxhound Marina said Crown Lake is clear and at a normal level. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Bass are biting very late in the evening, and reports are fair. Catfishing is excellent on liver and nightcrawlers. No reports on crappie.
Spring River water levels are running at 409 cfs (350 is average) and water clarity has been clear. The river is looking great. It has been hot out, but the river is cold and the fish are friendly. We have a new fly called Diablo that has been really hot with the clear water. Y2Ks and bead-head nymphs are coming in second. Hot pink Trout Magnets and silver spinners have been hot for spin fishers. The Spring River runs a cool 58 degrees – a great place to cool off. At Cotter, the Spring River is fishing better. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork rivers. Canoe season is on and there are many 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).
Triangle Sports said the weather was too hot for anglers, and it had no reports for White River. Last week the fishing was mostly slow with clear water and at a normal level. Bream were fair on worms and crickets. Bass were fair on spinnerbaits and crankbaits