NEA Fishing Report
The park is getting lots of calls regarding the draining of the lake. It is hard to tell just when Lake Poinsett will be completely drained. There is no limit to how much or what kind of fish you can keep. So, it is a good time to go fishing. There are some big catfish out there. They are keeping plenty of bait on hand for you.
The water is very clear and the surface temperature is a hot mid-90 degrees. Water level is normal. The fishing is slow due to the very hot conditions. The only reports are on catfish, with good results. Use chicken liver for bait.
Water levels are running at 396 cfs and water clarity has been clear. Dobson flies are in the water right now. Big white thorax and dark abdomen. Big nymphs. Y2Ks have been really hot on the sunny hot days we have had this last week. When the sun is high in the sky, get the fly down to the bottom in deeper pools with fast water. Higher oxygen content and the trout can get out of the heat. Hot pink and red Trout Magnets have been hot this week. Try Gorilla Super Glue to keep the bodies on the hook. Just a little dab will do it. Easy applicator tip and hey its gorilla glue that’s cool.
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 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).
Reports are that the water is dingy and at a normal level. With the hot conditions, fishing is mostly fair. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie remain fair on minnows or jigs. Try for bass early in the morning on after dark. Results for bass have been fair on spinnerbaits and topwater lures. Catfishing has been fair using worms. No reports on walleye.