Northeast Arkansas fishing report

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lake Poinsett is being drained for major repairs and renovations to the lake bed. There are still fish to be caught until the lake is drained as you can keep all you catch. All limits have been removed on the lake. There are some big catfish out there. Plenty of bait is being kept on hand for those wanting to fish.

At Crown Lake the water is clear and the surface temperature is very high 95 degrees. Bream are excellent on worms and crickets. Bass are fair to good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Catfishing is good on chicken livers and nightcrawlers. No report on crappie this week.

Spring River reports water levels are running at 372 cfs and water clarity has been clear. The river is looking great and the trout have been on the bite. Y2Ks are the hot fly, and trout are really hitting it hard. Olive woollies and hopper dropper rigs have been fun to fish on some days. Not many hitting the hopper but that occasional trout coming up to hit the hopper is priceless. Got to have the dropper below the hopper. It is where you will get the most hits. I like a small nymph or small Y2K. Hot pink and white Trout Magnets have been hot this week. And to be honest hot pink Trout Magnets always catch trout. Fish just off the bottom below a trout magnet float. It also works great on a fly rod for smallmouth bass on local creeks like the Myatt and South Fork. These smaller creeks that run into the Spring River are hot spots for catching smallmouth. Nice weather this week, get out and enjoy.

Reports from Cotter say 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).

The water is clear and warm at White River. Fishing has been extremely slow for all species. Bream are slow, but a few can be caught on worms and crickets deep. A few crappie have been caught on jigs. Bass are slow, with only a few coming on topwaters and spinnerbaits early in the morning. Catfishing is slow on worms.

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