NEA fishing report

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lake Poinsett

Ome Coleman at Lake Poinsett State Park said, “Wow!! It is time to come to Lake Poinsett and catch all the fish you want. There is no limit to what you catch.” The lake requires some major repairs and is being drained by the AGFC. Therefore, anglers are being asking to come and catch all you can. The bait shop is keeping plenty of minnows, gold fish, crickets, worms, and more, as well as other fishing accessories. Those big flathead and blue catfish are out there as well as the bass, crappie and bream.

Crown Lake

Boxhound Marina said water is clear and at a normal level. No temperature reading was available. Bream are good on worms and crickets. Crappie reports were poor. Bass are biting, with reports fair to good the past week. Use spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Catfishing is fair. Use nightcrawlers.

Spring River

Water levels are running at 356 cfs and water clarity has been clear. Feels like fall on the river over the weekend. The trout have been hitting on olive Woollies and Y2Ks. During a hatch, a guppie works great. With so many minnow varieties in the river during a hatch, minnow imitations work great due to the minnows eating the bugs hatching and the bigger trout eating the minnows. Hot pink and white Trout Magnets are working great and hot pink and white crappie Magnets have been working well on smallmouth. Fish the seams for smallies in the lower Spring River and hang on! John Berry said the Spring River is fishing better in Cotter. 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).

White River

Triangle Sports said the water is clear and the level and current are normal. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and topwater baits. Catfishing is fair with worms. Bream reports were poor, as were crappie reports. White bass also were poor.

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