NEA fishing report

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Lake Poinsett is still being drained, but it seems like anglers have figured out how to catch the crappie. Crappie have been biting very well in 20 feet of water at about 16 feet. Minnows seem to be the main item crappie are biting. Bass have been doing well, as have the catfish. Several anglers expressed displeasure with the amount of bluegill they were catching (a bunch). Either way, it is catch and keep as many as you want. Please come and take these fish out of the lake!

At Crown Lake the water is crystal clear and the surface temperature is 85 degrees. Level and current are normal. Fishing overall is slow. Bream are fair and biting both redworms and crickets. Bass are good and anglers are using small crankbaits for the best action. Catfishing is good using nightcrawlers and liver. Crappie reports remain poor.

At Spring River, water levels are running at 344 cfs at the spring and water clarity has been clear. El Diablos and olive Woollies have been working really well. A tight swinging line with short strips at the end have been hot. Hot pink and black Trout Magnets have been hot with spinning equipment. Tight lines and good luck! 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).

White River reports 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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