NEA fishing report

Friday, September 1, 2017

Lake Poinsett is getting pretty low now. But the fish are still out there to be caught and there is “no limit” to what you catch. So please go get them before it is too late. There are some very nice bass being caught. But there are plenty of bream and crappie being caught also. You might just get a record-breaker on any bass, crappie, bream or catfish. Think positive and go get them.

Crown Lake this past week was similar to last week. Water is crystal clear and the surface temperature is 85 degrees. Level and current were normal. Fishing overall has been 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.

Spring River water levels are running at 340 cfs at the spring and water clarity has been clear. With the river lower than it has been all summer the trout have been hitting great. Cool temps the rest of the week should only make it better. Y2Ks and Guppies were hot last week. When the trout go off the bite and trout can be seen chasing the Y2K but not hitting it. It is best to put a small dropper nymph about a foot behind the Y2K and they will eat it up. Hot pink and white trout magnets have been working great on smallmouth and trout for spin fishers. 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 is clear and the water 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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