NEA fishing report

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lake Poinsett reports getting a lot of phone calls asking if Lake Poinsett State Park will still be open due to the AGFC's draining of the lake. YES, we are open as usual! Now, for the fishing report: The lake is to the point that it is difficult to launch a boat. You may be able to get a small lightweight craft launched. There are some large catfish being caught as well as some very nice crappie. There are a lot of bass and bream being caught, too. They are selling plenty of goldfish and minnows as well as worms, nightcrawlers and crickets. Happy fishing!

Crown Lake reports they have had a good week. The water is clear and at a normal level. Surface water temperature is 76 degrees. Bream continue to bite, with excellent results reported. Use redworms or crickets. Black bass are good on spinnerbaits, topwater lures and plastic worms. Catfishing has been excellent, with chicken livers and nightcrawlers reportedly working best. Crappie reports were poor.

Spring River says water levels are running at 300 cfs (350 avg.) and water clarity has been clear. With the river low and clear, we have had some excellent conditions for catching trout and smallmouth bass. A variety of Woolly Buggers and big nymphs have been working great. High-stick nymphing and stripping Woollies have been the hot techniques. Big white Woollies floated below an indicator has been successful for smallmouth. Spring River at Cotter 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).

At White River the water is clear and the level and current are high. No surface temperature was recorded. Bass are fair using topwater lures and plastic worms. Walleye reports were fair. There were no reports on bream, crappie or catfish.

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