NEA fishing report

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Lake Poinsett's Ome Coleman 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 will be open as usual. State Parks are not the ones draining the lake, Arkansas Game & Fish are in charge of the lake. I will answer any questions I can. If I can’t, I will refer you to them," Ome says. 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. Ome expects that a lot of bass and bream are being caught too. They are selling plenty of goldfish and minnows as well as worms, nightcrawlers and crickets. Happy fishing!

At Crown Lake, Boxhound Marina said the water is very clear and is at normal level. The surface temperature is 73 degrees. Bream are fair on redworms and crickets fished around brush piles near docks. Bass are biting well on soft-plastic worms and spinnerbaits fished in 10 feet of water. Catfishing is good on shad and nightcrawlers. No report on crappie.

Spring River gets a report from Mark Crawford that 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. John Berry in Cotter said the Spring River is fishing well. 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's report from Triangle Sports says the water is clear and 10 to 12 feet high. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs. Bass have been biting fairly well on spinnerbaits, soft-plastic worms and topwater lures in the mornings. Catfishing is fair on worms and whole shad. Walleye are fair.

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