James The lake is muddy in places, but clear on the north end. There is stained water in some of the creek arms, reports James Whittle at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers.
Black bass are biting swim baits in clear water. They’re biting spinner baits and jig and pigs in muddy water. Bass can also be caught with jerk baits and crank baits.
Crappie are biting on the south end of the lake 12 feet deep or shallower around trees and brush Minnows are working best. Try a jig and minnow combination. Monte Ne and Horseshoe Bend are good areas to try. Average water temperature is 57 to 59 degrees.
Hickory Creek Marina reports good striped bass fishing in the Point 12 area with brood minnows or shad. Crappie are biting well on minnows or jigs five to 10 feet deep around brush.
Lisa Mullins at the Beaver Dam Store said trout continue to bite Power Bait in bright colors. The top lures are small Buoyant or Colorado spoons in gold-silver or red-gold.
The best flies are pheasant tails, midges, hare’s ears, Copper Johns and San Juan worms.
David Powell at the lake office said crappie fishing is good with jigs or minnows. Good numbers of crappie have been caught.
Black bass are biting plastic worms and spinner baits. Try worms or liver for catfish.
Mike McBride at the lake bait shop said catfish are biting in the muddy water on shad or liver Once the water clears, try jigs or minnows for crappie six feet deep. Go with spinner baits or plastic worms for black bass.
Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said bluegill fishing is good with crickets four feet deep. Crappie are biting minnows five feet deep under a bobber. Fishing is best on the west side of the lake.
Black bass fishing is slow. Try deep diving crank baits along the dam, especially after a storm.
Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said black bass are biting several types of soft plastic lures two to 20 feet deep. Night fishing is good with big plastic worms.
Stroud recommends using Zoom Baby Brush Hogs or fourinch lizards when the water level is normal.
Justin McClelland at Hook, Line and Sinker in Bella Vista said black bass are biting fair at all Bella Vista lakes on plastic worms or jig and pigs. Bluegill fishing is fair at all lakes, with worms or crickets 15 to 20 feet deep.
Trout fishing at Lake Brittany is slowing down. Try Power Bait or small spoons.
Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said crappie at Lake Eucha are biting minnows and small jigs. Try plastic worms or square-billed crank baits for black bass.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports good crappie fishing at Grand Lake with jigs around docks and brush. White bass are migrating up the creek arms and can be caught with any minnow imitating lure. Catfishing is good with shad on all areas of the lake.
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Pete Wenners at Pete’s Professional Guide Service said black bass can be caught shallow and deep. For deep fishing, use swim baits or grubs 15 to 20 feet deep along points. Try crank baits for shallower fishing.
The river arms are muddy. A spinner bait is good to use in muddy water.