NWA Fishing Report

Lunker bass prove elusive at Lincoln Lake

June 6, 2017 Comments Off on NWA Fishing Report Fishing, Fishing Report

NWA Fishing Report


Spinner baits and plastic worms remain wise lure choices for black bass fishing. James Whittle at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said the best bass fishing is away from shore on the outside of flooded bushes. Bass may also be caught by flipping a jig and pig around bushes and tree trunks. Top-water lures are working early. Catfish are biting well on liver and goldfish. Crappie fishing is slow. Try minnows 12 to 15 feet deep. Mike Whitehouse at Hickory Creek Marina said lots of catfish are being caught with limb lines and jug lines. The best bait is small sunfish. Garland Gregory caught a 70-pound flathead catfish over Memorial Day weekend on a limb line baited with sunfish. The catfish measured 5 feet, 6 inches long. Black bass are biting crank baits in shallow water, Whitehouse said.


Tom Steinke at Beaver Dam Store recommends using a Power Bait and waxworm combination for trout. Fishing is best from a boat. There is limited area to fish from shore at all river accesses, but almost no water suitable for wade fishing.


Angela Perea at the lake office said catfish are biting well on all types of catfish bait. Bluegill are biting crickets or worms. Use soft plastic lures for black bass.


Mike McBride at the lake bait shop said black bass are biting well on spinner baits and plastic worms. Catfish are biting liver, shad and small sunfish. Crappie fishing is slow. Try jigs or minnows 8 feet deep.


Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said black bass are biting soft plastic lures two to 20 feet deep. Try top-water lures early and late.


Stroud recommends fishing for black bass with square-billed crank baits.


Hook, Line and Sinker in Bella Vista reports good black bass fishing at all Bella Vista lakes with spinner baits, top-water lures or jig and pigs. Bluegill are biting well on crickets or worms two to four feet deep. Use nightcrawlers or shrimp for catfish.


Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said black bass at Lake Eucha are biting buzz baits, top-water lures, plastic worms or jig and pigs.


The Missouri Department of Conservation reports good black bass fishing with crank baits that dive 3 to 5 feet deep. Try spinner baits on windy days. Catfish are biting well on nightcrawlers.