Northwest Arkansas fishing report

Northwest Arkansas Fishing Report

August 17, 2022 Comments Off on Northwest Arkansas fishing report Fishing Report

Northwest Arkansas fishing report

Beaver Lake

Striped bass are biting lures or bait.

Reese Jones at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said striper fishing is fair trolling with brood minnows or using big flutter spoons when a school of stripers is located. Fish between Point 5 and Beaver Dam 20 to 50 feet deep.

Walleye fishing is fair by trolling a nightcrawler rig behind a bottom bouncer. Try along gravel points 20 to 30 feet deep on the north half of the lake.

For white bass, fish along bluff walls and pockets with swim baits or grubs. Black bass fishing is slow. Fish with Ned rigs or plastic worms on a drop-shot rig along points and humps 10 to 25 feet deep. Average surface water temperature is in the upper 80s.

Southtown Sporting Goods in Fayetteville said black bass fishing is best at night with spinner baits or plastic worms in dark colors. Try minnows or jigs for crappie 10 to 30 feet deep.

Beaver tailwater

Austin Kennedy, fishing guide, said fishing deep water is key to catching trout. Try prepared trout bait such as Pautzke Fire Bait or Berkley Power Bait. Small spoons may work during sunny days.

For walleye and white bass, troll crank baits in the Holiday Island area and the town of Beaver.

Power generation has been from midmorning and continues through the day. Conditions are good for wade fishing in the morning, then drift fishing in a boat during generation.

Lake Fayetteville

David Powell at the lake office recommends fishing for bluegill with crickets or worms. Black bass fishing is slow. Plastic worms are the best lure. Use minnows for crappie and experiment to find the best depth.

Lake Sequoyah

Angler Mike McBride recommends fishing for black bass early with top-water lures. Worms or crickets should work for bluegill. For catfish, try liver or cut bait to catch channel catfish. Go with small sunfish to target flathead catfish. The lake is open from sunrise to sunset.

Bella Vista

Nick Gann at Hook, Line and Sinker in Bella Vista said bluegill fishing is good 15 to 20 feet deep with worms or crickets. Try for black bass at night with spinner baits in dark colors. Plastic worms work best for daytime bass fishing. Catfish are biting well on nightcrawlers or worms.

Please note that fishing in Bella Vista is open only to POA members and their guests.

Swepco Lake

Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs recommends fishing for black bass at night with 10-inch plastic worms in dark colors. Try top water lures at first light and last light.

Illinois River

Stroud recommends fishing for black bass with tube baits or 4-inch plastic lizards worked in deep water.

Eastern Oklahoma

Fish for black bass at night with deep-diving crank baits, Stroud suggests. Try top-water lures early.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports largemouth bass fishing is fair at Grand Lake with crank baits or plastic worms around bush, rocks and docks. Blue catfish are biting cut bait or stink bait near the dam. White bass are biting Alabama rigs or jigs along main lake points.

Lake Tenkiller is fishing fair for black bass with plastic worms, spinner baits or jig and pigs worked around brush, rocks and along points.

Table Rock Lake

Focused Fishing Guide service reports black bass are biting jigging spoons or plastic worms on drop-shot rig 20 to 35 feet deep over the tops of trees in the upper and midlake areas. Keep a top-water lure handy in case bass start chasing shad on the surface.

Bass are biting well in the Arkansas portion of the Long Creek arm on jig and pigs or plastic worms around isolated cover.

— Compiled by Flip Putthoff