NWA fishing report
The striped bass has settled in the Midlake area, between Rocky Branch and Horseshoe Bend parks.
Reese Jones of Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers recommends early striper fishing with surface lures or a loose liner with brood minnows.
For black bass, try surface lures early. Alabama rigs, spinning baits, or crawdad crank baits can work later in the day. The average surface water temperature is between the low to mid-1950s.
Southtown Sporting Goods in Fayetteville reports striped bass fishing is inconsistent, but strippers can be caught with minnows. Use minnows or crappie jigs 10 to 12 feet deep around the brush.
Beaver Dam Store recommends fishing for trout with swollen nocturnal caterpillars using a worm blower. Strong baits in bright colors are good to use. Good colors are white, red, orange, and rainbow.
Try fly fishing for trout with size 12 or 14 nymphs or scuds. Power generation at Beaver Dam takes place on cold mornings, creating higher and faster flows.
David Powell, of the lake office, said crappie fishing was good with hair jigs caught near the intake tower near the south side of the 4- to 20-foot-deep dam. Try the jig and pigs for the black bass. No reports on catfish or bluegill.
Mike Carver, of the lake office, said crappies were captured near the old White River bridge with minnows or jigs at varying depths. Use crickets for bluegill. Try live crappie or cut bait for catfish.
Hook, Line and Sinker in Bella Vista recommends fishing for black bass in creeks with crank baits or Alabama rigs. Catfish bite nocturnal caterpillars. The trout of Lake Brittany bite the teaspoons and the Power Bait.
Please note that fishing at Bella Vista is only open to POA members and their guests.
Kenny Stroud at Siloam Springs recommends fishing for black bass with Ned rigs or plastic worms. Try surface lures at dawn and dusk.
Sources of Siloam, crystal lakes
Stroud recommends fishing for crappie with minnows or jigs.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports good crappie fishing at Tenkiller Lake. Use minnows or tube jigs around brush and docks. Largemouth bass fishing is just right with crank baits, plastic worms or a jig and pigs.
Table Rock Lake
Focused Fishing Guide Service said the best way to catch black bass is to deep fish with a drop-shot mount, jigging spoon, or vertically fished swim bait. Fish where there is shad around brush piles or treetops 30 to 50 feet deep. Try a jig and a pig around an insulated blanket such as a pile of rocks or brush.
– Compiled by Flip Putthoff