Bois d'Arc Lake Crappie Future Bright
Bois d'Arc Lake Crappie Future Bright
Dec. 16, 2015

Bois d'Arc Lake Crappie Future Bright

Fisheries biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recently conducted trap net sampling on Bois d'Arc Lake in Hempstead County to assess the fishery's crappie population. Catch rates exceeded 90 white crappie per trap net night in November, most of which were from this year's spawn. A handful of crappie were taken for age and growth samples, but the vast majority were released. Anglers can expect to see high catch rates of crappie beginning in 2017, from this strong year class.
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Central Arkansas

(Updated 12-16-2015) Bates Field and Stream (501-470-1846) said the water is stained and at normal level. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets in 4 to 6 feet of water about 20 feet from the bank. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished 6 to 9 feet deep around Gold Creek and the Highway 89 Bridge. Bass are biting fairly well on top-water lures and white spinnerbaits fished around creek channels in 6 to 8 feet of water. Catfishing has been excellent on yo-yos and limb lines baited with large trotline minnows and goldfish around cypress trees.

(Updated 12-16-2015) Daniel Zajac at Gold Creek Landing (501-607-0590) said crappie are biting well early in the morning and late in the evening on jigs or minnows. Anglers have been catching them both shallow and deep. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers. Bream are fair on redworms fished near the bottom. 

(Updated 12-16-2015) Lowell Myers of Sore Lip ‘em All Guide Service said the Little Red is receiving one unit of generation 24 hours a day. This generation pattern is expected to continue until the lake falls below 463 feet.  Egg patterns, San Juan worms, micro jigs and soft hackles are working well for fly-fishers. For Trout Magnet fishing, cotton candy and purple bodies on silver and chartreuse jig heads are working well. The key for both fly-fishing and Trout Magnet fishing during heavy generation is the ability to get the fly/Trout Magnet down with additional weight, long drifts and maintaining a good presentation. 

(Updated 12-16-2015) Greg Seaton with Little Red Fly Fishing Trips (501-690-9166) said the Little Red is running one generator around the clock. Water is clearing after the weekend’s rain. Drift fishing remains the only option and care should be taken to safely navigate the high water.  Large flies such as micro jigs, egg patterns and San Juan worms are the best options.  

(Updated 12-16-2015) James Dillard at Tailwater Fishing Company (501-207-1770) said the water continues to be high. The Corps of Engineers is releasing about 6,500 cfs through one turbine and the floodgates. Wading opportunities are virtually nonexistent. Fishing from a boat has been excellent using egg patterns and San Juan worms.

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 464.64 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 462.04 msl).

(Updated 12-16-2015) Tommy Cauley of Fish Finder Guide Service said the water level is 2.6 feet above normal pool and falling. Bass fishing continues to be good with the off-colored water. Use spinnerbaits, small crankbaits and jigs shallow. Deeper fish out to 40 feet deep can be caught on a Carolina rig, football head jig, and drop-shot rig. Walleye are scattered with all the new water and the flood gates open as they are headed to pre-spawn areas. Check points, bridge pilings and other structure near channels and troll large crankbaits 25 to 45 feet deep in 60 to 80 feet of water. The bream have really slowed but some can be taken in 20 to 35 feet of water on drop-shotted crickets. Crappie are suspended in 15 to 25 feet of water around any type of wood cover on jigs or minnows fished slowly with very little movement. Hybrid and white bass are biting well. Find the shad in 25 to 50 feet of water and you should find the hybrids and whites willing to bite on swim baits, in-line spinners, spoons and some top-water baits.

(Updated 12-16-2015) Harris Brake Lakeside Resort (501-889-2745) said the water is dirty and very high, with some water touching the bottom of the docks. Crappie are biting well on minnows fished out toward the middle of the lake near the main channel. No report on any other species.

(Updated 12-16-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said the crappie are biting on minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Itty Bit Swim’Rs in monkey milk, pennyback shad, blue ice shimmer and Cajun cricket in 6 to 10 feet of water. Catfishing is good on worms, shad and minnows. Bass are biting buzzbaits and worms. White bass are biting well on Johnson Silver Minnows and Bobby Garland Itty Bit Swim’Rs. Bream are biting on crickets and worms.  

Overcup Landing had no report.

Jolly Roger’s Marina had no report.

Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said a few nice crappie have been biting on no. 6 crappie minnows and Tennessee shad-colored Kalin’s 2-inch grubs. Catfish have been fair on nightcrawlers and bait shrimp. No word on bream. Bass have been biting well on brood minnows and no. 12 bass minnows.

Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said it's walleye time. They have been biting well on brood minnows. Smallmouth and spotted bass also have been caught on brooders. A 4-inch green pumpkin lizard also has been deadly on the smallmouth. Crappie have been doing well on no. 6 crappie minnows in about 3 feet of water. Some anglers have been getting a few catfish on nightcrawlers or trotlines baited with goldfish. 

Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said crappie have been biting well on pink crappie minnows. Catfish are biting on no. 12 bass minnows and nightcrawlers. Bream have biting fairly well on crickets. Norrell has always been an excellent lake for redear bream.

Lisa's Bait Shop in Benton (501-778-6944) said some customers have been catching crappie on no. 6 crappie minnows and blue/white jigs. Bass and catfish been hitting no. 12 bass minnows . No report on bream.

​(Updated 12-16-2015) River Valley Marina (501-517-1250) said the water is muddy and should be back at normal level in a couple of days. The recent rain shut things down, but fishing was good before that and should improve with some stable weather. 

(Updated 12-16-2015) The folks at Fish ’N Stuff (501-834-5733) said the water is high and muddy. No anglers have been in the shop with duck season in full swing and rainy weather.  

(Updated 12-16-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is muddy and at normal level. Crappie are biting well on minnows. No report on any other species.

(Updated 12-16-2015) McSwain Sports Center (501-945-2471) said the water is muddy and high. Crappie are biting well on minnows. No report on any other species.    

Herman's Landing (870-241-3731) is closed from Oct. 31 through the end of duck season. 

North Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 662.64 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).

(Updated 12-9-2015) Bull Shoals Boat Dock said water temperatures are still warmer than average. Anglers have caught fish in the back third of the larger creek arms if there were baitfish present. Always look for shad balls on your graph and the colder temperatures have the loons and gulls over the bait. A ½-oz. War Eagle spinnerbait in sexy mouse has worked around wood in the back of the coves as well. Rapala DT 10 crankbaits in shad colors, and Right Bite green pumpkin/orange jigs with Zoom green trailers are working on windy points from one to 15 feet deep. Some fish are already staging in their winter areas and anglers are already catching a lot of bass paralleling vertical bluff ends, using a Megabass Vision 110 in blue2 and a Rapala Shadow Rap in blue green. A Storm Wiggle Wart is also a good lure to use along small bluffs and transitions to chunk rock. K Dock Marina (417-334-2880) had no report.

(Updated 12-16-2015) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is fairly clear and high with seven to eight generators running. Not many fish are being caught lately, but they’re bound to be feeding and putting on the weight with the high water. 

(Updated 12-9-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the catch-and-release section below Bull Shoals Dam will close Nov. 1, 2015-Jan. 31, 2016, to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The state park will be seasonal catch-and-release for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period. On the White, we had much heavy generation this week with no wadable water. The hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (size 8-10), Y2Ks (size 12-14), prince nymphs (size 14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead, size 16-18), pheasant tails (size 14), ruby midges (size 18), root beer midges (size 18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (size 10), and sow bugs (size 16). Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (my current favorite is a hot fluorescent pink or cerise San Juan worm with a black midge suspended below it).

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 555.53 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).

(Updated 12-9-2015) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the water is 6½ feet above pool and the lake temperature is dropping with the cold weather. The shad will move out of the creeks and into the river channel when the water temperature hits the high 40s to lwo 50s. The early part of the winter fishing pattern is the flats. Stripers move to the shallow water no deeper than 60 feet, and school up, feeding on small shad. Right now Float Creek, Mallard Point, Howard Cove, and the entrance to Panther Bay Marina are the best places to find active stripers. Once the water gets cooler the shad will move to the main channel between the bridges heading towards Bidwell Point up to Howard Cove. The live bait users are catching stripers using shad and shiners and the artificial users are catching stripers and white bass on spoons. Find the shad and you will find the fish.

(Updated 12-2-2015) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said the water is rising slowly with the latest rain. Generation is sporadic, but should crank up soon to bring the lake back to normal pool. The creeks and coves are stained with the main lake partly stained to clear, depending on location. The surface water temperature this morning was 58 to 59 degrees. The fall bite is on. If you are looking to catch a lot of fish, with live or artificial bait, you need to come to Norfork Lake. Big schools of striped bass, hybrid bass and white bass are roaming the large flat areas in 30 to 50 feet of water. For the last five days the bite has been consistently good with a lot of fish being caught. I have been mainly vertical jigging with a spoon, bouncing the spoon off the bottom or when I see suspended fish reeling up to them and jigging in the school. There has been some top water action for stripers with a few fish surfacing while feeding on shad. Good electronics are definitely helpful this time of year. You will need to graph an area until you find the fish then start fishing. Also look for seagulls. If you notice these birds diving into the water, there will be feeding fish nearby. Trolling a 5- to 6-inch swim bait will also catch some fish. Set your baits at different depths between 20 and 50 feet. Live shiners, thread fin shad and gizzard shad are also working very well. The shiners will be the easiest as you can buy them at a local bait and tackle shop. You may be asking yourself where are these flats that Lou keeps mentioning, so here you go. In the mid lake area, then going up river: southeast of Robinson Island, northwest side of the 101 bridge, in front of Mallard Point, east side of Cranfield Island, Seward Point, in front of Briar Creek, East of Howard Cove going towards Talbert Point. There are definitely other areas down toward the dam, going farther up river, or back in the bayou area, but the listed flats are the ones I will be fishing until the fish go into their winter pattern. The other locations where stripers will be found are part way back into the major creeks. I have been having too much fun on the flats and have not had a chance to check them out, but typically they are there, especially with rising water. Crappie have moved under the dock at Humminbird Hideaway and have also moved onto the brush piles in 30 to 40 feet of water. These fish will be at different depths depending on the time of day. Live crappie minnows are working the best, but small jigs with a paddle tail or a twister tail are also doing well. Bass are also moving into the brush as well as up to the banks. Jerk bait time is for the most part here, so start throwing those stick baits. Spinners are also producing fish, but best method is still working your plastics along the bottom slowly. 

(Updated 12-9-2015) Guide Steve Olomon said the water is up about 5 ½ feet with the recent rains. The surface water temperature is in the upper 50s. Look for the stripers on flats. There are some surface-feeding at night, hitting stickbaits. Bass are hitting crankbaits and spinnerbaits thrown along the outside of the flooded brush. Deeper bass are hitting a drop-shotted or Texas-rigged worm and jigs. They will also hit a jigging spoon.

(Updated 12-9-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said there has been no wadable water lately. The Norfork has fished much better of late. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (size 18-22) like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (size 14-16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended 18 inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise size 10). There have been reliable hatches of small midges (try a size 24 Adams parachute) and caddis (try a size 18 elk hair caddis). The fishing is better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday. My favorite combination has been a cerise worm with a Sunday special dropper.

Northwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,125.43 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).

(Updated 12-16-2015) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is high and the recent rain made it a bit cloudy. Stripers are being caught on topwater lures and live bait from Rocky Branch to the dam. Bass are biting well on crankbaits and jerkbaits in the middle section of the lake. No report on catfish, crappie or bream. 

(Updated 12-9-2015) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the water temperature is in the high 50s to low 60s. Stripers are using deep water next to road beds, gravel bars, tree lines and bluffs. The stripers in the White River and War Eagle arms are in clear water pockets or close to the banks and on the bottom along gravel bars. Use the mud line to your advantage, as it often concentrates schools baitfish and stripers. The bite will improve after this cold front gets settled and the weather gets back to normal. Striper fishing should be good on live shad taken on live shad fished from the surface down 25 to 30 feet deep. Also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs (chartreuse for stained water) or plugs on flat lines or slightly weighted lines. Rapala no. 14 Husky Jerks in black back or purple back colors and 5- to 6-inch Smithwick Rogues in similar colors are working well. Striper are also being caught at night by trolling main lake points with large surface lures like Redfins and Rapalas on bottom bouncers or 3-way rigs, Don’t be afraid to go big for hungry striper. Indian Creek still has some stripers in it. Check past the marina near the power lines.  The hot spots are Coppermine, Ventris, Shaddox Hollow, the Highway 12 Bridge, Prairie Creek and Coose Hollow. The further upriver you go, the better. Hickory Creek is hot right now, as are War Eagle and the White River upstream of Point 12. Most walleye have moved to the second drop and are being caught about 20-30ft deep they can be caught using a variety of methods. Three-way rigging Rapalas in natural colors for clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in areas of stained water. Try shad raps in natural colors and rattle traps trolled at 1-2mph. Bink pro scale 1-oz jigging spoons in white or white/chart combo are producing walleye.

(Updated 12-9-2015) Beaver Dam Store said fishing has been slow, but the bite is still there. A few spotted bass and smallmouth have been caught on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and shaky head jigs with trick worms. Drop-shot fishing has been the best producer for bass lately. A 7/8-oz. War Eagle Superspoon has been working well on all species.


(Updated 12-9-2015) Austin Kennedy of Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service (479-640-8733) said trout fishing has been quite pleasant with the current generation schedule. Trout are biting on various Power Baits fished on light terminal tackle. Throwing a ¼-oz. spoon is bringing good results as well. The water levels are slightly high, but you are still able to fish from public access and river banks with ease.

(Updated 12-9-2015) Beaver Dam Store said the store is only open Thursday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during winter. The bite has been good on white, red, chartreuse or pink Power Bait tipped with a wax worm or nightcrawler. Red/gold Buoyant Spoons, nickel/gold Colorado Spoons and silver/blue Little Cleos have been producing fish as well. Fly-fishing has been best with Y2K bugs and olive, blue dunn or zebra midges. PJ’s Jigs, Trout Magnets and Olive micro-jigs also are working well.

Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said the bait shop at Duck Camp is closed for the season.

(Updated on 12-9-2015) Lake Fayetteville Boat Dock (479-444-3476) said the water is murky and at normal level. Fishing has been slow for all species, but a few fish are being caught here and there.   

(Updated 12-16-2015) Lake Sequoyah Boat Dock (479-444-3475) said the fishing was good, but the rain totally washed everything out. Logs and trees are floating throughout the lake and the fishing is poor.   

Northeast Arkansas

(Updated 12-16-2015) Lake Poinsett State Park said there were some reports of a fair catch of crappie here at Lake Poinsett last week, and the bait shop sold a lot of minnows. No other report came in last week.

(Updated 12-16-2015) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) said the water is 6 inches high and clear. Crappie are biting well on minnows in 15 to 20 feet of water. Largemouth bass are biting well on large crappie jigs in yellow/white or orange/chartreuse fished in 20 feet of water. No report on bream or catfish. 

Lake Frierson State Park had no report. 

(Updated 12-9-2015) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 378 cfs at the spring and water clarity is mostly clear. The river is looking perfect. Brown trout, cutthroats and big rainbows are biting and giving some great action. Woolly buggers and Y2K’s are hot for fly-fishing. Hot pink Trout Magnets and gold spoons or spinners are doing great on the spinning rods. 

​(Updated 12-16-2015) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the water is high and dirty with the recent rain. Bad weather and bad conditions have kept anglers at home lately. No report. 

Southeast Arkansas

(Updated 12-16-2015) The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bass Team said water temperatures are in the low 60s and water clarity is about 1 foot of visibility. Black bass are biting very well, thanks to cooler temperatures and reduced fishing pressure. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits worked slowly along steep rock banks are producing very good-sized fish with relative ease. Black/blue jigs worked in these same areas can also be effective on sunny, calm days. We have a few more weeks of good fishing before everything shuts down and gets difficult around mid- to late January.

(Updated 12-16-2015) Seth Boone at Cane Creek State Park said right before the cold front, Crappie were biting very well on minnows in the beaver pond. Bass are biting well in the early mornings on watermelon worms. Catfish and bream are biting fairly well on live bream and worms.

Lake Chicot State Park had no report.

Southwest Arkansas

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 262.09 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 259.20 msl).

(Updated 12-16-2015) Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake Guide Service said the lake level is 2.2 feet above normal conservation pool and rapidly rising. Current in Little River is very high with the gate discharge level around 27,663 CFS. Use extreme caution with increased current in Little River; watch for floating logs, wide debris fields and subsurface obstructions. Surface temperatures range from 45 to 50 degrees, depending on rain, wind, incoming fresh water, location and time of day. Not many anglers are on the water because of hazardous navigation and current conditions. Water clarity worsened to  0-5 inches of visibility awa from current. The oxbows have 6-12 inches of visibility in the backs away from current. The bass bite slowed with the thunderstorms, current and muddy water. The best action before the rapid increase in lake level was on chatterbaits, and Rat-L-Trap Echo 1.75 Square-billed crankbaits. The best colors were firetiger, chartreuse shiner, gold, and red craw.  Bass Assassin Shads were working very well around remaining vegetation and lily pads. The best colors before this rapid rise and muddy water were gold pepper shiner, grey ghost and rainbow shad.  Tail spinners such as Spin Traps, Little Cleos, Little Georges, Rooster Tails and Rocket Shads are still catching random white bass, spotted bass and largemouth bass slightly deeper. Best colors of tail spinner hard baits like the Little Georges continue to be white, chartreuse, or a combination of those.  Best colors of the Rooster Tails continue to be white/red or red/chrome combinations.  Chrome and blue Johnson Jigging spoons on points with timber or stumps were taking a few bass over the prior week, out of river current in breaks where huge schools of bass are following and chasing shad. All white bass are random and scattered unless you can find a nice school in the back of the clear-water oxbows and away from current in Little River. Crappie disappeared with all the recent inflow of muddy water along Little River. No report on catfish because most catfish anglers stayed off the water this week.

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 545.57 feet msl (Flood pool – 548 msl).

(Updated 12-16-2015) Gary Lammers of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said surface water temperature is 56 degrees. Fresh water flowing in from recent rains has the bass biting well. Bright red or yellow crankbaits in 3 to 8 feet of water and jigs in 12 to 15 feet of water are taking some really nice limits of bass. Alabama rigs are working well off main lake points on warm afternoons. For water safety information, visit

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 407.91 feet msl (flood pool – 408 msl).

Local angler George Graves had no report.

South-Central Arkansas

(Updated 11-4-2015) Stacey Jackson at White Oak Lake State Park (870-685-2748) said bream are biting fairly well on crickets and worms. Catfishing is good using trotlines baited with live bait and using tight lines with worms and prepared catfish baits. No report on crappie or bass. 

Local angler Jaret Rushing had no report.

(Updated 12-16-2015) Buddy Ham at Sportsman's One Stop in El Dorado (870-863-7248) said the river is up about 5 feet. Anglers are still catching bass in the current. A few crappie are being caught in the old river. No report on catfish or bream

(Updated 12-16-2015) Buddy Ham at Sportsman's One Stop in El Dorado (870-863-7248) had no report.

West-Central Arkansas

Lucky Landing (479-641-7615) had no report.

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 357.56 feet msl (full pool – 342 msl). 

(Updated 12-16-2015) Good Ole Boys Trading Post (479-272-4710) said the water is high and muddy. No anglers or hunters have been by lately to give a report. It’s been very slow.   

(Updated 11-24-2015) Whiskers Sporting Goods in Perryville (501-889-2011) said crappie are biting on Bobby Garland Slab Slay’Rs and Itty Bit Swim’Rs in barbecue chicken, Cajun cricket, monkey mild and pennyback shad fished 6 to 10 feet deep. Catfishing is good on worms and minnows. Bream are fair on worms. 

(Updated 12-16-2015) Chuck Morrison at Classic Catch Guide Service (479-774-9117) had no report.

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation was 578.45 feet msl (full pool – 578 msl).

(Updated 12-16-2015) Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort said the water is stained and high. The surface temperature is 50 to 52 degrees. Largemouth bass are biting well on jigs and crankbaits. Spotted bass are still being caught on drop-shot rigs with finesse worms near brush. Stripers are fair on live bait and hair jigs around main lake points and humps. Crappie are biting well near brush in 20 to 30 feet of water on small spoons, minnows and crappie jigs. No report on catfish, bream or walleye. 

(Updated 12-2-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said the rain has really muddied up the water and increased the current through the system. There haven’t been many people fishing right now. Deer season and muddy water has most anglers off the water.   

(Updated 12-2-2015) Tom Duke and Phillip Kastner with Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports Fishing Report in Hot Springs said the rain has really muddied up the water and increased the current through the system. There haven’t been many people fishing right now. Deer season and muddy water has most anglers off the water.   

Darryl Morris at Family Fishing Trips had no report.

(Updated 12-16-2015) Shane Goodner, owner of Catch’em All Guide Service said water temperature below Carpenter Dam is 49 degrees with clearing conditions. Heavy rainfall forced Entergy to open flood gates and schedule heavy flows to maintain the winter drawdown levels. Muddy water and fast currents have subsided now that area lake levels are normal. The rainbow trout season is underway. Trout from 11 to 14 inches are being caught below the dam. Fly fishermen are having success casting egg patterns with a strike indicator on the edges of current flow at the head of the shoals. Trout tend to congregate just out of the main flow to conserve energy. San Juan worms in red and hot pink are also working well. Micro-jigs in black or white are an excellent choice when current is present. Boaters are able to anchor and fish points and sand bars that hold trout even in shallow conditions. Artificial lures, such as Super Dupers in sliver, Little Cleo's in white/chrome and white/brown Rooster Tails are productive in current or slack water. Trolling shallow running crankbaits below the bridge has produced the largest trout some of which were in the 15-inch range. Bank anglers are recording limits of trout on wax worms, redworms, nightcrawlers and crickets fished just off the bottom with a marshmallow floater or under a bobber in slack water over sand bars and  exposed rock structure. White bass migrate into the tailrace in mid-December, chasing threadfin shad. Jerkbaits in black/silver will catch these fish consistently. Live minnows, small jigs and crankbaits will all catch fish primarily in times of current.

East Arkansas

(Updated 11-24-2015) ​Mississippi River State Park (870-295-4040) said crappie are hitting on live minnows and jigs. Chartreuse jigs have worked well when fished off the bottom. Catfish have been good on chicken liver and stink bait. Largemouth bass have been hitting crankbaits off the points. Small black bugs have been producing bream.

(Updated 11-24-2015) ​Mississippi River State Park (870-295-4040) said bream are slow. Crappie have picked up on live minnows and chartreuse jigs fished about 10 feet deep.

(Updated 12-16-2015) Maddox Bay Landing (870-462-8317) said the water is high and stained. The only thing that’s been by the shop has been duck hunters. No report on any fishing with the bad weather.  

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