Tuesday, January 31st, 2023
Tuesday, January 31st, 2023

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fishing report for Jan.21

CENTRAL ARKANSAS:

Lake Conway: The water is clear and about a foot low. Bream are
slow, but a few have been caught on worms and crickets. Crappie are
fair on small pink or silver minnows or on blue/white, pink/white
or pearl white Crappie Stingers. Bass are slow. Catfish are
slow.

Gold Creek Landing: The crappie are biting fairly well 7-9 feet
deep on white/chartreuse jigs and rosy red minnows. All other
species are slow.

Little Red River: The water has cleared up quite a bit. The
generators are running in the morning, but the level is staying
low. Crankbaits, Rogues and Little Cleo spoons are working well in
the current. Wax worms and Power Bait are working around the
clock.

Greers Ferry Powerhouse: Releases should be fairly predictable
with a few hours of release every morning and again in the late
afternoon. Large and frequent midge hatches continue to come off
most days along the Little Red. Most of these tiny but tasty trout
morsels are cream colored in about a hook size 26. Trout are
“looking up” during a midge hatch most afternoons.

The lake level is falling and the water temperature from 31
degrees all the way to 50 degrees on warm afternoons. Parts of the
upper end even froze with last week’s cold temperature.

Harris Brake Lake: The water is clear and at normal levels.
Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows. Bream are slow. Bass are
fair. Catfishing is poor.

Lake Overcup: The water is at normal level. Crappie are biting
fairly well on pearl white Crappie Stingers and minnows.

Brewer Lake: The water is at normal level. Bream are fair on
redworms fished near the bank. Crappie are biting well on small
minnows and white/chartreuse jigs fished over brush piles. Bass and
catfish are slow.

Lake Valencia: Bass are fair on minnows. Trout are biting well
on redworms and Power Bait.

Sunset Lake: Crappie are biting well on Tennessee shad-colored
grubs in 13 feet of water. Bass are excellent in brush around
10-feet deep on small jigs tipped with a minnow. Catfishing is fair
on prepared bait.

Saline River Access in Benton: Bass are biting well on
brown/orange jigs and crawdad-colored crankbaits in areas with 6 to
7 feet of water. Walleye are biting well on pumpkinseed grubs.

Lake Pickthorne: Crappie are fair on minnows fished around brush
and stumps. Bass are fair on Texas-rigged plastic worms fished in
brush.

Arkansas River at Morrilton: Not many anglers are on the water
because of the weather. Catfishing is very good in deep holes on a
cocktail of shad and worms below the dam. Stripers are below the
dam and are biting well on live bream fished on a slip float about
6 feet deep. Kentucky bass are biting well around the points of the
jetties on vertically jigged spoons and heavy jig heads with a grub
trailer.

Clear Lake: The water is clear and at normal levels. Crappie are
biting well on minnows. Bass are fair on watermelon candy-colored
soft-plastics and jigs.

Peckerwood Lake: Closed until February.

NORTH ARKANSAS:

White River: The catch-and-release section below Bull Shoals Dam
will open Feb. 1. It also is nearing time for the shad kill.
Threadfin shad will be drawn through the turbines on the dams. The
shad are tasty to the spawned out browns just below the dam. For
the shad kill to occur we must have very cold conditions coupled
with high generation. The gulls feeding just below the dam will
signal the start of the action. The state park is fishing well. The
hot fly here has been the peach egg and various midge patterns. Be
careful on lower flows to avoid walking through redds. On higher
flows, try brightly colored San Juan worms with an egg dropper. The
catch-and-release section at Rim Shoals is fishing well.

Crooked Creek: Slow with all the cold weather and water.

Norfork Lake: One day it’s in the 50s, the next in the low 30s.
The water surface temperature is in the low 40s. Fishing has been
fair. Almost all fish had an excellent spawn last year, including
the baitfish.

Norfork Tailwater: One day is poor and the next is excellent.
The most productive times have been during the week when it is not
crowded. Dry Run Creek has been fishing well as always. With the
projected cold weather, be sure and bundle your youngster up.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

Beaver Tailwaters: Has been fishing well. The fish are in small
areas and are not spread out. Once you get into fish the fishing is
fast and furious. Closer to the dam, the best flies have been in
light colors. Downstream, darker colors are hooking up with fish.
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS

Crown Lake: Tthe water is clear and at normal level. There has
been no fishing activity at all on the lake lately.

Spring River: Mark Crawford at Spring River Fly Shop said
water

levels are low. Fishing has been good with trustworthy flies
like

the crackleback, woolly bugger and egg patterns. On warm
days,

hatches of mayflies and caddis are coming up.

SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS

Millwood Lake: Clarity along the main channel in the lake and
Little River improved to 5-9 inches of visibility. Main lake and
Little River water surface temperatures range from 44-49 degrees,
depending on location and time of day. Bass from 2 to 4 pounds are
biting slow-moving Rat-L-Traps during the few warm hours of the
day. The most consistent reaction bite during the heat of the day
remains on jigs crawled over stumps and laydowns. The Mud Lake
entrance to Little River is finally getting good water clarity
again.

DeGray Lake: The surface water temperature is 45 degrees.
The

water is clear with a slight stain above Point Cedar. Bass
are

still on their deep winter pattern, holding at 25-40 feet.
Best

producers have been a heavy jig and trailer, jigging spoons
and

finesse worms. Fish just above the brush. No reports on bream
or

catfish.

WEST-CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Lake Dardanelle: Crappie fishing is still strong, but the fish
are on the small side near the marina.

Ozark Pool: The water is at normal level and clarity. Crappie
are biting fairly well in the backwaters.

Lake Ouachita: The water is clear and the surface temperature is
44 degrees. Largemouth bass are fair. The best action has come on
jigs and lipless crankbaits around main-lake points in water 20 to
30 feet deep. Walleye are fair on spoons fished over brush on
main-lake points.

Lake Hamilton: Larry Hurley from Poorman

Lake Catherine: Rainbow trout fishing below the dam
is

excellent. Water temperature is in the high 40s, which has
allowed

fly anglers casting small streamers to hook rainbows at will.
Bank

fishermen are still recording limits by using nightcrawlers
and

redworms fished under a bobber. Striper and hybrid action has
been

very spotty at best.

SOUTH-CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Tri-County Lake: Many crappie fishermen are having luck on
shiners and plain artificial jigs in light colors. A few large
catfish were being caught on yo-yos.

Ouachita River Oxbows: Bass were biting decently this weekend
on

1/4-oz. jigs and light-colored crankbaits fished around 6-8
feet

deep. Some people are catching crappie in running streams
swimming

small light-colored jigs around cover.

EAST ARKANSAS:

Arkansas River at Pine Bluff: Bream are fair on worms and
crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs. Bass are
biting well on crankbaits. Catfishing is good on nightcrawlers and
cut bait.

White River: The water is clear and low. Bream are slow.
Crappie are picking up on minnows. Walleye fishing is picking up
and they are biting well on any minnow-imitation or live
bait.

Horseshoe Lake: The water has excellent clarity and the water
level is normal. Bream are biting very well on wax worms fished
between the piers on docks. A few crappie have been caught on
minnows. Bass are slow. Catfishing is good on stinkbait and chicken
liver.

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