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NWA Fishing Report

Posted: July 17, 2014 at 5 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Trolling for walleye is good on the south end of Beaver Lake.

Garland Villines at Hickory Creek said good numbers of walleye are being caught by trolling nightcrawler rigs. Points are good places to troll. Be sure to troll slowly, he said. Walleye to 28 inches long have been caught this week.

Crappie fishing is slow. A few are being caught by trolling Bandit 300 crank baits in the river channel.

Black bass are schooling occasionally on the surface and can be caught with top-water lures, white jigs or spoons.

James Whittle at Hook, Line and Sinker said schooling activity is reported on white bass and black bass. Most schooling is at the mouths of creek arms between Horseshoe Bend and Rocky Branch parks. Dawn or dusk fishing is best.

Try plastic worms or jigs for midday black bass fishing. Use nightcrawlers for catfish.

Beaver tailwater: Tom Steinke at the Beaver Dam Store said trout fishing is tough.

Try small midges for fly fishing. Small jigs or Colorado spoons are the top lures. Power Bait and red worms are good trout baits.

Lake Fayetteville: Dolly Black at Lake Fayetteville boat dock said bluegill are biting crickets 2 to 5 feet deep.

Try trolling jigs or minnows to catch crappie. All types of catfish bait are working for catfish.

Lake Sequoyah: Mike McBride at Lake Sequoyah bait shop said catfish are biting all types of catfish baits. Fish near weeds.

Crappie are biting 6 to 10 feet deep. Use worms for bluegill 2 to 10 feet deep. Try plastic worms, spinner baits or crank baits for black bass.

Prairie Grove Lake: Dennis Kruse, lake manager, said black bass are biting top-water lures early. Catfish are biting sunfish or cut bait.

Bluegill are biting in shallow water on crickets or worms. Try the inside edges between the mossbeds and shore.

Siloam Springs Lake: Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said black bass are biting shallow-diving crank baits, plastic worms or grubs.

Illinois River: Stroud said black bass are biting small tube baits, grubs and Rooster Tails.

Bella Vista: Justin McClelland at Hook, Line and Sinker in Bella Vista said bluegill are biting worms or crickets 8 to 14 fet deep at all Bella Vista lakes.

Black bass are biting jigs or plastic worms 12 to 15 feet deep at all lakes. Catfish are biting shrimp or liver.

Eastern Oklahoma: Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said black bass at Lake Eucha are biting buzz baits at dawn and dusk. Try plastic worms or deep-diving crank baits later in the day.

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports fair largemouth bass fishing at Grand Lake with jigs or crank baits along points. Crappie are fair on minnows or jigs around docks. Catfish are slow. A few are being caught with cut bait.

-- Compiled by Flip Putthoff

Outdoors on 07/17/2014

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