State fishing report

Posted: April 20, 2017 at 2:33 a.m.

CENTRAL;BASS;BREAM;CATFISH;CRAPPIE

BREWER;Excellent;Fair;--;--

CONWAY;Good;Excellent;Good;Excellent

GREERS FERRY;Good;Good;Good;Good

HARRIS BRAKE;Good;--;--;Fair

MAUMELLE;Good;Excellent;Good;Good

OVERCUP;Good;Good;Good;Poor

SUNSET;Good;Fair;Good;Fair

SALINE RIVER (BENTON);Good;Fair;Good;Fair

NORRELL;Fair;Good;Poor;Fair

PECKERWOOD;Excellent;Excellent;Excellent;Excellent

WILLASTEIN;Excellent;--;Excellent;--

WINONA;Good;Good;Good;Good

ARKANSAS RIVER (MAUMELLE POOL);Fair;Good;--;--

ARKANSAS RIVER (MORRILTON);Good;--;Good;Fair

ARKANSAS RIVER (CADRON);Excellent;--;Excellent;--

LITTLE MAUMELLE RIVER;Good;--;--;Good

ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK);Fair;Excellent;Good;Fair

BISHOP PARK PONDS;--;Fair;Good;Fair

LITTLE RED RIVER (GREERS FERRY TAILWATER) Due to a problem with generation at Table Rock Dam, Greers Ferry was used to regulate the grid starting Wednesday. This means that one unit or more of generation is running through today, with generation going back to normal Friday.

NORTH;BASS;BREAM;CATFISH;CRAPPIE

BULL SHOALS;Good;--;--;Good

NORFORK;--;--;--;Poor

BULL SHOALS TAILWATER Water releases have occurred in late afternoon. Rainbow trout fishing is improving. Shrimp and PowerBaits are excellent. Also try the Bleeder Series of smaller Rapalas. Use red hooks, with flashes of red on the body of your lure. Red/gold spoons are working well, as are silver/black Rapalas with a cut-throat slash. Fly fishermen are having success with silver/red midges. Try a slightly larger hook, size 14 or 12. Brown trout fishing has slowed.

NORTH FORK RIVER There has been more wadable water on the Norfork. The best fishing revolves around caddis hatches. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (sizes 18, 20, 22) like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (sizes 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 No. 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.

SOUTH-CENTRAL;BASS;BREAM;CATFISH;CRAPPIE

FELSENTHAL;Good;Fair;--;Poor

COLUMBIA;Good;--;--;--

TRI-COUNTY;--;--;--;--

NORTHWEST;BASS;BREAM;CATFISH;CRAPPIE

BEAVER;Good;--;Poor;Excellent

BEAVER TAILWATER Many trout have been stocked below Beaver Dam and at the Bertrand Boat Ramp late. Numerous fishermen report catching exceptional quality fish. Try fishing the Twin Rock area adjacent to Parker Bottoms Campground, Cain Break and the turn-around as starters. Upstream from Parkers Bottoms in the Trophy Management Area, fly-fishermen are reporting catching quality fish.

ELMDALE;Good;--;--;--

FAYETTEVILLE;Good;Fair;Good;--

SEQUOYAH;Good;Fair;Good;Excellent

NORTHEAST;BASS;BREAM;CATFISH;CRAPPIE

CROWN;Good;Good;Good;Good

POINSETT;Excellent;Fair;Excellent;Excellent

SPRING RIVER Wading conditions are excellent, and the fishing is very good. Trout fishing has been great with high numbers caught on olive Woollies and big nymphs. Hot pink Trout Magnets have been great on spinning tackle.

SOUTHWEST;BASS;BREAM;CATFISH;CRAPPIE

MILLWOOD;Good;Excellent;Good;Excellent

GREESON;Good;--;Good;Good

WEST-CENTRAL;BASS;BREAM;CATFISH;CRAPPIE

ATKINS;Good;Fair;Fair;Fair

DARDANELLE;Excellent;Excellent;Excellent;Excellent

DEGRAY;Fair;Fair;--;Good

OUACHITA;Excellent;Fair;Good;Excellent

HAMILTON;--;--;--;--

NIMROD;--;Excellent;Excellent;Poor

CATHERINE Numerous cold fronts and open flood gates have slowed the bite considerably the last several days, but warmer weather and stable conditions will improve fishing. Fly-fishermen are handicapped somewhat with the lake at normal levels but still able to access areas that hold good numbers of trout and are recording limits by casting micro-jigs in black or white colors with a strike indicator.

SOUTHEAST;BASS;BREAM;CATFISH;CRAPPIE

ARKANSAS RIVER (PINE BLUFF POOL);--;--;--;--

CANE CREEK;--;Fair;Fair;Good

CHICOT;Poor;Poor;Fair;Poor

NOTE For more detailed information on baits and lures, go to: agfc.state.ar.us/fishing/fishingreport.htm

Sports on 04/20/2017