State fishing report

Posted: February 1, 2018 at 2:13 a.m.

CENTRAL BASS BREAM CATFISH CRAPPIE

BREWER -- -- -- --

CLEAR -- Poor Good Good

CONWAY -- Good Good Good

GREERS FERRY Fair -- -- Fair

HARRIS BRAKE -- -- -- Excellent

MAUMELLE Poor -- -- Poor

OVERCUP Fair Poor Poor Good

SUNSET Fair -- Fair Fair

SALINE RIVER (BENTON) Good -- -- --

NORRELL -- -- -- Poor

WINONA Good -- Fair Poor

ARKANSAS RIVER (CADRON) -- -- -- --

ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK) Poor Good -- Good

ARKANSAS RIVER (MAUMELLE POOL) -- -- -- Excellent

ARKANSAS RIVER (MORRILTON) -- -- -- --

BISHOP PARK PONDS -- -- -- Fair

LITTLE MAUMELLE RIVER Fair -- -- Excellent

LITTLE RED RIVER (GREERS FERRY TAILWATER) The river is low with the upper section of the river clear, middle section cloudy and the lower section dingy. The river is slow to clear after runoff from rain over the watershed. It will take 3-4 hours of two-unit generation to clear the lower river. Fishing has been fair to good on the upper half of the river and slow on the lower section. Sowbugs, midges, soft hackles and Woolly Buggers are working well for fly anglers. Pink and white Trout Magnets are recommended for spin fishing.

LAKE PICKTHORNE -- -- -- --

NORTH BASS BREAM CATFISH CRAPPIE

BULL SHOALS Good -- -- --

NORFORK -- -- -- --

WHITE RIVER Sculpins and shad imitators are best for big brown trout. Gold and red Cleos have been proving successful for wade and bank fishermen, and you'll fill your creel with legal rainbows using white egg patterns.

NORFORK TAILWATER The Norfork has cleared substantially but has fished poorly. 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 #10). The fishing is better in the morning. John's favorite rig has been a Y2K with a ruby midge dropper. Dry Run Creek has cleared some and still fishing well. The brown trout have moved in for the spawn. The hot flies have been sowbugs (size 14), Y2Ks (size 12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise size 10).

SOUTH-CENTRAL BASS BREAM CATFISH CRAPPIE

COLUMBIA -- -- -- --

FELSENTHAL Poor Poor Poor Poor

WHITE OAK Good Good -- Excellent

NORTHWEST BASS BREAM CATFISH CRAPPIE

BEAVER Good -- -- --

BEAVER TAILWATER Trout fishing has been good this week. Most trout are being caught between Houseman Access and U.S. Highway 62 bridge. The river is quite low, but the deep holes are holding some very nice fish. Trout are biting on various quarter-ounce spoons and various PowerBaits fished with light terminal tackle. When water is flowing, throw quarter-ounce spoons. Flick'r shad are also doing the job. Typical good lures here are gold and silver Colorado Spoons, red and gold Bouyant Spoons, and Flicker Shad in Pro Series Nos. 4 and 5. Good PowerBait colors are white, red, orange, yellow, chartreuse and peach. Good flies are pheasant tails, midges in blue dun, black, olive, hare's ear, tungsten Copper Johns, WD 40s, Trout Magnets and San Juan worms.

FAYETTEVILLE Fair Fair -- Poor

SEQUOYAH -- -- Fair Fair

NORTHEAST BASS BREAM CATFISH CRAPPIE

CROWN Fair -- -- --

SPRING RIVER Olive Woollies and White Lightnings are hot with a downward cast with short fast strips back upstream. On tough days, a Y2K with a small dropper like a red midge or micro nymph is the way to go. Over the last month some really big fish have been caught. Hot pink and white Trout Magnets always catch fish on the Spring River.

SOUTHWEST BASS BREAM CATFISH CRAPPIE

COLUMBIA -- -- -- Fair

MILLWOOD Poor -- Poor Poor

GREESON Fair -- -- Fair

WEST-CENTRAL BASS BREAM CATFISH CRAPPIE

ATKINS -- -- -- --

BAILEY -- -- -- --

CATHERINE Fair -- -- --

DARDANELLE -- -- -- --

DEGRAY Fair -- -- Good

OUACHITA Good -- -- Fair

HAMILTON -- Excellent Excellent --

NIMROD Fair -- -- Good

CATHERINE -- -- -- --

LAKE HAMILTON TAILWATER Periods of no generation are best for bank fishermen to catch limits of rainbow trout using corn or waxworms with a marshmallow floater. Redworms and nightcrawlers used in the same manner have also produced nice catches. PowerBaits presented just on the bottom or under a bobber are also working well from the bank or boat. Spin fishermen casting small jigs across the current around exposed rock structure have taken the largest trout this past week. Rooster Tails in white or brown are also effective fished in the current or slack water. Crawfish or minnow imitations that run 3-5 feet deep will draw consistent strikes from rainbows looking to feed on injured shad. Fly-fishermen are able to wade to areas that hold good numbers of fish and are having success casting egg patterns in white or yellow under a strike indicator. Egg imitators are highly effective. Micro-jigs in white or black have quickly taken numbers of trout in the 12- to 15-inch class. San Juan worms in red or hot pink give fishermen a nice change in approach. Trout Magnets fished 3-7 feet deep have really racked up fish numbers. It seems that all colors are working, with a slight edge in white.

SOUTHEAST BASS BREAM CATFISH CRAPPIE

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

CANE CREEK Fair Poor -- Good

CHICOT -- -- -- --

MONTICELLO -- -- -- --

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

Sports on 02/01/2018