Fishing Hot Spots

Posted: March 1, 2018 at 2:39 a.m.

A map showing the location of Arkansas fishing spots.

LAKE OUACHITA The lake is at flood stage, 583.72 feet msl. Water temperature is 52 to 54 degrees and muddy. Black bass are biting jigs and Alabama rigs, as are Rat-L-Traps and jerkbaits. Walleye are staging for a spawning run and are moving up the river and major creek channels. Stripers are still biting Alabama rigs in major creek channels on the central and western part of the lake. Crappie fishing are being caught on minnows near structure in depths of 30 to 40 feet.

LAKE HAMILTON Many 5-pounders were caught during a high school bass tournament last weekend, and others have had excellent success throwing Alabama rigs and jigs. Water is entering the lake, and bass are biting crankbaits in the creeks, especially Rat-L-Traps.

BEAVER LAKE Walleyes are fattening up and can be found 20- to 40-feet deep depending on the area. Use three-way rigging Rapalas in natural colors for clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in areas of stained water. Try Rapala Tail Dancers, Bagley Rumble B's, Flicker Shad, Bandit 300 Series and Arkie 350s in colors that include orange and chartreuse. Also try slow death rigs and spinner rigs on bottom bouncers in orange/chartreuse. Bink Pro Scale 1-ounce jigging spoons in white or white/chartreuse combo and a variety of jigs will also produce walleye.

Sports on 03/01/2018