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CENTRAL BASS BREAM CATFISH CRAPPIE

BREWER Fair -- -- Fair

CLEAR -- Poor Good Good

CONWAY Good Good Good Good

GREERS FERRY Fair -- -- Good

HARRIS BRAKE -- -- -- --

MAUMELLE Good -- -- Good

NORRELL Good -- -- Poor

OVERCUP -- -- -- --

SALINE RIVER (BENTON) Good -- Fair Fair

SUNSET Good -- Fair Good

WINONA Excellent -- Good Good

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

ARKANSAS RIVER (LITTLE ROCK) Poor -- -- Good

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

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

BISHOP PARK PONDS -- -- -- --

LITTLE MAUMELLE RIVER Fair -- -- Fair

LITTLE RED RIVER (GREERS FERRY TAILWATER) The river is clear and low, with generation in the mornings from about 6-10 a.m. Midges and some caddis are beginning to emerge. When the caddis are coming off, try a Red Ass tied with fluorescent green thread. Trout are taking small sowbugs, midge pupa, size 10 Woolly Buggers and size 16 mayfly emergers. Always check before heading to the Little Red River by calling the Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock District water data system (501) 362-5150 for Greers Ferry Dam water release information or check the Corps of Engineers website (www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil) for real-time water release and the Southwestern Power Administration website (swpa.gov) to see forecasted generation schedule.

LAKE PICKTHORNE -- -- -- --

NORTH BASS BREAM CATFISH CRAPPIE

BULL SHOALS Good -- -- --

NORFORK -- -- -- Good

WHITE RIVER With the cold weather should spark more generation to provide for increased energy demand. On the White River, Bull Shoals State Park has been hot. The hot flies were olive Woolly Buggers (sizes 8, 10), Y2Ks (sizes 14, 12), prince nymphs (size 14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead sizes 16, 18), pheasant tails (size 14), ruby midges (size 18), root beer midges (size 18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (size 10) and sowbugs (size 16). Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (John's current favorite is a size 10 Y2K with a size 14 ruby midge suspended below it). Use lead to get flies down.

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 also have 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 size 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. 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 Fair -- -- Fair

WHITE OAK Good Good -- Excellent

NORTHWEST BASS BREAM CATFISH CRAPPIE

BEAVER Fair -- -- Good

BEAVER TAILWATER The river is low, but trout fishing has very good this week. Most trout are being caught between Spider Creek, Parker Bottoms and Arkansas Highway 62 bridge. Trout are biting on various quarter-ounce spoons and various PowerBaits fished with light terminal tackle. The water temperature in the area mentioned above has been between 45 and 50 degrees.

FAYETTEVILLE -- -- -- Fair

SEQUOYAH Fair Fair -- Fair

NORTHEAST BASS BREAM CATFISH CRAPPIE

CROWN Poor Poor Poor Poor

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

GREESON Fair -- -- Fair

WEST-CENTRAL BASS BREAM CATFISH CRAPPIE

ATKINS Fair -- -- Poor

BAILEY -- -- -- --

DARDANELLE Good -- Fair Fair

DEGRAY Fair -- -- Fair

OUACHITA Good -- -- Good

HAMILTON -- Excellent -- Excellent

NIMROD Fair -- Good 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 also have 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 -- -- -- --

CHICOT -- -- -- --

MONTICELLO Fair -- -- Fair

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

Sports on 02/15/2018

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