Winter is striper fishing time.
Aaron Jolliff at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said striped bass are biting well around Prairie Creek park and at Monte Ne. Stripers typically prowl the south half of the lake in winter. Use umbrella rigs, swim baits, brood minnows or shad.
Black bass fishing is tough. Try an Alabama rig or crawdad-colored crank bait. For crappie, fish in the White or War Eagle river arms with minnows or jigs five to 10 feet deep. Fish around standing timber or lay-down trees. Average surface water temperature is in the low to mid-40s.
Beaver Dam Store said power generation has been heavy at Beaver Dam, creating high water conditions. Trout fishing is best from a boat.
The top lures for trout are size 6 or 7 Flicker Shads, size 6 or 7 countdown Rapalas or small spoons. Good spoon colors include gold and red or gold and silver.
Trout can be caught from shore at Parker Bend in high water with nightcrawlers or Power Bait combined with a waxworm.
Aaron Jolliff at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said trout are biting well on Power Bait, worms, small jigs and most trout lures. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission last stocked trout on Jan.
- Lake Springdale and Murphy Park lake also received trout on Jan. 13.
David Powell at the lake office recommends trying for black bass with a jig and pig. Crappie fishing is slow. Powell recommends using a spider rig.
Mike Carver at the lake office recommends fishing for crappie with jigs or minnows from a boat 8 feet deep under the one-lane bridge or the old bridge near the dam.
Black bass fishing is slow. Carver suggests trying a jig and pig.
Hook Line and Sinker in Bella Vista recommends fishing for black bass at any Bella Vista lake with a jerk bait or Alabama rig.
Trout are biting well at Lake Brittany on Power Bait or red and gold spoons.
Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said black bass are biting at Swepco Lake on soft plastic lures or swim baits.
Stroud recommends fishing for black bass at Lake Eucha with jerk baits or Alabama rigs.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports good fishing at Lake Tenkiller for crappie with jigs worked around submerged timber on the main lake Black bass fishing is fair with crank baits and plastic worms. Fish around docks and timber.
Table Rock Lake
Focused Fishing Guide Service reports good fishing for black bass with Alabama rigs. Work them along steep banks on the main lake that have submerged timber. Jerk baits are also working.
Bass can be caught deep with jigging spoons or swim baits, but that bite is fading. On calm, sunny days try a jig and pig in the James River or Kings River arms.