published January 15, 2009 by Ben Adams

Arkansas Fishing Report: 1/14

Check out these Arkansas fishing reports from lakes and rivers from around the state:

Find Arkansas Fishing Reports from around ArkansasWhite River: It is only three weeks until the Catch-and-Release section below Bull Shoals Dam opens for fishing. This event generates quite a bit of excitement in the fly-fishing community. The brown trout have been spawning in this area for the last three months and they have not been fished during that period. The state park is a perpetual hot spot with plenty of fish reported.

Lake Norfork: Crappie fishing has been great with minnows or split-tailed grubs using very small lead head jigs. Bass fishing has been good on crankbaits and suspending stick baits.

Lake Hamilton: Larry Hurley from Poorman’s Guide Service said bass anglers are doing very well on red crankbaits in 6-8 feet of water and black/blue jigs fished in brush piles 10-15 foot deep. Anglers fishing jigs need to really slow down and work each brush pile well, but this is how the bigger fish have been caught.

Lake Greeson: Crappie are excellent 18-22 feet deep in 24-32 feet of water on both jigs and minnows. Black bass are being caught in the same areas with the same techniques.

Fishing Tip: When bass are holding in deep water, a heavy short-armed spinnerbait can be your best friend. Cast it over the deep structure and allow it to sink to the bottom. Pump your rod tip once to get the blades moving and start a slow, steady retrieve. If that fails to trigger a strike, you can also work the spinnerbait like a spoon, casting it out and bringing it back with a lift-drop retrieve. The key is to get the bait to the bottom so it looks like a dying shad.

Check out the complete Arkansas fishing report in the Arkansas Fishing Forum.

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