published February 19, 2009 by Ben Adams

Arkansas Fishing Report: 2/18

Tri-County Lake: Fishing has picked up at Tri-County. Crappie fishermen are having luck on shiners fished around 6 feet deep off channel bends. Bass were biting well on small (less than ¼-oz.) black/blue jigs and medium-running crankbaits.

arkansas outdoors online fishing reportsLake Catherine: Catch’em All Guide Service reports that rainbow trout fishing below Carpenter Dam will rival any fishery in the state. Healthy trout are present in the tailrace in very good numbers and are actively feeding on all forage available.

Lake Ouachita: The water is 46-49 degrees and clear. Largemouth bass are still very good and these fish can be caught on green pumpkin or black/blue jigs and Rat-L-Traps. White spinnerbaits fished along the outside edge of the moss are working. Try main lake points in water 20-30 feet deep. Walleye are fair and being caught on spoons over brush piles on main lake points. These fish will be staging to spawn soon.

Greers Ferry: The water is falling quickly at Greers Ferry Lake. Some pretty good walleye have been caught the last few days and should get nothing but better as we near the spawn. Try jigheads tipped with minnows, deep-diving Rebels, Wally Divers, bottom bouncers rigged with minnows or small c-rigged minnows or a 3-way rig. On cloudy days, try Rouges or swim grubs very slowly. If you think you are fishing slow enough slow down some more.

Fishing Tip of the Week: While crainkbait lures with built-in rattles make more noise, remember that underwater, sound lacks direction — to fish, it appears to come from everywhere. Bass are as likely to strike a crankbait for its appearance as its sound.

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