Fly fishing

NWA Fishing Report

beaver lake

Fishing is shifting from spring tactics to summer methods, Reece Jones of Hook, Line and Sinker told Rogers.

Black bass fishing is fair with surface lures between first light and sunrise. Go with plastic worms or a jig and piggies 2-25 feet deep later in the day. Cliff walls and steep rocky banks are good places to try. Swimbaits are good for catching a variety of fish, from black bass to walleye to channel catfish.

Trolling crankbaits are the best way to catch crappie 10 to 15 feet deep suspended over deeper water. Crappie can also bite jigs or minnows caught around brush 15 to 20 feet deep. Try the white bar early with white jigs worked around the deck pilings. Striped Bass are scattered, but are caught primarily from Rocky Branch Park to Point 4 on minnows.

The average surface water temperature is in the low to mid 80s.

Southtown Sporting Goods in Fayetteville reports good bluegill fishing with worms or crickets. The crappie have spawned and the fishing is fair with minnows or jigs. Spider rigs also work for crappie.

Beaver tail

Beaver Dam Store reports that night owls are the best bait for trout. Brightly colored Power Bait is good to use. Small jigs or small spoons should work in the lure category. Go for size 12-14 nymphs or scuds for fly fishing. Power generation at Beaver Dam occurs primarily in the afternoon.

Fayetteville Lake

David Powell of the lake office said black bass fishing was fair with plastic worms rigged in a wacky style. Powell recommends using a black and blue worm. Bluegills bite small crappie jigs. No reports of catfish or crappie.

Sequoyah Lake

Mike Carver of the lake bait shop said few people were fishing because of the heat. Try surface lures early for black bass and plastic worms for bass later in the day. Use night, liver or stink baits for channel catfish. Try live minnows or small sunfish for flathead catfish.

Bella Vista

Chip Wiseman of Hook, Line and Sinker in Bella Vista said catfish bite a variety of catfish baits. Try surface lures for black bass early at any lake in Bella Vista. Use worms or crickets for bluegill.

Please note that fishing at Bella Vista is only open to POA members and their guests.

Swepco Lake

Kenny Stroud at Siloam Springs said black bass fishing is good with all types of soft plastic lures. Crank baits or bluefish-colored soft plastic lures may work. Swimming baits are good to use.

Siloam Springs, Crystal Lakes

Stroud recommends fishing for black bass early with surface lures and plastic worms after sunrise.

Illinois River

Use tube baits or 4-inch lizards for black bass, suggests Stroud.

Eastern Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports good black bass fishing at Grand Lake and Lake Tenkiller on crankbaits, plastic worms, surface lures, and Alabama rigs. Crappie fishing is fair on minnows or jigs around brush and docks.

At Lake Eucha, largemouth bass bite right on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, spinbaits, and surface lures around points, structure, and docks. Crappie fishing is fair with jigs around brush, docks and rocks.

Table Rock Lake

The Focused Fishing Guide service reports that the best way to catch black bass is to use plastic worms on a drop-shot rig 10 to 25 feet deep. Bass fishing is fair with jigs and pigs, Ned rigs, or tube bait eight to 15 feet along flat gravel points.

— Compiled by Flip Putthoff