Northeast Arkansas Fishing Report
From the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Lake Charles
(updated 5-8-2019) Shelly Jeffrey at Lake Charles State Park (870) 8786595 says the lake clarity is turbid while the surface temperature Sunday morning was 51 degrees.
The water continues to stay high. The fish continue to bite. Great reports on all species of fish this past week. Fishing is great from a boat or fishing from the shore, she says. Bream are excellent on worms and crickets. Fish the brush piles and stumps. Crappie are excellent on minnows, jigs and Crappie Magnets.
Black bass are excellent.
Use spinnerbaits and plastic worms or regular worms. Work the brush or the rocky points. Catfishing is excellent with worms, blood bait, stink bait, chicken liver and Catfish Pro. White bass reports are good.
(updated 5-8-2019) Ome Coleman at Lake Poinsett State Park said, “Wow, what a weekend we had.
Sold out of minnows and most of our crickets. Lake Poinsett State Park has plenty in stock now and plans to have what you need when you get here.
We are here from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Happy fishing!” While Lake Poinsett is undergoing repairs through early next year, other options in the area include Lake Hogue and Lake Charles.
(updated 5-8-2019) Boxhound Marina (870) 670-4496 said the clarity is dingy and the water level is up 1 foot above normal. No surface temperature was reported. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs.
Black bass are good and the spawn appears over.
Catfishing has improved over the week to good; use chicken liver or large minnows.
Spring River (updated 5-4-2019) Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies & Guides (870) 955-8300 said warm temperatures and nice days have had the bugs hatching thick and heavy, caddis and mayflies. The trick the last few weeks has been to tie on a nymph and place a Guppie fly about a foot below. Some trout will be caught on the nymph but the bigger trout will slam the minnow imitation aka Guppie. Hot pink Trout Magnets have been hot.
Get them down just off the bottom. They will eat it up. John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870) 435-2169 said the Spring River is a bit high. This is a great place to wade fish when they are running water on the White and Norfork rivers. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive Woolly Buggers with a bit of flash, cerise and hot pink San Juan worms and Y2Ks.
(updated 5-8-2019) Triangle Sports (870) 793-7122 said the clarity is muddy and the water level is high.
There has been too much rain for fishing, they add, with no reports to pass along.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission held a public meeting In Harrisburg concerning Lake Poinsett on Thursday. AGFC biologists and Fisheries Division personnel discussed the status of the repair work at Poinsett, which has been shut down since last year for the extensive work, expected to last Into 2020. Lake Poinsett is expected to be full and restocked In about this time next year, according to plans.