With the sudden soaring of air temperatures into the 80s and even reaching 90, the cool waters of the north Arkansas trout streams such as the Spring River (photo) are already the place to be. It doesn't hurt that the rainbows are biting nicely, as are other trout species, according to our reports. Photo by Mark Crawford.
Millwood Lake guide Mike Siefert has been enjoying a hot lake of late. Largemouth bass ranging from 6 to 11 pounds have been caught at Millwood in recent weeks by regular anglers and tournament competitors, Mike says.
JACKSONVILLE – Gilson Elam was a perfect 50-for-50 and Jagger East, John Cox and Jonah Rathburn hit a combined 146 targets out of 150 attempts in leading the Texarkana Arkansas Razorback Trap Team’s Red Squad to the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program’s South Senior Regional championship last Saturday, May 5, at the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Shooting Sports Complex.
Most of our reports this week indicate that the warming water has the crappie and bass moving up shallow, while the bream are also beginning to show in places. We didn't personally run into any daylight striper action at Lake Ouachita last week, maybe because of the full moon, but Mike Bailey and his guests caught a few recently in Beaver Lake (pictured) in northwest Arkansas.
MAUMELLE – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program welcomes all anglers 50 years and older to Lake Valencia in Maumelle Friday, May 4, for the largest senior community fishing event in the state. The event will run from 9 a.m. until noon and is free. No registration is required.
JACKSONVILLE – On the back of the T-shirts worn by the Russellville Shooting Team read the words “In memory of Andy Thomas.” Thomas, who passed away last year after battling cancer, had been a coach and one of the people instrumental with starting the Russellville shooting program six years ago, according to Russellville head coach Dwayne Rambo.
JONESBORO – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program has added more access to fishing for northeast Arkansas residents. ASU Pond, south of Centennial Bank Stadium on the campus of Arkansas State University, will be stocked monthly a minimum of eight times a year as part of the program, according to FCFP director Maurice Jackson.