Arkansas big northern lakes report the walleye in the spawn and very active. There are lots of opportunities now for walleye, as well as crappie and the emerging largemouth bass bite. White bass also are active as spring heads this way.
LITTLE ROCK – As many of the state’s elementary and secondary schools go on a week of spring break starting next Monday, the time off coincides with several central Arkansas fisheries being stocked with catfish.
While our state lakes are still running high from the past two weeks of heavy rain, and some such as DeGray are mostly inaccessible with ramp areas flooded, Lake Hamilton at Hot Springs is apparently running "hot." In the words of Tom Duke, who hosts the daily "Trader Bill's Fishing Report" on US97 radio in Hot Springs, Hamilton may be the hottest lake in the state right now.
HOT SPRINGS – The Rattler Senior High Archery Team from Murfreesboro placed one boy and two girls in the top 10 of their respective divisions and slipped away with the team title in the Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program state championship last Saturday at Bank of the Ozarks Arena.
Heavy rains from last weekend and then again Tuesday evening over much of the state have pushed lake and stream levels much higher. Many of the Army Corps of Engineers lakes, from Millwood to Beaver, have seen an uptick of 10 to 20+ feet in rise over the week and limited some fishing opportunities. Greers Ferry Lake's rise has hurt trout fishing opportunies for waders on the Little Red River. You'll need to drift-fish due to the high river.
HOT SPRINGS – More than 1,800 archers are scheduled to compete over two days at the 10th Arkansas National Archery in the School Program State Championships, set for Friday and Saturday at Bank of the Ozarks Arena.
Walleye are beginning their spawn, according to several of our Fishing Report contributors. The Saline River Access in Saline County would be a good option for catching walleye.