Fall crappie season is about to pick up for the rest of the state, based on what we've seen this week at Lake Fayetteville, where the bite was excellent.
Many west central Arkansas anglers have discovered that the once abundant vegetation in Lake Ouachita is making a strong comeback. Prior to 2007 much of the shoreline around Lake Ouachita was heavily vegetated with hydrilla, an invasive aquatic plant. In 2009 this dense vegetation seemingly vanished over a very short period of time. Recently, dense patches of Hydrilla have begun to reappear near the state park, Rabbittail, Buckville, Hotel Island, and Crystal Springs in addition to other areas around Lake Ouachita. While hydrilla is an invasive species and AGFC does not advocate the introduction of invasives, hydrilla does create excellent fish habitat until it becomes too dense for even the fish to use.
The cooler weather has cranked up the hybrid fishing along the south shore of DeGray Lake. Be sure to check out George Graves' latest report for the lake to learn more.
Fall-like temperatures in early September sparking the crappie bite.
Lake Poinsett's drawdown is not dampening the fishing efforts, according to our reporter, and during the drawdown there is no limit on catches.
Falling lake temps and a leveling off of the water have made Greers Ferry a late August hot spot.
With the recent rain and drop in water temperature, bass fishing is excellent at Lake Atkins and good in a number of other state lakes.