Bret Coble pulled this catfish from the Saline River near Benton this week. Fishing on the state's smaller rivers seems the best call with water temperatures mostly in the 40s. Coble was using a brooder minnow, which works for a variety of fish. Photo provided by Lisa Spencer of Lisa's Bait Shop.
The Spring River is producing, even though water conditions are shaky. Photo provided by Mark Crawford of Spring River Guide Service.
A great way to make the holiday work for anglers and fish is to donate your Christmas tree for habitat use when it's time to take it down. There are a number of drop-off locations throughout the state, and anglers wanting to improve their fishing habitat at a lake can take the trees and sink them.
Lou Gabric, who operates Hummingbird Hideaway Resort on Norfork Lake, celebrates a good day on the lake this week catching 8- and 13-pound stripers. Striped bass fishing on the lake is heating up and the white bass bite is outstanding, he says.
Cold weather that hit Arkansas this week has been ideal for catching trout on the Spring and White rivers. Jim Prillwitz from Wisconsin came for the state's "warmer weather" and caught this rainbow with guide Mark Crawford on the Spring River. Photo provided by Mark Crawford.
An angler from Florida enjoy taking this striped bass in Norfork Lake recently. Photo provided by Lou Gabric, Hummingbird Hideaway Resort.
Trout stockings have begun in a number of area streams (above) as well as in the 41 Family and Community Fishing Program ponds across the state.