A 71-pound blue catfish was caught at Lake Overcup in Conway County this past week by Carl Prince. He caught the humongous blue on a floaty using shad. Photo provided by Johnny Banks.
FORT SMITH - The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center will be hosting a free, couples-only fishing derby from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, February 28, at the Heber Springs Community Center to gather public input for the new Greers Ferry Lake Fisheries Management Plan.
While the temps haven't been as suitable as these anglers may have found it an Arkansas springtime fishing for walleye, there are reports surfacing in various lakes, especially Beaver Lake, of walleye staging for the spawn and being hooked.
Austin Kennedy, a guide on the tailwater of Beaver Lake dam, caught this rainbow trout earlier this week. Most of the dams in north Arkansas are generating, having to move lots of water off their lakes.
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.