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Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

Sept. 29, 2022

Chuck Lajuanesse returned to the Spring River to join guide Mark Crawford on the trek for hungry smallmouth, walleye and trout. Crawford said the river is low but clear and at the right temperature for a good bite from those species.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

Sept. 22, 2022

The north ramp (canal access, county ramp, or Westmoreland Ramp) on Mercer Bayou was inspected, sprayed again and reopened Thursday, Sept. 22. Giant salvinia, an invasive aquatic species than can take over a body of  water, was spotted before Labor Day weekend in the canal access and was moved, and has not been found on the bayou in almost two weeks now, so all public access ramps are open, according to AGFC biologist Dylan Hann. 

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

Sept. 1, 2022

Zach Baird from Howard, Colorado, was throwing a small articulated streamer pattern called the "Swim Coach" on a 7-weight rod with a 200 grain sink line in low water of the Little Red River and ended up pulling this brown trout off the bank on an evening trip. Photo provided by Mike Winkler.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

Aug. 18, 2022

Eddie Peña caught his personal best largemouth bass, a fish weighing 7.71 pounds, while fishing Monday evening at the lake at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville. He was walking his dog, Kuzco, and just happened to bring a rod along with him for a walk around the lake. After about eight casts at their turnaround point, he had landed this whopper. Eddie says he was using a spinning rod with 15-pound braid and a 9-inch ribbon tail worm.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

Aug. 11, 2022

Dawson Pounders of Cabot, Arkansas went fishing with his Pop-e (Ed Colvard) and clearly did not leave disappointed. This largemouth bass was caught on the Dale Bumpers White River Refuge weighing in at 4.5 pounds. Ed says that Dawson is "my little fishing buddy." We hope to see many more great catches from this duo.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

Aug. 4, 2022

A youngster named Sydney from Tennessee caught a lunker of a rainbow trout, a fish that measured 22 inches and was caught in the Beaver Lake Dam tailwater in northwest Arkansas. Guide Austin Kennedy took Sydney and family out on the water for a memorable day.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

July 28, 2022

The smallmouth bass are making a great target on the cool waters of the Spring River in northeast Arkansas. Mitch (no last name given) was fishing with Spring River guide Mark Crawford, when he caught this nice smallie on a  picture-perfect day (sure, it was hot, but the lower water temp helped). Crawford said the hotter weather has helped the smallmouth bite.He says they've been chasing smallies in deeper water areas, with black or olive Woolies tied to jigheads being hot lures.