Billy Vanderbilt (left) found the smallmouth bass biting on the Spring River when he was out recently with guide Mark Crawford of Spring River Flies and Guides. Billy used an olive Woolly Bugger to catch the smallmouth. Trout are often what is most talked about when the Spring River comes up in discussion, but Mark has been noting that smallmouth are hitting a lot lately. He says they chase the olive Woolies on a short fast strip back upstream. Meanwhile, trout continue to bite well, he says, with his imitation minnow getting hot response. “The trout are hitting right when it hits the water and at the end of the swing.”
Something else the Spring River is known for, canoe season, will be coming to an end. Mark notes that after Oct. 1, all of the canoe rental spots with the exception of RIverside Resort and Saddler Falls will be closing. Cooler temps on the way should mean even better fishing in North Arkansas.