Guide Mark Crawford led his clients, like Lesley from Memphis (left), to an active smallmouth bass bite on the Spring River this past week. Mark tells us a brown Woolly Bugger has been the attractor for them, “tying them like Clouser minnows with lead eyes.” Crawfish baits will get hit, he says. Of course, the Spring River is always a good spot for trout fishing. Limit rainfall lately in that spot has kept the water, while higher than normal (about a foot above average flow), at a reasonable level for good fishing, he said. Clarity is green tinted and the river is “looking better than it has all spring.”
Meanwhile, striper fishing appears to be at its prime in big lakes like Beaver and Bull Shoals, according to our reporters, and it’s been good in the recent reports coming from Norfork as well, plus from Lake Ouachita this week.
Bream are naturally good targets for fishing at this time, while crappie in many (but not all) lakes have moved deeper with the warmer water up top — the advice from some guides such as John Duncan at DeGray is to “look for the thermocline and fish just above it.” Largemouth bass reports are good throughout the state, and catfish are providing a lot of fun for anglers both young and older these days from a variety of spots. Check out this week’s Fishing Report for the full scoop by clicking the button below.