This week we welcome more contributors to the weekend Fishing Report. Jon Conklin joins us from Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas, where he operates FishOn Guide Service, and he provided this photo (left) of Mike Briesell, who hauled in a 28-inch, 9-pound walleye on Monday. Jon says anglers have been fishing almost every day in the river arms in between fronts and rises. Walleye are moving up into the river arms for the spawn and the bite is good on trolled Flicker Shad and various plastics. Trolling slow is the key with the colder water. Lots of males are being caught up to 22 inches and some females starting to show. He adds that crappie are doing well in the clearer waters on any structure in 8-10 feet of water on main river channels. Fish them with black/chartreuse jigs and minnows. He’s got plenty more in the report (click the button below).
Also, we have added some new contributors from Arkansas State Park Lakes, which the AGFC manages. One of those is Lake Charles, near Jonesboro, and Shelly Jeffries at Lake Charles State Park (870-878-6595) will be reporting from there. Lake Charles is loaded with crappie, and for now the bite is fair, as are the bass reports. Just wait until the weather warms, though.