Saturday, June 10, 2006

Arkansas River fishing

Arkansas River: Charley’s Hidden Harbor near Oppelo said Lock 9 reports a flow of 3,000 cubic feet per second with a headwater of 285.30 and a tailwater of 264.50. Rain and overcast days have brought some nice fishing. Kentucky bass are biting well on Devil’s Horse top-water baits in the morning and chatterbaits later in the day around the tips of jetties in depths of 4 to 6 feet. Channel catfish are biting very well on worms around the front side of jetties. Bream are biting well on crickets and are still bedding around shallow docks near banks. Black bass are biting well around the main channel on the sides of drops and on overhangs when the water is high. Try Tiny Torpedoes flipped under the overhangs. Later in the day, use spinnerbaits around the jetties where the water runs through the breaks. Whites and stripers are still on the edges of deep holes and biting decently on jigging spoons. Crappie are biting fairly well on minnows around the backs of jetties and up in the creeks.
Arkansas River (Pine Bluff): The Tackle Box said the river is cloudy and water current is very slow. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets fished on the river at Island Harbor, in Pine Bluff Lake and Regional Park. Crappie fishing is poor. Striped bass are biting well on white hair jigs fished around Shepard and Huff islands. Catfishing is good on worms, shads and skipjack herring, but is slower on some jigs. Catfishing is especially good in Region Park, along the back side of Pine Bluff Lake and around the locks.

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