Black bass bite a variety of baits.
Reese Jones of Rogers’ Hook, Line and Sinker said bass can be caught on jerkbaits, crankbaits or Alabama rigs from 2 to 20 feet deep along points and along gravel or rock shorelines . Won a Winter Series tournament last week with six bass totaling 26 pounds.
Fish for striped bass between Prairie Creek and Hickory Creek Parks on Alabama jigs or rigs in 5 to 25 feet. Use fish or machines for quarries 15 to 25 feet deep around the brush.
Bass are biting in the Horseshoe Bend area on swimbaits, Alabama rigs or Rat-L-Traps. The average surface water temperature is in the mid to upper 40s.
Southtown Sporting Goods in Fayetteville said the fish are biting on minnows or jigs 10 to 14 feet deep. The fish hold up to brush. Black bass fishing is fair on crankbaits, Alabama rigs, spinners or jerkbaits. Try striped bass in White Eagle or War Eagle tributaries on walleye or walleye-imitating lures.
Beaver tail water
Austin Kennedy, fishing guide, said trout fishing is best in deep pools with prepared trout lures fished on light tackle. For walleyes, jig soft plastic or small grubs 10 to 15 feet deep near the bottom between Beaver City and Holiday Island.
Power generation at Beaver Dam is sporadic, depending on the weather.
Jones on Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said trout are biting Power Bait, Rooster Tails or small spoons. These should work on any small lake stocked with trout in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program.
The lake is closed and will reopen on January 14.
Fisherman Mike McBride said no one is fishing. Try jerk baits or plastic worms for black bass. Use fish or small machines for shit.
Nick Gann of Hook, Line and Sinker in Bella Vista said black bass are biting Alabama rigs, crankbaits or hogs on all Bella Vista lakes. Try trout in Lake Brittany with Power Bait or small spoons.
Please note that fishing at Bella Vista is only open to POA members and their guests.
Kenny Stroud of Siloam Springs recommends fishing for black bass with plastic worms rigged shaky-head style or on a drop-shot rig. Ned rigs and jerkbaits are worth a try.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports fair fishing in Grand Lake for black bass on Alabama rigs, crankbaits or plastic worms along the points and near the brush. Crappie are fair biting on hair pieces or fish around brush and docks.
On Lake Tenkiller, fish are biting fair on minnows or rigs around brush and docks. Bass fishing is slow. Try Alabama rigs, jerk crank baits or jig and hogs along rocky points and banks.
Table Rock Lake
Focus Fishing Guide Service said black bass fishing is good. Fish deep with a jigging spoon or shot rig 40 to 60 feet deep along gravel points, gravel humps and channel swing banks.
For shallower bass, use a crankbait on cloudy, windy days along banks that transition from large rock to small rock or gravel. Jig and hogs are good to use eight to 15 feet deep along the points.
— Compiled by Flip Putthoff