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Millwood Mayhem: Bass fishing still well underway

Millwood Mayhem: Bass fishing still well underway


Lake still a hot spot for Arkansas anglers

AGFC Communications With the holidays upon us and bad weather projected for later in the week, we don’t want to put a damper on your fishing plans, but your prospects are going to be limited. Maybe you can find a few dry moments between the raindrops before all this bad weather (and colder temps that are forecast) moves on through. Or, you could take up hunting.

Among this odd coldthen- warm weather of the past week, some good fishing reports surfaced.

Guide Mike Siefert at Millwood Lake is taking guests on big trips to sample the Millwood Mayhem of bass (largemouth, spotted and white) chasing shad. It has yet to subside. It’s almost like the tropics down there, Mike says laughing. His information is listed with the Fishing Report if you want to get in on the action.

Bream and crappie are good at Lake Conway, the Bates Field and Stream folks tell us, but the catfishing is excellent.

We continue to marvel about Lake Atkins, which is typically been known for being such a good bass lake (and it is in the spring and later in the summer).

It’s crappie that continue to be excellent these days.

Look for crappie at 6-8 feet depth, and don’t bother to look for bass right now.

Use minnows or jigs and work your bait in the coves or along the shoreline.

If we didn’t tell you last week in the hot spots, we should have mentioned that Lake Dardanelle is fishing very well in terms of crappie and bass. Guide Charles Morrison says largemouth bass have been excellent, with spinnerbaits, swimbaits, jerkbaits, Alabama rigs, jigs and plastic craw baits working great in the dirty water.

Most of the big Corps lakes are up as of Wednesday, but Lake Nimrod in west-central Arkansas is falling, according to Andrews Bait Shop and More. The fishing is on the uptick, though. They sa crappie are excellent and being caught in 15 feet of water at the 12-foot depth.

“They are jumping in the boat,” they tell us in reference to some of the smaller crappie. Larger crappie are being found in 6 feet of water and biting at 4 feet depth. Also, black bass are good. Use a quarter-ounce white colored spinnerbait, and also go with black buzzbaits early along the shoreline.

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