Mike and Florence Galloway of Kansas caught a nice limit of striper Tuesday morning with guide Mike Bailey on Beaver Lake. Bailey says that Mike Galloway is a disabled Navy veteran and avid angler that caught striper fever a few years ago. Mike and Florence make their way down to Beaver several times each year to chase their favorite fish, Bailey adds. There were all done by 7 a.m., he says. Photo by Mike Bailey.
Another nice striped bass was pulled out of Beaver Lake last week. Quinton Baumgartner of Missouri caught this 33-pounder while be guided by Mike Bailey. Stripers are hot all across north Arkansas from Beaver Lake to Norfork Lake. Photo by Mike Bailey.
There are a lot of ways to fish in Arkansas, and a lot of ways in this case to land a catfish. These men used noddling to catch three blue cats this week at Cane Creek Lake, the largest blue (on the right) weighing 56 pounds. According to Austin Davidson, park interpreter at Cane Creek State Park, they sink tractor tires with plywood fastened to the top and a hole cut on the side to create artificial catfish beds. They sink the beds in key catfish habitat along the lake levee and the shoreline at 4.5 to 5 feet depth.
Eric Merriman reeled in this catch of a lifetime on Monday morning, Memorial Day, on Beaver Lake with guide Mike Bailey. Weighed on two different scales, one reading said this striper was 44 pounds and the other said 47 pounds, 9 ounces, Bailey reported. (Photo courtesy of Mike Bailey)
This 27-inch German Brown trout was caught above Cotter on the Bull Shoals Lake tailwater this past week by a 13-year-old. That's some feat, and it turned out it wasn't even the biggest fish grabbed in that area. An Instagram photo circulated of a 34-inch brown caught and released as well. Fishing for all species is good around the state, perfect for a long weekend.
This smallmouth bass was caught on the lower Buffalo River using a quarter-ounce black Rooster Tail inline spinnerbait. It was returned to the waters and is waiting for another angler. Our reporter said the bite is good on the Buffalo River, while some excellent reports on largemouth bass and stripers came from several areas.
With the sudden soaring of air temperatures into the 80s and even reaching 90, the cool waters of the north Arkansas trout streams such as the Spring River (photo) are already the place to be. It doesn't hurt that the rainbows are biting nicely, as are other trout species, according to our reports. Photo by Mark Crawford.