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.
Millwood Lake guide Mike Siefert has been enjoying a hot lake of late. Largemouth bass ranging from 6 to 11 pounds have been caught at Millwood in recent weeks by regular anglers and tournament competitors, Mike says.
Most of our reports this week indicate that the warming water has the crappie and bass moving up shallow, while the bream are also beginning to show in places. We didn't personally run into any daylight striper action at Lake Ouachita last week, maybe because of the full moon, but Mike Bailey and his guests caught a few recently in Beaver Lake (pictured) in northwest Arkansas.
The rainbow trout are biting on the Spring River in North Arkansas. Bass are in spawn in various lakes, more so in the north now, and stripers and more are biting in Lake Ouachita.