LITTLE ROCK – As many of the state’s elementary and secondary schools go on a week of spring break starting next Monday, the time off coincides with several central Arkansas fisheries being stocked with catfish.
While our state lakes are still running high from the past two weeks of heavy rain, and some such as DeGray are mostly inaccessible with ramp areas flooded, Lake Hamilton at Hot Springs is apparently running "hot." In the words of Tom Duke, who hosts the daily "Trader Bill's Fishing Report" on US97 radio in Hot Springs, Hamilton may be the hottest lake in the state right now.
Heavy rains from last weekend and then again Tuesday evening over much of the state have pushed lake and stream levels much higher. Many of the Army Corps of Engineers lakes, from Millwood to Beaver, have seen an uptick of 10 to 20+ feet in rise over the week and limited some fishing opportunities. Greers Ferry Lake's rise has hurt trout fishing opportunies for waders on the Little Red River. You'll need to drift-fish due to the high river.
Walleye are beginning their spawn, according to several of our Fishing Report contributors. The Saline River Access in Saline County would be a good option for catching walleye.
All species of bass in Lake Maumelle are biting well, with white bass being excellent, according to our reporter at Jolly Roger's Marina.
If anglers can bundle up over the next few days before the next warmup period, the bigger lakes are offering opportunities for walleye.
Despite the recent cold, then warm weather patterns, when back to cold, bass are beginning to warm up to the bite on Lake DeGray. Also, lots of different presentations are working, depending on the day and weather, at Bull Shoals Lake.