June 30, 2011 by wcobserver
If you like fishing and having a shot at some big money, and you consider yourself an amateur fisherman (meaning most of your income is not from fishing), this weekend is the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza. Eligible water will include nearly 300 miles along the Arkansas River, all within the boundaries of the state of Arkansas. The nearest weigh-in station and ramp is at Clear Creek park near Alma. The next pool site is at Dardanelle State Park in Russellville, which I highly recommend. My dad and I did really well in 2005 on Dardanelle, were we took home over $25,000 from that tournament. You can try for over $50,000 in prizes for first place, and hourly money will be given to the top three places at all five separate pools. The tournament will be this weekend, June 24 , 25 and 26. For more information visit www.arkansasbigbass.com.
Here in Northwest Arkansas Beaver Lake is at 1,128 feet, still very full, and up in the brush and yards. Debris is still scattered and floating around all over the lake. Saturday we brought our tube to the lake and had some fun. We found some pretty clear water in the War Eagle arm. Schooling fish can be found early in the morning, and in the late afternoons over road beds and extended main lake points. With the high winds the last week we have been unable to throw top-waters on the main lake points on road beds: instead we’ve been using small shallow running crank-baits, and lip-less crank-baits in sexy shad colors. When we are able to throw top-water baits we are throwing buzz-baits and junior spooks, also pop r’s. As the day continues we will move out a little deeper and throw Texas-rigged Zoom baby brush hogs in the timber and on points. Fish are relating to boat docks and standing timber. Whenever possible try to fish the shady side of the stumps and boat docks as this will be were most of your bites come. All the deep road beds and humps are beginning to hold fish. Best baits on these spots are Carolina rigs with baby brush hogs. At Bob Kidd and Prairie Grove Lake, buzz-baits early, and Texas rigged worms later in the day have been producing. We have been seeing lots of Pan fish being caught on crickets and worms. Cat fishing is really heating up also. Thanks for reading my report! Remember to always wear your life jacket when in your boat!