June 18, 2011 by wcobserver
Here in Northwest Arkansas the action is heating up! Not only air temps, but water temps, too. Water temps around the area are in the high 70s. My dad and I went out to a local lake Saturday afternoon around 6 p.m. Our top producer was a buzz-bait. We caught all our fish next to land slow rolling. I managed to get a 4 1/2 pounder in the boat. We also caught a few on red shad worms, Texas rigged. We fished till dark thirty. Jake Jarnagan and I went out Sunday to Prairie Grove Lake, and the water was pretty messed up. We managed a few bass on senkos and spinner-baits. Mrs. Coleman was on the shore catching catfish with night crawlers. Crappie can be caught with minnows, or tube jigs around timber in about 10 feet of water. Jug fishing with goldfish has also been productive for catfish. Walleye fishing is good from Point Four to the dam at Beaver. Remember in flooded water throw spinner-baits and buzz-baits as far as you can up in the mess. This time of year fish will be ganging up and top-water is excellent early and late. I suggest buzz-baits and PopR’s.
In the Arkansas Sportsman magazine this month they had an article about teaching kids how to fish and starting them off to be anglers. A few things it mentioned was starting them off bluegill fishing. I can remember when I was a 3-year-old that my dad had to practically drag me back to the truck. Now, just 12 years later, times have changed. Nowadays, leisure time means computers, hand-held electronic games, Ipods, or any other high-tech toys that fascinate children and many adults. My dad said when he was 3 that their family didn’t even have a television set. So it is definitely harder to get kids out these days. One way a parent can involve them is in digging out nightcrawlers and even involving them in cleaning a few bluegill for dinner. Also teaching them a few anatomies of a fish. You want to start a kid off early in life because of peer pressures around 8- or 9-years-old that they will experience these days. It seems that at this age they start listening to friends they might say fishing is cruel, icky, or simply boring. You can get a kid’s rod-and-reel, bobbers, and hooks at Walmart for under $20. Take them to where you think bluegill might be close to the truck, because their attention spans might be short. Do not over-coach them; make it a positive experience and be ready to do lots of re-tying and re-baiting. Don’t force them into it, if they want to go off and play with rocks let them. Praise every cast and catch. My grandpa introduced my dad to fishing and he fished until he was about 13 years old, lost interest for about 10 years and then started fishing again when I was born. Now I can’t go a few days without wetting a line. MFor more information on taking kids fishing is on the website: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember always wear you life jacket when boating. Thanks for reading my report!