July 22, 2011 by wcobserver
Here in Northwest Arkansas water temperatures are in the low to high 80s depending on the time of day that you check it. Beaver Lake is at 1,127 feet, which is still about 7 feet over normal pool. Most of the lakes in our area are fairly clear. The weather has been hot, 100 degrees every day, and is keeping many fishermen off the water. What we have been doing is hitting the water at daylight and then fishing until 10 or 11 a.m. After that, we go back out at 6 p.m. until dark thirty. My fish have been coming from 6 feet to 30 feet on a variety of baits. Jigs, crank baits, Carolina rigs, and Texas-rigged plastics have been best. Be sure to drink plenty of water while you are out, start drinking water before you get thirsty. Remember to handle your fish quickly, and get them back in the lake a.s.a.p.
Saturday morning was our best morning. We hit Prairie Grove Lake at sunrise. We used pop r’s and buzz baits, and Texas-rigged 10-inch worms. We managed around 20 bass up to four pounds. At area lakes catfishing is excellent on stink baits and liver, and night crawlers. We have been hearing good reports of crappie being caught in the shade and around timber, especially at Bob Kid Lake. Night-time black spinner baits have been producing well. I attribute this to high water. Good fishing!