AGFC lake fishing report

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Crown Lake

(updated 6-24-2020) Boxhound Marina (870-670-4496) reports the lake clarity has clear while water level is down to normal. Bream are good on redworms or crickets. Crappie reports are poor. Black bass are good late in the evenings and early mornings in shallow water; use your favorite topwater bait. Catfish are good on perch or goldfish.

Lake Charles

(updated 6-25-2020) Shelly Jeffrey at Lake Charles State Park (870-878-6595) said the lake had “a lot of guest and visitors fishing this past weekend. Lots of reports of bream hitting worms and bright-colored jigs.” Crickets were also working with bream. Bass, she added, were hitting topwater baits, and bass hauls were good. Anglers are also using spinnerbaits and plastic worms. Crappie are also following along with the bream by going after worms and brightly colored jigs, with good results. Throw a minnow their way, too. Catfishing is good on stink bait, chicken livers, blood bait and worms. The lake is at a normal level and is still murky in clarity. Morning surface water temperature is 61 degrees.

Lake Poinsett

(updated 6-24-2020) The lake at Lake Poinsett State Park has been undergoing a renovation with plans to refill it later this year and for fishing to resume at levels far better than in recent years, thanks to improved fish habitat and new underwater structures. The water control structure was also repaired.

Spring River

(updated 6-24-2020) Mark Crawford of Spring River Flies and Guides said the rain in the region lately has gone around the Spring River area. “Not much rain is a really good thing. River levels are running at 530 cfs at the spring and clarity is green tinted. Not completely clear yet, and still about a foot above average flow, but looking better than it has all Spring.” The trout have been hitting olive and brown Woollies and Y2Ks mainly, he said. “Most important part lately is getting the fly down deep. Heavy flies or adding a split shot is key. Got to get down with the higher water. A sink tip fly line can help but takes a lot of work. Trout cranks and Flicker Shad have been working great to get down with spin fishers.”

Smallmouth have been biting well this week, Mark says. “Catching a bunch on brown Woollies mainly. Tying them like Clouser minnows with lead eyes. It appears crawfish is on the menu lately. Get out and enjoy the river. Be safe wading! Tight lines and good luck!” For the latest river conditions and more information from Mark, visit his blog at

(updated 6-24-2020) John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said the Spring River is navigable. This is a great place to wade fish when they are running water on the White and North Fork rivers. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive Woolly Buggers with a bit of flash (size 10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (size 10) and Y2Ks (size 10).

White River

(updated 6-24-2020) Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) in Batesville had no reports.

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