Here we go again with high water and fewer places to launch. Bass fishing has been OK at best, with top-water baits working early and late in the day. Spinnerbaits and rattle traps fished over the brush are working as are floating worms fished just over the brush. Most bass have finished the spawn and can be found 15 to 20 feet deep, which puts them in the brush. Plastic worms and jigs fished over the more shallow brush piles are also working. Throw a Dixee Jet spoon along bluff walls, and both bass and walleye will hit.
On Norfork, the hybrids are still doing well with Cook’s Landing on Bryant Creek one of last week’s hot spots. Smithwick rogues, sliders and live minnows are all effective on these fish.
Catfish on both lakes are active on both rod and reel and jug lines. Now would be a good time to set limb lines baited with small bluegill or cut bait. Big bluegills can be found along bluff walls in 20 to 25 feet of water. Night crawlers work well on these tasty fish.
We are gearing up for our store closing the first of September, and this week’s specials include all 10-packs of swimming minnows , which are priced at $1. Also, all soft plastic baits are 25 percent off through Saturday, May 26.
We have a large inventory, so now is a good time to stock up.

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