Warmer days and, more importantly, warmer nights will have both bass and crappie spawning this week and the next few weeks. Time to put the Carolina-rigged lizard to use as well as the shakey-head worm. Several bass were caught last week on top-water, and that form of fishing is as much fun as any.
Look for bass in the creeks in 10 to 20 feet of water. Crappie will spawn in 10 to 15 feet along pea-gravel banks. Throw a swimming minnow, and hold on. If you catch one crappie on a bank, work that bank because where you find one, there will be several.
On Norfork, walleye fishing has been good with live minnows, rogues and sliders doing the best. Hybrids up to 12 pounds have been reported from Udall north. On Bull Shoals, several walleye were caught last week along steep and deep bluffs. Trolling a Berkley Flicker Shad or a night crawler works best this time of year.
Big bluegill are spawning also, and live night crawlers are your best bet. Look for these tasty fish in 15 to 20 feet of water along bluffs. Spring Creek and Big Creek are both places where you can load the boat with bluegills this time of year.
Night fishing for bass will be good from now on. Single-spin spinnerbaits are one of your best baits for night fishing.
Each week we are running specials at 25 percent off, so stop by and see if you can take advantage of these specials.

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