Big Bob's fishing report: Dec. 20, 2017

Bob Stickles

Crappie fishing on both lakes continues to be very good. Brush piles on Norfork and timbered bluffs on Bull Shoals are both producing well. Chrome-head jigs in 1/16 or 1/8 have been hard to beat. Live minnows soaked about 15 feet deep are also producing well. On Bull Shoals, crappie appear to be in large schools, so when you catch a few , leave the area and come back later.

Bass fishing has remained good also. The rock crawler crankbait has been working very well. Last Saturday I picked up several fat Kentuckies on the red rock crawler in about 12 feet of water. The Bama rig is starting to work, and jigs always work this time of year.

Several anglers have been spooning bass on the flats as deep as 50 feet with several big stringers reported. Main lake fishing for bass seems to be better than fishing for them in the creeks. That will change as the water gets colder.

It is almost Christmas, and we are loaded for gifts for the sportsman in your family. New rods or reels or some of the newer baits would make great gifts. Not sure what to buy? Get a gift certificate, and let your sportsman pick out his own.

I hope all of my friends and customers have a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

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