For anglers awaiting the fall fishing season, that wait is coming to an end, according to a report from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Though fall is the beginning of major hunting seasons, it may not be time to hang up your fishing gear just yet, as changing seasons and dropping temperatures can result in some of the best fishing of the year.
Driven by the approach of winter, fish species of all kinds congregate to feed before the cold sets in, making them excellent targets and creating a grab-bag of species where you never quite know what you might pull up.
In particular, reports have indicated more hits from crappie, often just below the service and biting at minnows, jigs and worms. One fisherman reported particularly big hauls of crappie at Lake Ouachita, and though some are still staying around 15-25 feet deep, they are expected to continue to come up to the surface as the weather changes.
Reports from the White River noted excitement in the brown trout population, which are moving up onto gravel bars to feed, and great trout fishing has also been reported at Spring River. Bass have been doing well in certain areas, as have bream, and there are many good reports on catfish.
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