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  Arkansas anglers ready for challenging, tasty walleye
Posted by: fishing on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - 04:22 PM
General Fishing Information LITTLE ROCK - In the pecking order of Arkansas angling, walleye fishing ranks way down the list - well behind bass, crappie, bream, catfish and trout.

But there is good walleye action in some of the state’s waters, and the prime time is at hand.

The weeks of late February through March are the usual times for walleye to move into shallow water to spawn in tributaries on several of the state’s lakes. But this depends on temperatures of the water much more than the calendar.
With a milder than usual winter, the magic thermometer reading of 47 degrees could be a few days early in 2006.

Dick Bailey operates a marina on Greers Ferry Lake and fished for walleyes in the Little Red River before it was dammed to form the lake in 1963. Bailey said, "Walleyes get active when the water gets near 47 degrees. The males move up the creeks and tributaries before the females do. Males run smaller as a rule."

Greers Ferry is Arkansas’ best known walleye fishery but not the only place to catch them.

Lake Ouachita, just west of Hot Springs, has numbers of walleye that may rival Greers Ferry if a census could be made. Since Ouachita is a little farther south than Greers Ferry, the magic temperature of 47 degrees can come a bit earlier on it. Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Norfork, Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine all are impoundments on clear, gravel-bottomed mountain rivers -- the Little Red, the White and its North Fork and the Ouachita. They all have good walleye action in the late-February-March time frame.

Several rivers are walleye fishing venues. The Spring is known for rainbow trout fishing, but walleye are right in there with the trout from Mammoth Spring down to Hardy then in the warmer part of the river down to its mouth. Current River and Eleven Point River, like the Spring in northeast Arkansas, have good numbers of walleyes. In central Arkansas, the Saline River in central Arkansas near Benton and the Ouachita River from Remmel Dam that forms Lake Catherine downstream to Arkadelphia offer walleye fishing. Lesser numbers of walleyes are found in lakes Greeson and Table Rock and in the White River in the Batesville vicinity.

The start of the walleye action can fluctuate, even daily. Greers Ferry fishing guide Tommy Cauley said, “The (recent) colder weather has slowed the walleye some, but they will be back in the shallows and spawning soon.”

A first step in finding walleye, besides reading the water temperature, not the air temperature, is to look for gravel bottoms in lakes and the feeder streams. Mike Armstrong, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s chief of fisheries, said, “Walleye like clean water with gravel bottoms in both the rivers and the lakes. If the water is generally turbid (discolored or muddy), you won't find walleyes on a consistent basis.”

Walleye go for a variety of lures as well as live minnows and nightcrawlers this time of the year.

Some fishermen combine a lead-head jig with a live minnow and work it just below the shoals in streams where walleyes spawn. Other good lures are shallow-running stick baits or minnow imitations, either in plain or jointed styles.

Arkansas holds the world record for walleye, a 22-pound, 11-ounce fish caught on Greers Ferry Lake in 1982 by Al Nelson of Quitman.

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