Texarkana, Ark. — If the heat is tolerated, then fish may be the reward.
Out at Millwood Lake, the largemouth bass continue to bite best in the early morning. Productive places include near stumps and cypress trees using Buzzbaits, Bass Assassin Shads, Spit'n Images and Stuttersteps. The best time is from dawn to around 10 a.m.
For largemouth, use spinnerbaits and chatterbaits around lily pads. Most largemouths are feeding at night and early daybreak for two hours in the oxbows of McGurire, Mud and Horshoe Lakes. Millwood Magic colored Stuttersteps and shallow square-bill cranks saw improvement over the last two weeks. Also working well are SB-57 square-bills in Tennessee Shad, Sneak Shad and Bluegill.
The most productive colors of Bass Assassin Shads have been grey ghost, panhandle moon and salt-n-pepper phantom. Power Worms (10 inch) have gotten fair bites over the last five days, and the best colors are blue fleck, June bug red, and black grape.
For the fisherman who is aiming to snag a largemouth in 6-10 feet of water, jumbo Gitzits and large Magnum Tubes with rattles as well as Texas-rigged have been productive. The best colors for tubes in stain water have been black-blue tail, bluegill, apple seed and pumpkin seed/chartreuse.
Best colors for Texas-rigged Senkos, Salty Rat Tails and Zoom Trick Worms have been watermelon candy, June bug/blue tail, and blue ice in 8-12 feet of water.
Kastmaster spoons and War Eagle Underspins have yielded some nice white bass over the last 10 days in Little River between Jack's Isle and Hurricane Creek. White bass have been seen lifting shad to the surface and breaking in McGuire and Horseshoe oxbow around down on cloudy mornings.
To catch these schoolers, the best choice lures have been chrome Dyin Flutters, Rat-L-Traps in splatterbak or Millwood Magic, clear Baby Torpedoes and Spin Traps in chrome/blue-black.
The early riser has the best chance to bag some crappie. Jigs and minnows are the best lure/bait to use from current and flow of the Little River. In the oxbows and Millwood State Park and by Okay Landing and Cottenshed are good areas for crappie near cypress trees in 3-5 feet of water. Another good place is 8-10 feet of water around planted brush piles.
Chartreuse (white) and chartreuse (blue and black) have been the most productive colors of jigs for crappie. Recommended places are in coves and pockets around cypress trees and grass from 4-6 feet of water.
The catfish have been fair on yo-yos and trotlines in Little River. Goldfish, spoiled chicken hearts and gizzards, Punch Baits, and cut shad or buffalo have been productive for blue and channel catfish on yo-yos hung on cypress trees in 3-8 feet of water.
Best places for catfish have been Horseshoe, McGuire and Mud oxbows up the Little River.