By: Larry W. Walthall


Member: FOWA


AREA FISHING UPDATES


Water temperatures are running between 82 to 88 degrees. The river waters are fairly clear but murky in bays where scattered rain has occurred. Catching Largemouth bass has been tough and caught on several different rigs. Bigger plastic worms especially the ribbon tail worms have been working well on sandbars if the water is running. Finding running water will be a hit and miss as water is generated. If you can find some lily pads, work jigs or try a weightless worm or lizard around the edges. If you see some schooling fish work the area with a Pop-R, chuggers or maybe the old Smithwick baits with props. Use bait that makes a noise to get their attention. White bass are being caught as they school up in the river system. Use some form of small crank baits. Striped bass has been real good. Fish the current and it could turn up a nice Stripper. Bream have been excellent on crickets and worms. Work around the lily pads or on the main river stumpy and lay down in the creeks in 15 to 20 feet of water. If you can locate some brush at that depth it can produce some slab bream. The north parts of any creek at this time of year seem to produce more fish. The water temperature seems to be somewhat cooler. If there is such a thing in our latest hot weather patterns. Crappie fishing has slowed down some. Catfishing has been fair to good using cut bait or live perch. Many area lakes are still catching nice Walleye with CC Spoons or even using some night crawlers. Trout fishing is about over so you will have to wait until the stocking program kicks in about November.


HUNTING


In between working your deer food plots for upcoming deer season you might try a little small game hunting like Squirrel or Rabbit. Listed below are the season dates and information on these small game species from the AGFC. This will help keep your shooting ability up.


2018-19 Squirrel Season


May 15, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019


Daily limit - 12


Possession limit - 48


Squirrels may not be hunted with rifles or pistols larger than .22 caliber rim fire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber unless a modern gun or muzzle loading deer season, bear season or coyote season is open. Squirrels may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs or shot larger than T shot.


2018-19 Rabbit Season


Sept. 1, 2018-Feb. 28, 2019


Daily limit - 8


Possession limit - 16


• Rabbits may not be hunted with rifles or pistols larger than .22 caliber rim fire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber unless a modern gun or muzzle loading deer season, bear season or coyote season is open.


• Rabbits may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs or shot larger than T shot.


• Up to eight box traps (with interior dimensions up to 8 inches wide and 10 inches tall) may be used.


JANET HUCKABEE ARKANSAS RIVER VALLEY NATURE CENTER Ft. Chaffee at 8300 Wells Lake Road, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72916 (479) 452-3993


Admission to the Nature Center is FREE thanks to your support of the 1/8 Cent Conservation Sales Tax.


Closed on Mondays Tuesday-Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Sunday


1 - 5 p.m.


AUGUST 8


Wed 10:00A - 12:00P Nature Crafting Workshop (Ft. Smith)


2:00P Critter Crunch (Ft. Smith)


AUGUST 9


Thu 9:00A Fishing (Ft. Smith)


11:00A Animal Hour (Ft. Smith)


2:00P Critter Crunch (Ft. Smith)


AUGUST 10


Fri 9:00A Outdoor Shooting Skills (Ft. Smith)


10:00A - 12:00P Canoe and Kayak Program (Ft. Smith)


2:00P Critter Crunch (Ft. Smith)


3:45P Nature Break (Ft. Smith)


6:00P Back to School Bash (Ft. Smith)


AUGUST 11


Sat 7:00A - 6:00P Hunter Education Course (Ft. Smith)


SUMMER SAFETY Always remember if you are going outside this time of year some safety precautions, water, suntan lotion/block, headgear and insect repellant. Always offer to help the elderly and pets.


Latest quote from John Muir


“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”


If you capture some good photos of fishing, hiking, kayaking, a sunrise or maybe a local mountain we sure would like to use them. We would especially like to have some youth in a kayak or with some fish and the stories behind them. After all, OUTDOORS ARKANSAS can be fun even making a garden and enjoying the fruits of what you have grown. So share your photos and stories with us. If you have a picture that you would like to share, you can email it and add some information about the photo to: ksims@charlestonexpress.com, or call (479) 252-6351, and let us know you have a picture to submit.


Good Luck-Good Fishing-Be Safe and enjoy OUTDOORS ARKANSAS