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Old 10-17-2005, 02:44 PM
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Arkansas River: Charley?s Hidden Harbor near Oppelo said the headwater from Lock 9 is 286.24 and the tailwater is 269.58 with a flow of 900 cubic feet per second. The extremely slow flow has spread fish out with no major staging areas. Black bass have moved underneath the overhangs. Try fishing buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and Horny Toads in pumpkin colors underneath woody cover. Kentucky bass are biting well on pumpkin Horny Toads around the jetties. The trick for jetty fishing is to stop the bait and let it fall every so often during the retrieve. Stripers have moved to the jetties around 15 to 30 feet deep and are biting well on CC Spoons and Shad Raps. Catfish have moved to the upstream side of the jetties and are biting on whole shad in 6 to 20 feet of water. Bream are biting fair on small black Rooster Tails in 5 to 8 feet of water. Crappie are biting fair on minnows near the grass line in 5 to 8 feet of water.
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