Steve & Lisa Spencer give tips and conditions for local fishing holes in Saline County in this column. See more info about Steve and Lisa at the end.
Saline River – with the access to the river under the I-30 bridge past Sunset Lake being closed due to the construction, it has made it hard for some to get up to the spillway. For now, putting in at Lyle Park access and going down to it would be an option. Catfish been doing pretty good there at the spillway with minnows on the bottom, If you want the walleye, use the brooders just with a small splitshot and let them go, don’t fish them on bottom unless you want a catfish. A couple of guys have done good on the walleye there with brooders some getting a few and others getting almost their limit. My husband went early Sunday morning, he caught 4 walleye, missed 3 others, then caught a nice Kentucky. He said once it got sunlight, they cut off and he didn’t have another bite. Which is 6 per person. You can find the regulations for the river in the new book on page 78 at the top of the page. Crappie doing good on #6 crappie minnows & pink crappie minnows. Bass have been doing good off of brooder minnows too.
Sunset Lake – crappie been doing good early in the mornings off of pink crappie minnows & #4 crappie minnows. Around the dock and also closer to the little island out there. Bass have been biting on the brooder minnows and also small jigs like beetle spins and spinner baits black at night and white and pink during the day. With the warmer temperatures the bream have been going after the crickets and red worms pretty good. Catfish are being caught off of night crawlers and #12 bass minnows. You can find the regulations for this lake in the new book on page 70 at the top of the page. Which we have if you need one !
Lake Norrell – good reports of some slab crappie being caught up in the coves using #6 crappie minnows & pink crappie minnows. Bass around the docks with #12 bass minnows & brooder minnows as well as spinner baits and zing tails – firtiger color has been good. Catfish good on cut baits, goldfish and night crawlers. Few bream being caught off of crickets fishing on bottom.
Bishop Park Ponds – crappie being caught on #6 crappie minnows. Catfish doing good on #12 bass minnows, night crawlers and cut baits. Bass fair on brooder minnows & #12 bass minnows. Bream being taken on crickets as well as on red worms, and brown rock hoppers.
Lake Winona – catfish doing fair on bait shrimp, night crawlers and goldfish. Crappie good on #6 crappie & #12 bass minnows. A few walleye off of brooder minnows & bass minnows. Bream fair on crickets. Bass off of minnows as well, lots of small bass.
Hot Spots – Lake Hamilton crappie doing good on the brush using the pink crappie minnows.
Steve & Lisa Spencer have owned Lisa’s Bait Shop at 2112 Watts Road in Benton since 1985. They are happy to serve you 7 days of the week. Click image below to visit them on Facebook.