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 – Off and on rain has made it hard to catch the river just right, but when it’s right the fishing is good. Brooder minnows will get you bites from smallmouth, Kentucky and largemouth bass, as well as walleye. Crawdad colored crank baits will work too. Crappie fishing can be good with #6 minnows or your favorite crappie jigs. Catfish will bite best at night on minnows, night crawlers or gold fish. Bream fishing is fair with crickets or red worms.
Sunset Lake – Crappie fishing has been fair with pink minnows, #6 minnows and Bobby Garland jigs in Monkey Milk and Ghost colors at night and early in the mornings. Bass have been hitting #6 and #12 minnows as well as jigs and crank baits. Catfish are are biting night crawlers and bait shrimp fished on the bottom. Bream fishing has been slow but some have been hitting crickets and worms.
Lake Norrell – Crappie have been biting fair for some using #6 minnows and Bobby Garland Baby Shad jigs. Bass fishing has been fair with minnows, crank baits and jigs fished on bottom. Catfish have been biting fair on minnows, night crawlers and stink baits with blood added. Bream are biting slow and customers tell us red worms are the only thing they can get them to bite lately.
Bishop Park Ponds – Crappie and bass have been biting #6 and #12 minnows. Catfish have been caught recently on minnows, night crawlers and bait shrimp. Bream fishing has been slow but crickets or red worms will catch a few.
Lake Winona – Catfish have been biting at dusk for a couple of anglers using minnows and night crawlers. Bass are hitting live minnows, plastic worms and lizards and jigs. Crappie fishing has been fair with jigs and #12 minnows. Bream have been biting fair on crickets ad red worms.We’ve had a couple of reports of walleye being caught in the lake and below the spillway on brooder minnows.
Hot Spots – as far as this goes still hearing about Lake Hamilton the crappie have been doing good on pink crappie minnows and #4 crappie minnows . And the walleye on the Saline River was good but the river has went up and it’s fixing to do a lot of raining this week so it’s going to be getting that much higher and mess it up.
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.