Hottest February Walleye Fishing in Arkansas
February 12, 2014
In southeast Arkansas you have wide, lazy rivers and their network of cypress-studded oxbows. There you'll find bass in the Ouachita River and February walleye fishing in Arkansas.
We have some big lakes in the mountain regions that hold monster stripers, white bass, hybrids, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, Kentucky bass, walleyes and crappie.
With so many great opportunities, you'll need a planner to help you organize your trips. Well, here it is, a resource showing the best trips of the month. Do them all and check them off. Let's get started, shall we?
Bull Shoals Lake
Over the years, Bull Shoals Lake has quietly become one of America's best walleye lakes. Local anglers would like it to stay quiet, but it's hard to keep a secret when one place consistently produces so many double-digit weight walleyes.
In February, big walleyes stage on main points as they prepare to move up the main tributaries to spawn. The best banks are on the north and west sides of the lake, facing south and east.
Like all predator fish, walleyes relate to shad, and they follow their food wherever it goes. Winters are harsh in the northernmost part of Arkansas, and that affects fishing dramatically. Bull Shoals typically experiences a big shad kill in the depths of winter, which reduces food availability until spring. That's good for fishing because less natural food makes walleyes more receptive to artificial lures. You can catch them with large, suspending stickbaits or deep-diving crankbaits. Work them slowly, with a subtle presentation. Jigging spoons can be especially productive on windy, cloudy days.
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