Total ducks in the Arkansas Delta number around the usual midwinter average, according to last week's aerial survey, but mallard counts were down.
Bret Coble pulled this catfish from the Saline River near Benton this week. Fishing on the state's smaller rivers seems the best call with water temperatures mostly in the 40s. Coble was using a brooder minnow, which works for a variety of fish. Photo provided by Lisa Spencer of Lisa's Bait Shop.
Specklebellies by the hundreds were settled on a field Sunday in Arkansas County south of Stuttgart. Photo by Jim Harris.
The Spring River is producing, even though water conditions are shaky. Photo provided by Mark Crawford of Spring River Guide Service.
LITTLE ROCK — It may sound simple enough to the everyday WMA waterfowl hunter, but to the newcomer or the not-so-veteran waterfowler using public land, scouting the area for ducks is best accomplished by watching how groups of ducks are flying from a resting area, according to Luke Naylor, the AGFC's waterfowl program coordinator.
If you're in the right spot, you'll come across good concentrations of waterfowl during these wet days in Arkansas.
Specklebellies were occasionally observered the past week in the Arkansas Delta, but not in the great numbers of this time a year ago.