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Map file is huge - loads slow but you can zoom to exact GPS spots ! !
The Lake Conway Home Owners Association (LCHOA) has 'tons' of info including current articles such as meeting notes -- plus valuable links to AGFC articles e.g. more news / info than can ever be covered here by a lazy retired arkieprince :) - Highly recommended for latest news / changes / rules - plus they can use more paying members if you live anywhere near Lake Conway.
This tip page is very limited in scope and 'tilted' toward fishing on Lake Conway (in Arkansas). Lake Conway is a very shallow public lake built by the Game and Fish Commission in the late-late 40's and early 50's (6,700-acres - average depth about 5-6' (less each year :( - about 8 miles long. Summary: A shallow fishing lake built for the public (no federal funds - making it "the largest man-made game and fish commission lake")
Location: Dam / spillway area is off exit 135 at Mayflower and upper end of lake is accessible from Ark. 286 near Conway, Arkansas.
Most popular knot = improved clinch knot
(1) Run end of the line through the hook eye, then twist the end of the line about four to five times around the main line.
2) Put the end of the line through the new small loop just above the hook eye; then push the end of the line through the bigger, new loop
3) Pull the line tight, down to the eye of the hook. Snip off the excess line from the knot.
Hook Size: From smallest to largest:
e.g. 6 is bigger than a size 8...but size 8/0 is larger than a 6/0.
When air temperature is above water temperature, general rule is that the fishing is best when the barometer is steady or rising. (Of course, fish are famous for not reading the rules so here are other possible barometric pressure tips:
Summary: slowly changing (rising / falling) pressure appear to be best conditions.
Fishing is usually best right before a weather front/systems moves through (falling pressure). But the passing of a warm front may not shut down the fishing - while the passing of a cold front may shut down the fishing for a couple days
Cloudy days or a light rain often improves fishing especially a warm spring rain. The warm rain will wash bait into the lake and warm the water at the same time - perfect conditions for a fish feeding frenzy. BTW: heavy rain may have opposite effect for example muddy water may limit the visibility - and also may get in their gills
Many fish are most active during the early morning and late evening hours especially if there is less wind (turbulent waters) which allows the fish to search the shallow water for food on or near the surface. Of course, time of year and temperature makes a big difference e.g. in spring the fishing may be great into mid day - while in hot summer time the 'best' fishing may end before 9AM (you have to think like a fish and remember they like feeding in calm warm water but do not like really hot / bright (sunny) days.
Wind pushes bait fish to the downwind shore and the bank fishing is better when casting into the wind. From a boat - casting cross wind along the downwind shore allows you to cover a larger area and perhaps locate more fish.
Subjects that could fill a book: Building / maintaining structures such as brush piles, etc. What size hooks to use - what type hooks (circle-etc.?) Also types of chum / bait to use for various fish e.g. range cubes seem to work well in brush piles to bring in bait fish (small bream / minnows / shad) - and even crappie / bass / catfish (or maybe the bait fish bring in the crappie / bass / catfish - who knows or who cares as long as range cubes help bring in fish and bait fish :) Range cubes sink so they works better than dry dog food (which has to be pre-soaked and crushed - or put in a porous bag )
Stop Knot from string or replace knot with piece of rubber band :)
For large live bait - use cork in noodle (split or not)
Fishing Live Bait at controlled distance from bottom.
Use noodle around cork for live bait off bottom
P.S. Stink bait photo from a video tip
Special Youtube video: How to Raise Crickets and Worms.
Worms: Red worms best for bream. Nightcrawlers best for catfish and bass. (Canadian nightcrawlers are sold at most bait shops - but the nightcrawlers found in leaf beds are much better. (Many people raise worms - or maintain mulch or manure piles to dig for large nightcrawlers)
Crickets: Are best for bream. Bream fishermen constantly debate the worm vs cricket issue :) IMHO you lose less bait when using worms but you get fewer bites than when using crickets - so it evens out in the end :) Sidebar: when trying to catch trotline size bream - a small piece of worm on very small hook is best bait
Minnow: Pink minnows best for crappie. Larger minnows for bass and catfish. Shiners (Very Large minnow like bait) for Catfish
Catawba (Catalpa) worms: Great for catfish (seem to catch more eating size Channel Cats) - Harvesting the worm is best from June through October (around here) but varies from year to year with some seasons yielding only 'one crop' in June. Frozen catalpa worms (usually in corn meal) can be dropped into room temperature water just before using them to prevent them from 'turning' black and less effective.
Shad and Skipjacks: Excellent bait for catfish but shad are difficult to keep alive. Both are found below the spillway/dam at various times (mainly when the river is high and backs up to the spillway.
Small bream (less than 4"): Excellent bait for Flathead catfish (a popular target). Good 'job' for young kids - fix up a cane pole and tiny hook and watch them smile while they load up your bait pen :)
Crawdad's - not very popular but good for bass or catfish if you find a good supplier.
Note: Too many lures to make recommendations except for crappie - which seem to like chartreuse jigs as well or better than other colors (or perhaps the majority of the crappie fishermen are brain washed :)
Live bait tip - use a hypodermic syringe to inflate a nightcrawler. Adding a shot of air in the body lifts the worms up, making them more visible to catfish. Your sinker moves along the bottom while your crawlers ride high.
Pre-made trotline with "snap on" drop lines (such as Big Catch Trotline) are good but it's better to replace the 4/0 regular hooks with 5/0 Stainless Steel hooks that will not rust.
Split noodle with clips in split then wrap and hook - easy to grab
knot in drop line prevents looping over clip
Alternate colots of drops for alternating bait