Saturday, October 15, 2011
Lake Atkins, Pope County, Arkansas: Great lake with lots of structure
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Lake Atkins is located in central Arkansas between Little Rock and Ft. Smith. I brought my SOT fishing kayak, "The Bossy Flossy" along for the trip. I was able to get a couple of hours of fishing in before the sun started to go down (I figured the fishing would turn on towards sunset). I paddled across the lake and drifted along shore. This lake is chock-full of trees, stumps and structure. I had read that it was drained in 2002 and restocked with Florida-strain Largemouth bass.
It is a nice sized lake, and looks like one that does not receive as much pressure due to the stumps and the location.
I was throwing a lot of stuff out trying to get something to hit. I have not had a lot of success the last couple of trips, so I was really hoping to catch something (It is funny how if you do not catch a bass after about the 3rd trip you start to wonder if you can remember how to fish!!).
I put out some white spinners, mini spinners with minnow, stand up jig with hula grubs, texas rigged dark worms. What I had success on was what my go to has been for 2011- watermelon zoom trick worm texas rigged on spinning rod. And sure enough, caught it in some trees, right about sunset.