Larry Walters at Bones Bait Shop (501-354-9900) said the crappie bite is beginning to pick up, and that’s what we’re hearing in a lot of other reports around central and south Arkansas. The unseasonable (for Sept. 6) temperatures seem to be having the crappie thinking it’s nearly October. At Brewer Lake, you’ll find the crappie at 10-12 feet depth of water. Bass fishing is good, too, Larry says, with crankbaits working best. Johnny “Catfish” Banks at nearby Lake Overcup also notes crappie picking up. In southwest Arkansas, Millwood Lake is seeing an uptick in crappie bite, with Mike Siefert telling us crappie is improving near standing timber and planted brush in the backs of the oxbows from 12-16 feet deep; catch them on vertical jigging spoons, small H&H’s, paddle tail grubs and Blakemore Road Runners. Our guides and anglers at DeGray Lake are also noting the earlier-than-expected fall crappie bite, and Capt. Darryl Morris says he sees crappie beginning to move up into the brush piles. He says minnows and jigs fished 10-15 feet deep will produce. John Duncan says to fish slow with minnows deep in the brush, and a drop-shot is good for penetrating the piles. George Graves says to look for brush in 18-25 feet of water and fish a 2-inch Kalin’s Grub in Tennessee Shad color.