Keep your bait cool, advise anglers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Minnows, worms, nightcrawlers, crickets, meal worms, wax worms all cannot take the kind of heat Arkansas is experiencing. Even if you go out at daybreak, the bait will suffer unless some cooling is used.
Many fishermen simply put the bait in the cooler that has their drinks and some ice. Ugh, you say? OK, use a separate cooler.
That frozen plastic bottle or several of them can keep containers of worms in good shape for hours. The cricket container can fit in a cooler with ice bottles around it.