Fishing Report – September 8, 2010

From Arkansas Fish and Game Commission

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and low with zero to two generators running. Trout fishing is excellent on trout worms fished on White River rigs and on spinners.

Guide Davy Wotton said fishing has been great, and water levels have provided both good wade fishing a drift fishing options. The dry fly bite is still good and well worth fishing at this time. Fish may be a little picky, so hoppers of different sizes and color, ants both black and red, stimulators, elk hair caddis and Wulf wing dries have all done well. Low water levels then options will be dry fly, midge, soft hackles, wet fly or combinations of two or more. Flies to consider include sow bugs, scuds, midge patterns such as white tails, prisms, shimmer, and zebra in sizes 14 to 22. During higher flows, fish prism midges and San Juan worms in red, tan, orange and pink. Soft hackles have been producing well fished in riffles and moving water. If fishing low water levels both at Bull shoals dam and Norfork, then midges in sizes 18 to 22, sow bugs and micro soft hackles are good bets. Browns are moving well upstream at this time, so location is the key as it will change day to day.

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge (870-499-5185) said the fishing has been very good and very steady. With the low water being present for over a week, the fish are concentrated in the obvious places. The White River Zig Jig has been producing many fish. Make sure it gets close to the bottom before working it back in. Ginger and green have been top producers. The fly rod has been very effective as well. Green woolly buggers fished in fast water chutes/lanes/seams produce very well. Sinking line still produces better than floating.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said the river is very low from the headwaters to the Highway 14 bridge. Much dragging will be experienced. After the bridge, the water level is low but floatable. River level is 2.64 feet and flowing at 139 cfs near Harriet at the Highway 14 bridge. The really hot weather has pushed the best times for fishing to early morning and late evening. Soft plastics such as 4-inch Zoom lizards, baby brush hogs and tube baits in greens and brown shades are working best. Fly fishing is good with top-water flies in the evening and subsurface flies all other times. Crazy dads, Clouser minnows and muted colors of sparkle grubs are working best.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said smallmouth fishing continues to be very good on the creek. Crawdad patterns bounced on the bottom along with Clouser minnows and KC’s Slider have been picking up some good fish.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 652.99 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said walleye, crappie and bass are following schools of shad out in the main lake. Trolling large deep-diving crankbaits in 30 to 40 feet of water is catching fish. There is also some surface activity. Fish can be found on deeper brush piles and will bite jigging spoons. Bluegills are bedding 30 feet deep and are biting on nightcrawlers.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Ken Richards at Just Fishing Guides says generation has been low, with two generators running until 1 p.m., and then bumped up to five to eight units the rest of the day. Drift fishing has been good using various nymphs. Scuds, sow bugs, Copper Johns, BH Pheasant Tails, BH Caddis and San Juan worms, all fished under an indicator near the bottom with an occasional twitch are producing good numbers of fish.

Fishing Report – September 1, 2010

From Arkansas Fish and Game Commission

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is low, with generators cranking up only at about 1 or 2 p.m. Trout fishing is good on Power Bait, shrimp and spinners. Fly fishing is good with small pink San Juan worms.

Guide Davy Wotton said the fishing has been excellent, despite the heat and humidity. Brown trout have really been good early before the sun rises high. Top flies include hoppers in green, yellow, orange and tan, muddlers, Invictas, March browns, sow bugs and whitetail midges. Streamers are also a good bet early and late, before the fog levels set in, after which fishing is not so good. Water levels have been up and down, so it pays to fish zones with even flow, or at the flush of the rise. Some anglers have experienced slower than normal fishing, which may well be due to fishing the wrong location or zones that fish have moved out of due to low water and increased water temperatures. There have been some good opportunities for wading. Browns are certainly on the move upstream; if you locate one then stick around as the odds are there will be more fish in the area. Look for deep water zones, shoal and riffle water which provide comfort zones for the fish. Reports from spin and bait fisherman are up and down. Some are doing very well, while others have slow days, here again best options will be early and late during the day all be it fish will be found in deeper water zones and areas of well oxygenated water.

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge (870-499-5185) had no report.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said the river is very low from the headwaters to the Highway 14 bridge. Much dragging will be experienced. After the bridge, the water level is low but floatable. River level is 2.64 feet and flowing at 139 cfs near Harriet at the Highway 14 bridge. The really hot weather has pushed the best times for fishing to early morning and late evening. Soft plastics such as 4-inch Zoom lizards, baby brush hogs and tube baits in greens and brown shades are working best. Fly fishing is good with top-water flies in the evening and subsurface flies all other times. Crazy dads, Clouser minnows and muted colors of sparkle grubs are working best.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said smallmouth fishing continues to be very good on the creek. Crawdad patterns bounced on the bottom along with Clouser minnows and KC’s Slider have been picking up some good fish.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 652.81 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the bite on Bull Shoals is good. Bass are in 15-30 feet of water and are biting on plastics and jigs. Crappie are suspended over brush piles and biting on spoons and grubs. Walleye are 28 feet deep and are still biting well on any type of crawler rig or trolled crankbait. A few stripers have been caught lately, too.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Ken Richards at Just Fishing Guides says generation has been low, with two generators running until 1 p.m., and then bumped up to five to eight units the rest of the day. Drift fishing has been good using various nymphs. Scuds, sow bugs, Copper Johns, BH Pheasant Tails, BH Caddis and San Juan worms, all fished under an indicator near the bottom with an occasional twitch are producing good numbers of fish.

Crappie Fishing – Part 2

Part 2 as Doug Jordan and Max Clark – www.OutdoorsInTheDelta.com team up with fishing guide Fred Richardson of Protem, Missouri with what they call the “Missouri Slam” as they go after Crappie on Bull Shoals Lake.