Arkansas Fishing Report – April 19, 2012
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the river is clear with three-four generators running. Trout are good; water is cropped, a little breezy. Drift fishing with PowerBait, Rogues and Rapalas.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said fishing has been great of late and it appears that it will stay that way for quite a while. Generation schedules have returned to a “normal” mode and have been consistent. That helps the fishing quite a bit. Zig Jigs and Rapalas are working very well, as are PowerBaits if you want to fish the bottom.
Just Fishing Guides said as of Tuesday, Ponca was very low at 2.05 feet, Pruitt was very low at 4.08 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 4.67 feet and Buffalo Point was moderate at 3.74 feet. Water levels are low and very clear. Water temperatures are in the mid-60s, good for smallmouth. Make sure you are fishing the deep holes on warm, sunny days. Some good fish have been caught. With the warmer temperatures continuing, fishing is really picking up. Fish slowly and deep with soft plastics or crawdad-pattern flies. The rivers are at early summer levels and very clear. Stealth is needed.
Just Fishing Guides said gauge at Kelley’s Slab was reading 11.16 feet Tuesday. This is 15 inches under the low-water bridge at Kelley’s Access. Water temperature has been averaging 64 degrees. Make sure you are fishing the deep holes on warm, sunny days. Some good fish have been caught. With the warmer temperatures continuing, fishing is really picking up. Fish slowly and deep with soft plastics or crawdad-pattern flies. The rivers are at early summer levels and very clear. Stealth is needed.
Bull Shoals Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 654.58 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).
Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the lake has been stable at about 654 feet for several days, with generation at the dam cut back to about 5,000 cfs. Fishing has improved and walleye are biting on several types of baits and lures. Bottom bouncers with half of a night crawler fished on a Slow Death spinner rig has been catching a mixed bag of fish. Split-shotting a whole night crawler on points and bluff ends is working well also. Soft pastics such as grubs, lizards and centipedes are catching bass in the backs of coves and creek arms. Suspending stick baits like Rogues and Lucky Craft is working well in the early morning and late afternoon.
Bull Shoals Tailwater
Just Fishing Guides said generation has backed off as the lake approaches power pool. Caddis are still predominant and a few sulphur mayflies starting to show up. BH Z-Wing Caddis, Graphic Caddis, X-Caddis, BH Pheasant Tail, Copper John, Parachute Sulphur, sow bugs, Hump Back Scud, San Juan Worm and various streamers are all recommended.