Arkansas Fishing Report – April 26, 2012
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said fishing from Buffalo City to Reds Landing continues to be outstanding! Generation levels have been low for days and the fish have really been on the bite. Zig Jigs in most any color or Blue Fox spinners in gold work well. Rapalas in the deeper pools/runs are working fine. Large numbers of fish being caught and lots of folks out taking advantage of the great weather and fine fishing.
Just Fishing Guides said as of Monday, Ponca was very low at 1.92 feet, Pruitt was very low at 3.94 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 4.4 feet and Buffalo Point was moderate at 3.56 feet. Water temperature was ranging from 60-70 degrees and averaging 64 degrees. Water levels are low and very clear. Hope for some rain. Water temperatures are 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 10.54 feet Monday, 2.25 feet under the low-water bridge at Kelley’s Slab; low but floatable. Water level is very clear. Hope for some rain. Water temperature averaging 64 degrees; 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.
Bull Shoals Lake
the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.82 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).
Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the lake level is stable. Bass and walleye are biting. The B.A.S.S. Elite Series pros fished the lake last week and were catching an average of 50 keeper bass each every day. The bass are staging near bedding areas and are biting on crankbaits, stick baits and jigs. Walleye fishing also is good with crankbaits and bottom-bouncer nightcrawler rigs catching lots of nice-size fish. The bluegills are averaging half to three-quarters of a pound again.
Bull Shoals Tailwater
Just Fishing Guides said flows are continuous at 2,100-10,600 cfs with peak flows at 7-10 p.m. and 2,000-5,000 cfs during the day. Caddis are still predominant and a few sulphur mayflies are starting to show up. BH Z-Wing Caddis, Graphic Caddis, X-Caddis, BH Pheasant Tail, Copper John, Parachute Sulphur, sow bug, Hump Back Scud, San Juan Worm and various streamers are all recommended.