Arkansas Fishing Report – December 22, 2011
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear with two to seven generators running. Trout fishing is excellent on Buoyant Spoons, Lil Cleos, Rooster Tails (green, brown and black), Rogues and Rapalas and white jigs are catching some good brown trout.
Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) said fishing has been hot in the deep channels above the North Fork ramp using black/gold size 5 and 7 Shad Raps.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said fishing has been great. Water levels have remained constant, with plenty of water to get up and down the river. Rapalas (black/gold/white or spring perch colors) work well on higher water. As it drops, go to the Zig Jig (ginger, ginger/orange or olive/ginger). The long term weather forecast is very good so get that motor started and enjoy the White River.
Just Fishing Guides said the river levels are – Ponca – 2.30 feet and 97 cfs; Pruitt – 4.57 feet and 102 cfs; Tyler Bend – 5.69 feet and 1160 cfs; Buffalo Point – 4.37 feet and 1120 cfs. Water temperatures range from 45-49 degrees. Water temperatures are right at the point where fishing gets tough for smallmouth. Make sure you are fishing the deep holes and shallower waters on warm sunny days.
Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelly’s Slab is reading 10.76 ft and 60 cfs. This is 1.5 feet below the low-water bridge. Water temperatures have been averaging 47 degrees. Water temperatures are right at the point where fishing gets tough for smallmouth. Make sure you are fishing the deep holes and shallower waters on warm sunny days.
Bull Shoals Lake
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.86 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).
Mike Worley’s Guide Service said water surface temperature is in the low- to mid-50s. Many areas are very foggy with the cold air, so be careful when boating. Jigging spoons are still catching a mixed bag of black and white bass and a few crappie in 30 to 50 feet of water. Walleyes have been moving shallow and can be caught on suspending stick baits on points and in coves. Crappie are suspended over brush piles and around standing timber along bluff banks. Smallmouth and spotted bass are in shallow water and are biting very well on crawfish-colored jigs and crankbaits.
Bull Shoals Tailwater
Just Fishing Guides said generation has been around the clock, varying between two to six units (5,000-20,000 cfs). Nymphing and streamers are two of the more productive presentations. Seasonal flies include scuds, sow bugs, blue wing olives, micro caddis, midges, worm, egg and sculpin patterns.