Arkansas Fishing Report – January 12, 2012
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and low with little generation. Trout are excellent. Fly-fishing anglers are catching them on woolly buggers and brown, red or black and silver zebra midges. Spin fishermen are catching plenty of trout on suspending Rattling Rogues and stick baits.
Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) said the river is running most days with a little trash. Fishing has been fair with some nice catches being taken in the mornings before noon. Use number 5 and 7 Rapala Countdowns in Black/Gold.
Guide Davy Wotton said unseasonably warm weather has been most welcome, and fish have been active most of the day. Generations have been a little erratic with days of very high water to lower generations and shut down, therefore you will have to pay attention for the best zones to fish, be it wade or boat fishing. Brown trout fishing continues to be exceptional with many days of double-digit numbers and fish well over 20 inches. Both rivers are well stocked with rainbows as well. The best options will be drift-fishing combinations of sow bugs, white tail black and red midges, prism worms and hares ear during low water. During high water, switch to combinations of eggs, San Juan worms, larger sizes of sow bugs, scuds and white tail midges. Streamer fishing may be good one day and gone another. The Bull Shoals Dam area opens Feb 1. If there are low water levels then, midges, sowbugs and soft hackles will be the order of the day, if we see generations then most of the above will work..
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said fishing is excellent on green or ginger Zig Jigs. In the deeper holes, Rapalas will produce. Get out and enjoy the nice weather. Just be careful in the low water and keep an eye out for problem areas. Get someone to shuttle you around and do one-way trips.
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 unseasonably warm weather has kept water temps 48-52 degrees with many species of fish moving shallow and biting on jigs, suspending stick baits and grubs. Sow rolling an Alabama rig baited with 5 twister-tailed grubs has produced striped bass, white bass, black bass and walleye. Deeper fish are biting on jigging spoons about 40 feet deep on points and drop offs. Crappie are biting over brush piles on jigs about 20 feet deep.
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.