Arkansas Fishing Report – March 28, 2012
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the river is clear. Small to medium trout are excellent. If you’re drift fishing, try river rigs, PowerBait and pink worms. Midges are working for fly anglers. Try throwing jigs and stick baits for brown trout.
Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) said he had no fishing report.
Guide Davy Wotton said generation has been erratic, making it difficult to find fish and a consistent pattern. During high water, algae is flowing downstream, making it hard to keep your line and lure clean. There have been some periods of low water and some opportunities for wade fishing. Caddis are emerging during the day, offering good fishing on dry flies, soft hackles and wet flies. Scuds, sow bugs, midges, baetis and mayfly nymph imitations are working well. While fishing from a boat, drift a white tail, prism midge, hare’s ear nymph or prince nymph in low flows. For high flows, choose streamers, crayfish imitations and sculpins to search for a trophy brown trout.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said the White River from Buffalo City to Red’s Landng is still very colored because of muddy water from the Buffalo River and Crooked Creek. Drag PowerBaits to pick up some fish but it will get better in a few more days when the river gets that greenish/brown color to it. Fish the mouth of any feeder creek on the White and catch smallmouth, as well as some trout. The Buffalo River was about 5 feet above normal but the smallmouth bass are biting in spawning areas that have gravel and mud on them. Gitzits work well in dark colors.
Just Fishing Guides said the river level was at 18 feet and rising Wednesday morning at Arkansas Highway 14; the river was closed to floating.
Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelly’s Slab was reading above 17 feet (high) and rising Wednesday morning.
Bull Shoals Lake
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 662.05 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).
Mike Worley’s Guide Service said walleye are spawning on main lake points and biting on stick baits late during the day and at night. Bass are moving into main lake creek coves and pockets, and biting on Carolina-rigged lizards and centipedes. Crappie are in shallow water and biting on grubs and Swim N Minnows. White bass are moving into creeks and coves and biting on anything that looks like a shad.
Bull Shoals Tailwater
Just Fishing Guides said the lake level was 654.1 feet and generation had been around the clock with 1-2 units (2,000 cfs and spikes to 18,000 cfs) during the week. Caddis patterns are the preferred flies now. Suggested patterns include Prince nymph, Zugbug, Hare ’n’ Copper (olive), BH Z-Wing caddis (olive), partridge and peacock soft hackle, graphic caddis and elk hair caddis, all in size 14.