Arkansas Fishing Report – May 17, 2012
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and low. Trout fishing is excellent, especially with PowerBait. Small spinners and spoons are working, along with Zebra Midges and Copper Johns. The water’s too low for big baits; light tackle is recommended.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) had this report for Buffalo City to Red’s Landing: If you want to catch the most fish in your life, now is the time. Water flow from generation has been zero for a long time and the White River is dead low. You are better off to get a guide who is mobile and do a one-way trip. You will catch more fish than you thought possible. Fly-fishing or spin fishing will produce the same but be prepared to help get the boat past several obstacles. Jigs are continuing to produce a lot of fish, as well as Woolly Buggers in the small runs along the route.
Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the river is clear and low. Crappie are fair on minnows. Bass are fair with plastics, Gitzits, grubs and other baits. Walleye are fair on crankbaits and live bait. No report on other species.
Just Fishing Guides said as of Monday, Ponca was very low at 1.6 feet, Pruitt was very low at 3.49 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 3.69 feet and Buffalo Point was low at 2.93 feet. Water temperature was ranging from 75-82 degrees and averaging 78 degrees. The river level is extremely low for floating; the water is clear. Water temperatures are very good for smallmouth. Make sure you are fishing deep holes on warm, sunny days. Some good fish have been caught. With the warmer temperatures continuing, fishing is really picking up. Fish slow and deep with soft plastics in watermelon red and green pumpkinseed, or crawdad pattern flies. Stealth is needed.
Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelley’s Slab was reading 10.06 ft and 171 cfs Monday. Low but floatable. Water temperatures have been averaging 76 degrees. Make sure you are fishing deep holes on warm, sunny days. Some good fish have been caught. With the warmer temperatures continuing, fishing is really picking up. Fish slow and deep with soft plastics in watermelon red and green pumpkinseed, or crawdad pattern flies. Stealth is needed.
Bull Shoals Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.8 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).
Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the water temp is 74 degrees. Bass and walleye are biting on crankbaits cast along rocky points in the early morning and evening, as well as at night. The thermocline has set up at about 18 feet and walleye are biting around that depth on bottom-bouncer night crawler rigs during the day. Bass are also biting on jigs and soft plastics like tube baits and lizards 5-15 feet deep. Night fishing is very good on crankbaits and jigs for bass and walleye. There is also a deep-water walleye bite on crankbaits in the 30- to 40-foot range in 100 feet of water. Jigging spoons are catching a good mixed bag of fish on points in 25-35 feet of water.
Bull Shoals Tailwater
Just Fishing Guides said drift fishing has been excellent with a variety of patterns and presentations. Streamers, nymphs, dry flies and terrestrials are all working at different times and areas during the day.