Arkansas Fishing Report – May 31, 2012
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and low. Trout fishing is excellent, especially with PowerBait or PowerWorms. Small spinners, spoons, Little Rogues and Rapalas (1-2 inches) are working. Fly-fishermen are having good results with Zebra Midges, Copper Johns and grasshoppers.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) had this report for Buffalo City to Red’s Landing: Water levels continue to be erratic but mostly low. This allows the Zig Jig to continue producing. Large numbers of fish caught on a daily basis. When the water is very low, go to a sixteenth-ounce jig or even a thirty-second ounce. It allows the jig to drop slower in shallow water and gives the fish a chance to see it. As usual, PowerBait in most any color will produce. Drift and drag or cast them out like a plastic worm presentation and work it back in.
Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the river is clear and low. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair with minnows. Bass are fair with crankbaits, assorted lures, as well as Senkos, grubs and Gitzits. Some catfish and rough fish have been snagged below the dam.
Just Fishing Guides said as of Wednesday, Ponca was very low at 1.5 feet, Pruitt was very low at 3.3 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 3.5 feet and Buffalo Point was low at 2.8 feet. Water temperature was averaging in the upper 70s. 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 ft and 166 cfs Wednesday. 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 654 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).
Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the water temperature is 80 degrees. Walleye and bass are biting night crawlers fished on bottom bouncers about 15 feet deep. Crankbaits are working at that depth, too. White bass are biting anything that looks like a shad. Catfish are in shallow water (5-20 feet) and are biting cut bait and night crawlers. Night fishing is good for walleyes by casting crankbaits on main lake points and bass, using jigs and plastic worms.
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.