Fishing Report – Bull Shoals, AR – October 24, 2013
(Updated 10-23-2013) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water clarity is good and the trout are biting well. The best technique has been drift fishing with shrimp or a wax worm/marshmallow combination.
(Updated 10-23-2013) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424)said Beaver Lake fell one tenth of a foot to rest at 1.5 feet below seasonal power pool or 11.1 feet below the top of flood pool. There have been low levels of generation in the morning and heavier generation in the afternoon. There has been no wadable water. The hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The best time to fish is early morning or late in the afternoon. The hot flies were Y2Ks, prince nymphs, zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead), pheasant tails, copper Johns, pink and cerise San Juan worms, gold ribbed hare’s ears and sow bugs. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small beadheaded nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended 18 inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise). Some anglers have been fishing large streamers on the heavy flows we have been getting later in the day and having success. This requires heavy sink tip lines (250 grain or heavier), heavy rods (eight weights or better) and advanced casting skills. The hot flies have been large articulated streamers in various colors.
(Updated 10-23-2013) Berry Brothers Guide Service said accesses on the Buffalo National River are open. Crooked Creek was never affected. Both streams are extremely low. The smallmouth are still active. The most effective fly has been a tan and brown Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River. There are no dams on these streams. They both have large drainages and are prone to flooding during and following any rain event. The water can rise very quickly.
(Updated 10-23-2013) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the stream is extremely low. The smallmouth are still active. The most effective fly has been a tan and brown Clouser minnow. Carefully check the water level before entering Crooked Creek or the Buffalo River.
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 658.03 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).
(Updated 10-8-2013) Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the surface water temperature is 76-80 degrees. Bass are biting on topwater baits early in the morning near shoreline brush and throughout the day in the middle of coves as they push shad to the surface. Most bass caught have been smaller spotted and smallmouth bass. Jigging spoons are catching largemouth bass, walleyes and larger spotted and smallmouth bass 30-50 feet deep under shad schools. Walleye are biting on crawler rigs trolled on bottom bouncers about 35 feet deep. Split-shotting nightcrawlers or crawfish on steep rocky points and around brush piles is catching a variety of fish. Drop-shot rigs also are working in these locations. Casting football jigs or crankbaits near the shore line brush and trolling shad-imitating lures also are working. Overall the lake bite has been slow but should improve with cooling water temperatures.