Fishing Report, January 20, 2011
From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and six generators are running. Rainbow trout are biting well on PowerBait. Brown trout are biting well on white jigs.
Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) said rainbow trout have been hitting brown trout-colored Rapala floating minnows and countdown minnows in size 7 cast toward the bank and retrieved slowly.
Guide Davy Wotton said despite some wicked cold and serious winds, those who have braved the conditions have done well. Many large brown trout have been caught, including one in the 16- to 18-pound range at the Wildcat Zone. Flows have ranged from zero to high flows, so adapting to the conditions is paramount. Water temperatures are now in the mid to low 40s, so expect the bite to be slow. The best option is to dead drift zebra, shimmer and white tail midges in deep, slow water. Gray and Tan sow bugs and olive scuds are also good bets. During periods of generation, move more toward a two-fly rig with one fly of bright color such as a red, tan or pink egg or San Juan worm. If generations are high, opt for larger 3- to 6-inch streamers into the shoreline as you drift from a boat.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge (870-499-5185) said fishing has continued to be good. Many fish are being caught on the White River Zig Jig in ginger or ginger/orange and black/gold/white No. 7 Countdown Rapalas. The numbers have been good on the entire stretch of river. Most fish have been caught close to swift water. When the water starts to drop, be sure to take a fly rod with an Olive Woolly Bugger and strip it where there a lot of rocks on the bottom and the water is 5 feet or less. Be safe on the water and pay attention to what is going on around you; the constant up and down of the generation will bring rocks into play that you did not see just a short time earlier.
Bull Shoals Lake
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 647.92 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).
Bull Shoals Tailwater