Fishing Report – September 22, 2010
From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is very clear and there’s been little generation. Trout are biting well on pink Power Worms and Power Bait drifted in the current. Some large browns and plenty of rainbows have been caught by fly-fishermen (Updated 9/15/2010).
Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) said there has been low generation and clear water. Corn has worked well for rainbow trout early each morning.
Guide Davy Wotton said fishing continues to be very good with low and moderate water levels. Bull Shoals Dam continues to produce way better than average rainbow trout, and larger brown trout are beginning to move into the State Park area. There have been some very good reports of high-number days below Calico, which is always a good bet if water levels are low. Trophy Browns are now also moving into the Norfork river from the confluence. Recent reports are that a 18 lb Rainbow was caught at the Wildcat shoals area, this is indeed a very special fish, not far behind the current river record of 19lb. Fishing has been good dead drifting nymphs, swinging soft hackles, and using dry nymph combinations and streamers. Low water levels will require small midge pupa and emergers, micro dry and at times fish will take soft hackles fished slowly across and downstream. Small sow bugs and scuds are also a good bet. High water flows provide the best drift fishing for all methods. Flies that have done well include shimmer, white tail and prism midges in sizes 14 to 16, sow bugs/scuds, prince nymph, and copper Johns.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge (870-499-5185) said 2 to 3 generators are running most days, and the White River Zig Jig fishing has been very good. If 4 or 5 generators come on, switch to a Black/Gold/White Countdown Rapala. Power Bait in any bright color fished on the bottom works as well. Berkley Yellow Power Corn has been producing quite a few fish.
Just Fishing Guides said the river level is 12.75 feet, which is perfect for floating and fishing. With cooler temperatures and autumn approaching, smallmouth are feeding aggressively. Minnow patterns should be your primary choice for fishing. Clouser Minnow, Shenk’s White Streamer, Murdich Minnow and KC’s Slider along with various topwater flies and large hopper patterns are some good patterns to try. (Updated 9/15/2010)
Bull Shoals Lake
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 654.48 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).
Mike Worley’s Guide Service said walleye are being caught 30-40 feet deep on crankbaits, crawler rigs and jigging spoons. White bass are biting on jigs and spoons in 70 feet of water. Black bass are biting on plastics, crankbaits and jigging spoons along bluffs dropping to 40 feet of water.
Bull Shoals Tailwater