Arkansas Fishing Report – January 17, 2013
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is murky and was low until yesterday. Three generators are running. Trout are biting well. Fly-fishing, in particular, is very good.
Just Fishing Guides said as of Monday, the river was very low. Ponca was at 1.86 feet, Pruitt was very low at 3.97 feet, Tyler Bend was at 4.28 feet and Buffalo Point was at 3.43 feet. Be prepared to walk and drag your boat quite a bit. Water temperatures are in the lower 40’s in the morning to near 50 degrees in the afternoon on warmer days.
Just Fishing Guides said the water is at 9.65 feet at Kelly’s Access. The rivers and streams are near their seasonal averages. Be prepared to walk and drag your boat quite a bit. Get ready to fish slow and deep for smallmouth.
Bull Shoals Lake
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 646.28 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).
Bull Shoals Tailwater
Just Fishing Guides said water releases have been averaging 1,000 with highs to 6,500 cfs. From the 1st to the 6th there were no releases at the dam. This is allowing wade fishing in most areas. Postspawn browns are starting to feed and for you streamer addicts now is the time. Reports of fish up to 24 inches are being caught. Mike Schmidt’s Double Deceiver is the hot fly as well as most of the bigger articulated flies. Shades of olive, pink and yellow are good color choices now. On days with a slow streamer bite, nymphing is always a reliable option. Scuds, sow bugs, midges, blue wing olives, micro caddis, egg and worm patterns should be in your arsenal. Remember the area above the state park is closed until February 1 to protect spawning browns and in the State Park all browns are catch and release.