Arkansas Fishing Report

From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and high with four to seven generators running continuously. Rainbow trout are excellent on small spinnerbaits and drift-rigs. The brown trout bite is slowing down.

Guide Davy Wotton said flood gates at Bull Shoals Dam are closed. River flow has almost returned to normal with some periods of no generation and up to six gates open. Norfork is running about 3000 cubic feet per second. Sulphurs and PMDs are hatching so expect to see surface feeding. PMD soft hackles and dries or PTNs and sulphur nymphs are a good bet for dead drift techniques. The Cicada bite has been good also working imitations close to shorelines and structures. Streamer fishing during higher flow has been productive early in the morning and late in the evening. Combinations of GRHE, PTNs, White tail and Prism midges in black and red, sowbugs in gray and tan and scuds in olive and orange work best for low and medium flow rates. San Juan Worms, Dynamite and Prism worms and eggs may also be fished in combination with a two-fly worm rig for higher flow. (Last updated on June 22, 2011)

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge (870-499-5185) said the water is stained. Power Baits, Zig Jigs and Rapalas all work well if weighted enough to reach the bottom.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said bottom-bouncing tubes, lizards and Brush Hawgs in watermelon and green pumpkin colors work well. Fly fishermen should try Crazy Dads, Near Nuff Crawdad, Near Nuff Sculpin, Clouser Minnow and Shenks White Streamer on both floating and sink-tip lines. (Last updated on June 22, 2011)

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said Kelly’s Access is at 10.68 feet and flow is 56 cubic feet per second. This is a little low for good floating. Minnow patterns are best for fly fishermen. Clousers (standard and fur strip) in olive and tan colors, Zonkers in white and olive, Near Nuff Sculpins and Meat Whistles in olive and Shenks Streamer in white are all working well. Try Pop-R’s and sliders in chartreuse, white, black and frog colors, also. Spin fisherman are doing well with soft plastic worms, jerkbaits and topwater lures. (Last updated on June 22, 2011)

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 689.40 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the lake is slowly falling; boats can be launched from the flooded roads. Walleye and bass are good on jigs, crankbaits and crawler-rigs near points in 15 to 25 feet of water. Trolling 30 to 45 feet deep and fishing jigging spoons under schools of shad work well. (Last updated on June 22, 2011)

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said the water level is 690.9 feet with continuous generation at night. Flow averages 12,000 cubic feet per second. Drift fishing is very good with egg and worm patterns. Cicada patterns work well on the lower river below Rim Shoals. Some sulphur mayflies are producing. (Last updated on June 22, 2011)


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