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 in the afternoon, but lower at night. Rainbow trout are excellent on small spinnerbaits and drift-rigs. The brown trout bite is slowing down.

Guide Davy Wotton said flow is low early and higher with generation during the day. Dry flies, such as Rock Hoppers and stimulators work well early for slower water. Dead-drift nymph fishing with GRHE, white tail and prism midges in black, red and copper, scuds and sow bugs work well in medium flow. In high water, try San Juan, dynamite and prism worms coupled with eggs or larger nymph patterns on dropper rigs. Streamers and larger floating bugs work well from dusk until dark. Whitlock surface frog patterns and large black/red throat muddlers are also producing.

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge (870-499-5185) said trout are excellent on Power Bait, Zig Jigs and Rapalas fished near the bottom. Cast Rapalas toward the bank in swift water.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said the river is low. 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.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said Kelly’s Access is at 10.08 feet and flow is 25 cubic feet per second. This is very low for 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 jerkbaits and topwater lures.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 688.09 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)


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