Arkansas Fishing Report

From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water low in the morning. Fishing is excellent until about noon. Try pink worms, real worms and jigs.

Guide Davy Wotton said flow is low early and then 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 sowbugs 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 fair on Power Bait and worms fished on the bottom.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said the river is very 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 9.66 feet and flow is 4.8 cubic feet per second. This is very low for floating. Clousers, Zonkers, Near Nuff Sculpins and Sneaky Petes are all working well for fly fishermen. Spin fisherman are doing well with tubes, lizards and Baby Brush Hawgs in watermelon and green pumpkin. Crawdad crankbaits and Tiny Torpedoes are also producing.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 693.25 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the walleye are good on crankbaits, crawler rigs on bottom-bouncers and jigging spoons fished 20 feet deep over flooded brush. Bream are fair on crawler rigs during the middle of day and afternoon.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said the water level is 686.7 feet with generation during the day. Flow is above 19000 cubic feet per second during the day. Fishing has been excellent using scuds, sowbugs, micro-caddis, sulphur nymphs and midge patterns for trout.


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