Arkansas Fishing Report – April 18, 2013

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is dirty with one to two generators running. Trout are fair on Power Bait. Drift fishing is excellent. Fly-fishing has been good but no report on specific patterns or locations.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.48 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the water is slowly rising and is clear in most areas. The surface water temperature is in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Light line, such as 6-lb.-test, is necessary during the daytime. Bass are biting a variety of baits in shallow water; jigs, grubs, stick baits and live minnows are all catching fish. The walleye are biting in the late evening and at night on suspending stick baits like Smithwick Rogues and Lucky Craft Pointers. White bass are biting well in the afternoon, mostly in the backs of the creek arms in 5 to 15 feet of water on white or shad-colored jigs, spinners and crankbaits.

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