Arkansas Fishing Report – February 9, 2012

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is high and clear. Two generators are running on the weekends. Trout fishing is excellent. Fly-fishermen are doing well on woolly buggers during high water and egg patterns and Y2K bugs during low water. The further upstream you go, the better the fishing gets. Rapalas and other minnow-style crankbaits are working well. Drift-fishing Power Eggs, shrimp or trout worms has worked well on rainbows.
Randy Oliver at (901-832-1903)  said generation has been steady and the fish are holding in the deeper pools. Black/silver no. 7 Countdown Rapalas are working well on rainbows and brown trout.
Guide Davy Wotton said Bull Shoals Dam trophy zone opened last week with the usual armada of boat traffic and anglers. Despite that fishing was good for many with many trophy browns caught as well as many good rainbow trout. There have been a few reports of shad, but there likely will not be a large shad kill this year. Lakes are close to pool levels, so expect fluctuations from high to low during the day. If fishing swift water, dead drift egg, worm or nymph patterns. Streamer fishing may be off and on, but is still worth trying. During slower current, fish midge pupae, sow bug and scud patterns.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said fishing has been slow. All the rain muddied up the confluence of the Buffalo River and the White, making it unfishable.
Just Fishing Guides had no report.
Just Fishing Guides had no report.
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 654.55 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).
Just Fishing Guides said generation has been around the clock, varying between two to six units (5,000-20,000 cfs). Nymphing and streamers are two of the more productive presentations. Seasonal flies include scuds, sow bugs, blue wing olives, micro-caddis, midges, worm, egg and sculpin patterns. Now is the time to get out your big streamers and the 8 weight rods to pick up some big browns.


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