Arkansas Fishing Report June 2, 2011

From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is incredibly high. Brown trout are good on Rogues and Rapalas. Rainbow trout are good on red trout worms and Glo-Balls.

Guide Davy Wotton said flow is about 55,000 cubic feet per second resulting in limited boat launch access and parking. There are many fish to be found in the slower backwater seams off the main stream flow and in the flooded parking lots. Stripping woolly buggers, dry flies, soft hackles and nymph rigs are the best methods. Try streamers, nymph rigs with eggs, San Juan worms and various jigs. Trout will also bite Cicada imitations.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said the water is too high and muddy for fishing because of all of the recent rain.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said Kelly’s Access is at 17.86 feet and flow is 8,580 cubic feet per second. This is 5.5 feet above the low-water bridge. Because of these river levels, the creek is high and muddy. Last week fishing was very good for spin and fly fishers. Baby Brush Hogs, 2- to 3-inch tubes and 4-inch lizards in watermelon and green pumpkin along with hard minnow baits 2- to 3-inches long are all working well. Fly-fishermen are doing well with sink-tips and minnow patterns like Clousers, Zonkers and Near Nuff Sculpins in shades of olive and white.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 693.82 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).

Bull Shoals Lake and Dam

High water level on Bull Shoals Lake

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said lake levels remain high at 693 feet with boat launching mostly from flooded roads. There is less debris floating in the lake, but caution is still needed when boating. Surface temperatures range from upper 60s to mid 70s. Walleye and bass have been biting grubs, swimbaits, crankbaits and crawler rigs. Suspending stick baits, spinnerbaits and jigging spoons are working as well. Walleye have been caught from 2 to 40 feet. Big schools of white bass have been pushing shad into coves and creek channels with many walleye and bass under them. (Last updated on May 25, 2011)

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said generation is around the clock with six or more units. There are brief periods of two-unit generation. Boat fishing is really the only option, and an experienced guide or angler must stay in control of the boat for the anglers at all times. Drift fishing with high-water nymph rigs has been producing good numbers of fish. Streamer fishing with sink-tips, full sinking lines and large flies can be very good one day and slow the next day. Many caddis have been seen, and fish are taking the adults in slow eddies.


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