Arkansas Fishing Report – June 9, 2011

From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and high with eight generators running. Walleye and striped bass are excellent on Rogues and Rapalas by the dam. Rainbow trout are excellent on plastic pink worms and Power Bait.

Guide Davy Wotton said flow is about 16,000 cubic feet per second. Bull shoals flood gates are shut down. Dead-drifting with white tail and prism midge, San Juan worms, dynamite and prism worms, generic nymphs, sowbugs and scuds are good methods. Streamer fishing around shorelines works well. Try craw and sculpin imitations in olive, brown and orange. Between dusk and dark, use larger black flies with a large muddler minnow pattern on a dry or intermediate line. Trout will also bite Cicada imitations when cast towards the bank and twitched.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said the water is too high and muddy for fishing because of all of the recent rain. (Last updated on May 25, 2011)

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. (Last updated on May 25, 2011)

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 691.98 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).

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. (Last updated on May 25, 2011)


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