Arkansas Fishing Report – March 1, 2012

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and three generators are running. Trout fishing is good on drifted Power Bait, worms and shad in the afternoons. Some large brown trout have been caught on Rapalas, jigs and small spinners in the evenings.
Randy Oliver at (901-832-1903)  said generation has been steady this week and the fish are hitting corn and red worms fished off the bottom drift fishing.
Guide Davy Wotton said there should be some early caddis hatches soon with the warm weather. Generation levels are generally low with a few high water spikes, which have generated some shad through the dams. Best options are at this time drift fishing combinations of caddis larva and rock worms, sow bugs, white tail and prism midges in black and red. Wade fisherman, more or less as above, for the Norfork during low water then you will have to reduce the size of the midge from 16s to 22s at times, same also for Bull Shoals dam when generation is shut down.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said fishing is excellent. Water clarity is excellent all up and down the river. Rapalas and Zig Jigs continue to produce. Small plastic minnows in gray or white on an 1/8-oz. jig head are working. The fly-fishing bite has been excellent as well. Hot pink or bright red San Juan worms or peach and orange egg patterns fished close to the bottom under an indicator will produce.
Just Fishing Guides said the river levels are 2.15 feet and 87 cfs at Ponca; 4.40 feet and 124 cfs at Pruitt; 4.97 feet and 685 cfs at Tyler Bend, and 3.87 feet and 735 cfs at Buffalo Point. Water temperatures range from 49-55 degrees.
Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelly’s Slab is reading 10.99 ft and 286 cfs. Water temperatures have been averaging 50 degrees.
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.58 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).
Mike Worley’s Guide Service said walleye and bass fishing have been good. The mild weather this winter has kept the fish shallow. (We are catching them in less than 20 feet of water.) When the wind is up, Alabama-rigged 3- or 4-inch swim baits are producing a mixed bag of fish. Jigs, spoons and suspending jerk baits also are working. White bass are moving into the creeks and large coves and should start biting soon. Crappie fishing has been slow but should also pick up soon.
Just Fishing Guides said generation has been around the clock varying between one and six units (3000-15,000 cfs). Nymphing and streamers are two of the more productive presentations. Brown trout are on the feed now following the spawn. Reports of shad coming through during generation are true. White flies will represent the shad. Large streamers on 7- and 8-weight rods and fast-sinking lines can put you on that epic fish. Try staying with rising water while fishing to improve your odds. There also has been good action on Mepps undressed spinners in gold and silver.


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