Arkansas Fishing Report, March 12, 2013

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and one to three generators are running. Trout are biting excellently on Power Bait, jigs and Rattling Rogues. Fly-fishermen are catching plenty of trout on zebra midges, pheasant tails and copper johns.

Buffalo River

No report this week.

Crooked Creek

No report this week.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 649.97 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the surface water temperature is in the mid- to upper 40s. Black and white bass are staging for spring with the better bite after two or three days of warmer windy weather. Crappie fishing is improving, with the larger slabs holding near wood and brush piles. Bass are being found in the creek channels on both flats and steeper points with plenty of wind on them. Stick baits and swimbaits are producing some nice fish. White bass are moving into the creek channels and can be found about halfway back around balls of shad with swimbaits and jigging spoons catching really nice fish. Alabama rigs are working well rigged with swimbaits or grubs for all the bass species on windy days. Walleye are still pretty slow, but a few really nice ones are being caught suspended in the creek and river channel on Megabass, Smithwick and Lucky Craft jerk baits worked very, very slowly.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

No report this week.

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