Arkansas Fishing Report – March 8, 2012

White River
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and low with no generation most mornings. Trout are excellent on midges, woolly buggers and soft hackles in swift current. Power Bait, spinners, Lil’ Cleo spoons and shrimp are working well from a boat.
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 Buffalo City to Reds Landing water levels have been low for the last 10 days. We are not getting any flow from the Buffalo. Fishing has been very good in the low-water conditions. Rapalas in the deeper holes and Zig Jigs everywhere else. The wind has been an issue for a week making it very difficult to work jigs properly.
Buffalo River
Just Fishing Guides said the river levels are 1.97 feet and 56 cfs at Ponca; 4.20 feet and 93 cfs at Pruitt; 4.63 feet and 487 cfs at Tyler Bend, and 3.62 feet and 578 cfs at Buffalo Point. Water temperatures range from 52-60 degrees.
Crooked Creek
Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelley’s Slab is reading 10.66 ft and 223 cfs. Water temperatures have been averaging 55 degrees.
Bull Shoals Lake
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.61 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).
Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the lake level is slightly below normal power pool at 653.5 and water temperature is in the lower 50s. Fishing is good. Walleye and bass are biting in less than 20 feet of water on Alabama rigs, stick baits and jigs. White bass are moving into creeks and bays, and biting on shad-type baits like Swimming Minnows, bucktail jigs and spoons. Crappie are moving shallow and biting on jigs and minnows.
Bull Shoals Tailwater
Just Fishing Guides said the lake level is 653.5 feet, 0.5 feet below the top of conservation pool. Generation has been around the clock varying between 1-3 units (3000-7,000 cfs). During the weekend, there was low water with zero flow. Nymphing and streamers are two of the more productive presentations. Early caddis have been coming off sparsely, so try nymphs and emergers in lime green. Brown trout are on the feed now following the spawn. Reports of shad coming through during generation are true. 1½-3-inch 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. Fish to 10+ pounds have been caught on big streamers. Good action on Mepps undressed spinners in gold and silver in size 2.


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