Arkansas Fishing Report – May 24, 2012

White River

Sportsmans White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and low. Trout fishing is very good, especially with PowerBait. Small spinners and spoons are working, along with jigs in white, green black and brown. Small Rogues and Rapala CountDowns (05 and 07) are good. Fly-fishermen are having good results with Zebra Midges, and Copper Johns (in black and silver, too).

Jim Brentlinger at Lingers Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) had this report for Buffalo City to Reds Landing: If you want to catch the most fish in your life, now is the time. Water flow from generation has been zero for a long time and the White River is dead low. You are better off to get a guide who is mobile and do a one-way trip. You will catch more fish than you thought possible. Fly-fishing or spin fishing will produce the same but be prepared to help get the boat past several obstacles. Jigs are continuing to produce a lot of fish, as well as Woolly Buggers in the small runs along the route.

Triangle Sports (870-793-7122) said the river is clear and low. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie are fair with minnows. Bass are fair with crankbaits, assorted lures, as well as Senkos, grubs and Gitzits. Some catfish and rough fish have been snagged below the dam.

Bull Shoals Lake

Mike Worleys Guide Servicesaid walleye are biting in 10-25 feet of water on night crawler rigs fished on bottom bouncers. Crankbaits are catching bass and walleye, casting or trolling. White bass are active early morning and late evening, and are biting anything that looks like a shad. Crappie fishing has been good in the creek coves on small tube jigs and grubs. Catfish are biting on night crawlers in 5-20 feet.


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