Arkansas Fishing Report – May 3, 2012

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and low. Trout are excellent. Try caddis imitation flies, scuds and midges, or caterpillars with top-waters. Try PowerWorms and PowerBait, and smaller lures such as Cleos, spoons and Rooster Tails.

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said the water level has remained relatively low and the fish have been biting exceptionally well. Better from Cartney to Matney than Norfork to Reds Landing. Your favorite spinner will wok well; the Rapala is very consistent but the number of fish being caught on the White River Zig Jig is amazing. Try eighth-ounce ginger, or ginger and orange, or olive green. Use 4-pound line and let it get close to the bottom before hopping it back to the boat.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said as of Tuesday, Ponca was very low at 1.79 feet, Pruitt was very low at 3.78 feet, Tyler Bend was low at 4.06 feet and Buffalo Point was moderate at 3.32 feet. Water temperature was ranging from 68-74 degrees and averaging 70 degrees. Water level is low and very clear. Hope for some rain. Water temperatures are very good for smallmouth. Make sure you are fishing the deep holes on warm, sunny days. Some good fish have been caught. With the warmer temperatures continuing, fishing is really picking up. Fish slow and deep with soft plastics or crawdad-pattern flies. The rivers are at early summer levels and very clear. Stealth is needed.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said gauge at Kelley’s Slab was reading 10.35 feet and 188 cfs. This is about 2.25 feet under the low-water bridge at Kelley’s Access, but is very floatable. Water temperatures have been averaging 68 degrees.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 653.8 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said walleye are biting night crawler rigs, crankbaits and jigging spoons in 15-30 feet of water. Suspending baits like Smithwick Rogues are working for walleyes on cloudy, windy days and at night. Bass fishing has been good on crawfish and shad crankbaits and jigs in 5-15 feet. Crappie are over brushpiles and are biting jigs and minnows.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Just Fishing Guides said generation was off over the weekend and fishing was excellent. Lots of brown trout are being caught up to 20 inches. Caddis and mayfly patterns covering top to bottom are working well. Recommended patterns include BH Z-Wing Caddis, Graphic Caddis, Partridge and Green Soft Hackle, Elk Hair Caddis, BH Pheasant Tail, Olive Copper John, Partridge and Yellow Soft Hackle, and Parachute Sulfur.


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