Fishing Report – May 8, 2014

Bull Shoals Lake Arkansas Fishing Report

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 659.51 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 654 msl).

Ken Minsky of Ken Minksy’s Loch Leven Guide Service said Bull Shoals is fishing pretty good, but last week’s low pressure put the fish back to deeper water. The main lake temperature is in the mid-60s and rising. Some spotted bass have moved to the shallows, however many are still deep, and some are even in the 45-foot range. Largemouth’s are starting to show up in the shallows as well, with fish biting in 2 to 14 feet of water. Sight fishing to spawners with plastics is producing some very nice fish. Smallmouth’s are still a bit spotty and remain in deeper water, but will move soon. Walleyes are hitting well with nice catches coming on deep presentations. Keep the boat over 35 feet of water and cast toward the shoreline with jigs along the backside of primary points. A few suckers remain back in the creek arms but have pretty much completed spawning. White bass are feeding well on primary and secondary points and are eagerly taking shad jigs and trolled baits. Bow fishermen should be happy as the gar are just about in full swing and moving up the water column to within bow range. Concentrating your efforts along main lake bluffs and primary points will produce the best results.


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