Big Phil’s White River Fishing Report 05/03/11-05/10/11

Big Phil’s Guide Service
White River Fishing Report 05/03/11-05/10/11

We at the Mar Mar Resort and Tackle wishing you and yours a great Spring fishing vacation in the Ozarks. Big Phil’s Guide Service is open for guide trips year round. We guarantee you catch fish. All game and fish regulations as well as limits are always observed. To report poaching or Game and Fish issues call 800-482-9262.Be sure of yourself or get a guide. Now is some of the best times to catch world class fish. Call 870-445-4444 for availability, or visit the website at or email . Ask about Spring and Half Day Specials!!!
A half day or a full day guide trip with a shore lunch as a gift makes a wonderful memory. This is a special time for potential trophy fish. Catch and release is preferred in all areas, however all kept fish are cleaned to request, whole, skinned, or filleted by their guide. The bite has really been on and with the rising waters periodically during the day, comes the opportunity to try different tactics like rouges, spoons, or countdowns. People have been catching Browns, Brooks, Cutthroat, and Rainbows all week. The lake level on 05/08/11 was 691.79 up about almost 40 feet yes Forty feet in the last two weeks from the rain. However that has not hurt the fishing on the White River at all. Be aware of generation levels and lake levels. Norfolk generators are down right now and they have the spillgates open. Water can be treacherous. The number to call for generation report is 870-431-5311. Normal pool is 654.00. Low to medium generation levels all week have proven to be great conditions for big browns. A lot of real nice fish are being caught, so a guide is the best way to go. They know how to navigate in all water conditions and they know the holes where the fish are stacked. If you have questions call 870-445-4444. Always have personal flotation devices on board and in hazardous conditions they should be worn. Now that we are in range of normal pool we could see some variance in the generation levels. If your not familiar with the river get a licensed/insured guide or guide service for your fishing needs.

brown trout

Andy had this nice brown on 5/04/11 what a great day!!

Call for 1/2 day Spring State Park Specials!!
Listen to KBCN 104.3 Friday mornings around 7:45AM for Big Phil’s Live White River Fishing Report with Dr. Dave.
Don’t forget as of February 1, the catch and release areas change back and open for fishing. Be aware of the law.

With the rain comes stained water at times. SO play the edges of that stained water with small to medium stick baits of choice Countdowns, Smithwicks, or something of that type in Shad or trout patterns. Nightcrawlers have been turning on but the bite is still the sculpin, and river slicks. In the higher generations stickbaits and spoons have been the ticket. Don’t be bashful give us a call have a memorable experience with Big Phil’s. Great fish are being caught right now. We had several people this week with over 10lb fish. There is no better time to go on a guide trip than right now. The weather is great and the fish are biting. If you catch a trophy fish we as guides prefer to keep the fish in the river so others can enjoy the experience of catching larger fish. A replica mount lasts longer and is no more expensive than a regular mount and it keeps trophy fish in the river for others to enjoy. Please promote catch and release.
Trophy Browns are being caught at night when the generators are shut down. Come see me for details on this method, J-9 jointed Rapalas, and topwater Rogues and Zara Pups have been doing very good on catching these. Please be aware of your trash. Don’t let it float down river. If you do see some please if possible pick it up. Thanks

Fish ON!!
Big Phil

If you are interested in a guide trip please contact…
Mar Mar Resort and Tackle Shop LLC
Big Phil’s Guide Service
Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas
870-445-4444 or 800-287-4204
or E-mail


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