Big Phil’s White River Fishing Report

Big Phil’s Guide Service
White River Fishing Report 07/19/11-07/26/11

The White River has been producing numerous trophy size Brown Trout throughout the week, We had numerous trips this week that provided our clients with many happy memories of the day. They went on the river with Big Phil’s Guides. 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 Summer 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 07/24/11 was 685.11. Be aware of generation levels and lake levels. The Water can be treacherous. Don’t go with an inexperienced person on the river. 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. Using Big Phil’s Guides 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.

Big Phil

Listen to KBCN 104.3 Friday mornings around 7:45AM for Big Phil’s Live White River Fishing Report with Dr. Dave.
The White River has had excellent fishing conditions. Over the past couple of weeks there have been several larger boats in the river. Walleye boats with 200hp motor, Bass boats with 150hp and more, on 7/17/11 there was a Triton Bass oat with a 250hp that put in at the State Park and ran wide open up and down the river. This was a definite hazardous situation as the bass boat had no consideration for the river boats that were on the river. This is the reason that there is a large contingency of guides and local fishermen that would love to see a 25hp maximum on the White river. These larger boat and motors are a danger to the guides and others fishing the river. They put out larger wakes and the drivers don’t seem to care how close they come to other boats in the river. More to come on this issue as there is an attempt to get a petition together on this to forward to Game and Fish as well as the State Legislators. One other issue is the chumming with corn. I see people go from the ramp and before they throw a line in the water they throw out two or three scoops of corn as they go up river. There are people that call themselves guides that go through a gallon can of corn a day. There is no nutritional value to the fish in corn, they stuff themselves with it and they can not pass it without internal damage. This is a trend that can harm the fishery and should be stopped. Bait fishing Nightcrawlers, Shad, Powerbait, Slicks, or Sculpins has been great. There has also been a very good bite for the Rouges, Spoons, and other artificial baits. Don’t be bashful give us a call have a memorable experience with Big Phil’s Guide Service. Great fish are being caught right now. We had several people this week with over 10 lb 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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