Fishing Report – September 1, 2010

From Arkansas Fish and Game Commission

White River

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is low, with generators cranking up only at about 1 or 2 p.m. Trout fishing is good on Power Bait, shrimp and spinners. Fly fishing is good with small pink San Juan worms.

Guide Davy Wotton said the fishing has been excellent, despite the heat and humidity. Brown trout have really been good early before the sun rises high. Top flies include hoppers in green, yellow, orange and tan, muddlers, Invictas, March browns, sow bugs and whitetail midges. Streamers are also a good bet early and late, before the fog levels set in, after which fishing is not so good. Water levels have been up and down, so it pays to fish zones with even flow, or at the flush of the rise. Some anglers have experienced slower than normal fishing, which may well be due to fishing the wrong location or zones that fish have moved out of due to low water and increased water temperatures. There have been some good opportunities for wading. Browns are certainly on the move upstream; if you locate one then stick around as the odds are there will be more fish in the area. Look for deep water zones, shoal and riffle water which provide comfort zones for the fish. Reports from spin and bait fisherman are up and down. Some are doing very well, while others have slow days, here again best options will be early and late during the day all be it fish will be found in deeper water zones and areas of well oxygenated water.

Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge (870-499-5185) had no report.

Buffalo River

Just Fishing Guides said the river is very low from the headwaters to the Highway 14 bridge. Much dragging will be experienced. After the bridge, the water level is low but floatable. River level is 2.64 feet and flowing at 139 cfs near Harriet at the Highway 14 bridge. The really hot weather has pushed the best times for fishing to early morning and late evening. Soft plastics such as 4-inch Zoom lizards, baby brush hogs and tube baits in greens and brown shades are working best. Fly fishing is good with top-water flies in the evening and subsurface flies all other times. Crazy dads, Clouser minnows and muted colors of sparkle grubs are working best.

Crooked Creek

Just Fishing Guides said smallmouth fishing continues to be very good on the creek. Crawdad patterns bounced on the bottom along with Clouser minnows and KC’s Slider have been picking up some good fish.

Bull Shoals Lake

As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 652.81 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool – 654 MSL).

Mike Worley’s Guide Service said the bite on Bull Shoals is good. Bass are in 15-30 feet of water and are biting on plastics and jigs. Crappie are suspended over brush piles and biting on spoons and grubs. Walleye are 28 feet deep and are still biting well on any type of crawler rig or trolled crankbait. A few stripers have been caught lately, too.

Bull Shoals Tailwater

Ken Richards at Just Fishing Guides says generation has been low, with two generators running until 1 p.m., and then bumped up to five to eight units the rest of the day. Drift fishing has been good using various nymphs. Scuds, sow bugs, Copper Johns, BH Pheasant Tails, BH Caddis and San Juan worms, all fished under an indicator near the bottom with an occasional twitch are producing good numbers of fish.


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