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"Fishing is always good, sometimes catching can be slow." - John Eastwold's favorite saying

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2015 - June 18th - Thursday - fishing report -

  Hello everybody! Well the lake is back to rising again. We have been getting rain this last week. It is approaching the 678 level right now. It was predicted to go to 682 by the end of this month but we are getting more rain so I expect it to go higher then that. I will keep you posted. The good news is that the fishing has been great still. Spearfishing started this week and we are seeing lots of catfish being brought in. The scuba divers are also reporting seeing lots of smaller walleye. More then they normally see. That is great news for the walleye fishery. The water temps are in the low 80's on the surface with the thermocline around the 25 foot level. You can see the latest temperature graph by clicking here. Fishing patterns have stayed pretty much the same. Not many changes being reported yet. Until Next Time!

2015 - June 11th - Thursday - fishing report -   

  Hello everybody! Not many changes in the fishing since the last report. The last has crested today at 677.4 and actually started down a few inches. It is still projected to continue to keep falling as long as we don't get serious rainfall. The water temps on the surface is in the high 70's. There is a reported thermocline around the 25 foot level. The visibility is extremely clear.
  The fishing has still been great still for most species. Not much change in patterns or depths yet. I would think in a couple of weeks when the water gets warmer and the thermocline forms that there will be some changes. We are mostly seeing walleye and bass. There has been some great catfish stringers on jug lines. As I said the fishing patterns are still the same. Top water for bass early and late. Weedless baits in shallow water for bass and walleye. Plastics in 20 to 25 feet past the brush line. They are all listed below. I will update you when things change. Until next time!!

Bass-  The largemouth seem to be very shallow next to the bank running around in the weeds and brush in 0 to 12 feet of water.  These patterns are working for Largemouth bass.

 -- Spinner baits are producing bass in and along the brush
 
-- jigs - Flipping jigs in the brush is producing fish
 -- flukes and spooks and other top water baits over the brush
 -- plastic worms rigged weed less and weightless in the brush

 The Smallmouth bass and Spotted bass seem to be deeper on the lake side of the brush line. They are running in 12 to 20 feet of water now. I don't think they want to compete with the Largemouth for food. There patterns are working for them. Take your boat out in deeper water and cast into the bank and try to land your baits in deeper water. The other thing to do is fish parallel to the bank and try to get your boat in 15 to 20 feet of water. This will keep your bait in the non brushy area.

 -- swimming plastic baits that look like a minnow
 -- tube jigs and gitzits on the bottom crawling like a crawfish.
 -- Carolina rigging plastics or night crawlers
 -- minnows rigged with a split shot
 -- Alabama rig with plastics or minnow looking baits
 -- deep diving crank baits
 -- flat trolling perch colored baits
 -- trolling or casting a night crawler on a split shot

 

White Bass - Not seeing as many whites as we were but that is normal for this time of the year. You can still catch them surfacing once in awhile chasing shad. I would suggest keeping something tied on a rod handy near by just in case the decide to surface. The night bite under lights should start any time now. The trollers are having the most luck. 

 -- Anything small and white that simulates a shad will work. small white jigs, sea horses, small spoons, minnow looking crank baits, small stick baits, ect

  -- Trolling in a variety of ways from the basic flat line to the deep with lead core is producing white bass  

Walleye -  There are lots of walleye coming in. Again the biggest complaint is too many small fish
non-keeper size. This is good because it means there is a lot of walleye in the lake for the future. The patterns below are working.

 -- Trolling with deep diving crank baits. Try to get your bait in 20 to 25 feet of water close to the bottom.
 -- Bottom bouncing with night crawlers in 20 to 25 feet.
 -- bottom bouncing with a carolina rigged night crawler
 -- lead core trolling in 20 to 25 feet of water
 -- swimming grubs in 12-15 feet of water at sunrise and sunset although is pattern is slowing down with the water
 temp rising.
 

Crappie- when I can get a crappie fisherman to show off their crappie or talk about them this is what they are saying. I know there is some being caught. Most of the brush piles are 20 to 35 feet right now.

 -- 1/32 oz or 1/64 oz jigs around the brush piles

--- small minnows when you can get them

--- small spoons around the brush piles.

Catfish - Lots of catfish are being caught on Jugs line with a 20-25 feet drop. The limb lines and trot lines should start pretty soon. Live bait is working well but liver, shrimp, catfish bait, stink bait, dead minnows and what every else you can think of is working.

 

White River:
NOTHING EVER CHANGES ON THE RIVER EXCEPT THE WATER LEVEL!!!  THE FISHING IS ALWAYS GREAT!!  This question gets asked a lot. "When is the best time to fish the river? "  The answer is anytime. The water comes out of the bottom of the lake therefore it is always very cold. It doesn't have the temperature cycle of a normal body of water. It doesn't matter if its 100 degrees out or 10 degrees out. The water temperature stays the same within a few degrees, Therefore, the fishing is always the same and always good. Arkansas stocks the White River with rainbow trout year around so the fishing is good year around. The water level doesn't matter either, you just have to change how you fish. If the water is high then you usually drift and float fish, if its low then you anchor and still fish. Naturally, fly fishing is better when the river is low. SO, COME FISHING WHENEVER YOU CAN!

White River Trout Fishing Video 2013 - by Guide Del Colvin

2015 - May 30th - Saturday - fishing report -   

  Hello everybody! Just an update on the water level and water temps. Click here for a new graph on water temperature. There is a major thermocline in 25 feet of water area. You can see the changes on the graph page. We had lots of rain in the area again over the last few days. The new forecast is 675 lake level by June 7th. We have no rain scheduled for the next week or so. The fishing has been great even with the lake rising. See below for the fishing report. Until next time!

2015 - May 27th Wednesday- fishing report -

 Hello everybody! Not much change in the fishing yet. We are getting rain but west of here on Beaver Lake and Table Rock lake are getting a lot more. That rain ends up in our lake anyway. I am told that the flood gates are open on Beaver and Table Rock right now although I haven't confirmed that. Our lake is now around the 670 level and still rising. It is projected to be 672.5 by June 7th provided there is no more rain. That is another 2 1/2 feet from where it is now. Time and rain will only tell where the lake will end up. We get projections every day on the USACE LITTLE ROCK APP that is available for most phones. You can down load the app and keep track on things on your phone if you want. Its free. The water temperature is coming up some and is in the mid to upper 60's on the surface around the lake. The scuba divers are reporting a thermocline forming around the 20 to 25 foot level. With the lake rising this might change some.

  As I first said the fishing hasn't changed much. With the lake rising there is more and more brush in the lake around the shore line. This makes for great cover for the spawn to hide in so it should be another great spawn for us. We have had several now for consecutive years and this is going to be another one. The biggest complaint I get is fisherman are catching lots and lots of small non keeping fish. Smaller fish are like kids, they are growing so they eat more and more often. Plus they don't know the lures and are easier to fool. As least we have plenty of fish to catch. So I recommend getting an ultra light action rod with 4 lb test and having some fun on that kind of rod. Just hope you don't hook a big one!! The bass patterns are all the same . The walleye seem to be moving down to the 22 -27 foot range which make sense since the water is rising and the thermocline is moving down. I have put a brief species report below after each listing. Until next time!

2015 - May 20th Wednesday- fishing report -

 Hello everybody! The water is still rising. It is up to the 668.5 level at the time of this writing. It is projected to go another 1 1/2 feet by may 31st provided there is no more rain. This is great for the spawn and little fry that are running around. They have a lot of places to hide. Not much change in water temperature. Click here for latest readings. We have had some rain on and off this week with cooler temps so it hasn't changed much. The visibility is still very good on the main lake.
   The fishing hasn't changed at all again. Probably wont with the water temperature staying constant. Still seeing lots of bass and walleye. The largemouth seems to be shallow while the smallmouth and spots are out a little deeper past the brush line. The walleye are being caught in 20 to 25 feet of water with trolling deep diving crank baits, bottom bouncing and lead core trolling. I have been having some reports of stick bait and slow retrieve swim baits late in the day and after dark. Catfish on jugs is good. Seeing a few crappie in 15 to 20 feet of water in very small jigs and small minnows. White bass are still surfacing once in a while and also being caught trolling. Like I said not much change yet. Until next time!!

2015 - May 13th Wednesday- fishing report -

 Hello everybody! Fishing has been great. The water was starting to drop several feet and on its way back to normal level. However, we got 5 inches of rain and its now on the way back up. It is around the 666 level at the time of this writing and is predicted to go to 668.5 by may 28th. That is if there isn't any more rain. The water temperature is mostly in the mid to upper 60's on the surface. Click here for latest readings. The visibility is still very good even with the lake rising.
   The fishing hasn't changed much. The largemouth bass are still in the 2 to 5 foot range in the brush on the banks. The smallmouth and spotted bass are hanging out outside the brush right now in deeper water. That would be the 8 to 15 foot range. Same patterns are working for everything. The biggest complaint I am getting is way too many smaller fish. The smaller fish are like kids. They are growing so they will eat more and more often. Change patterns, depths, baits, places ect if all you are catching is small fish. Or, pull out the ultra-light rod with 2-4 lb test and have some fun. The walleye have moved up some and are being reported being caught on stick baits and plastics in 8 to 10 feet of water. Goofy walleye. LOL. They have been in the deep pattern all spring like we have never seen and now they come up shallow. PPFFTTTTT. They are still catching them trolling deep. Another pattern that has emerged is catching them on jugs with perch as bait with a 20 to 24 foot drop. Go figure.
  Seeing lots of catfish on jugs with perch as bait. You can also use other bait such as minnows, liver, shrimp, stink bait and what ever else you can dream up. The blues and channels seem to like the "other" baits while the other species of fish like the live perch.
  White bass are still being caught back in the creeks under the surface and sometimes on the surface with any type of minnow looking baits. Make sure and keep a white bass rod tied on and handy in case you see them chasing shad.
  I am gets mixed opinions on the bass spawn. Some of them are done and some haven't spawned yet. Fisherman are reporting that some of the bass being cleaned still have eggs in them, mostly the smallmouth. I think the lake yo-yoing is have some effect on the bass not spawning but not a lot. With the water rising and all the brush in the lake there is going to be plenty of places for the spawn to hide so it should be a great spawn once again. 
  Crappie is the only species I haven't seen much of this year. But, you crappie fisherman don't show you crappie off anyway so I don't get to see many. I know a lot of crappie tackle gets sold here so there is something going

2015 - May 6th Wednesday- fishing report -

 Hello everybody! The water has started to warm up some. I have reports of the female bass coming into the bank today and the actual spawn is on. I am getting lots of reports of people catching fish but the problem is lots of small fish. I have said this before. Small fish are like kids. The are growing and require more food. They eat more often and so you will catch more of them . They seems to be plenty of action. The lake has started to drop a few inches a day and is around the 666 level or so. Forecasts have it back to normal by the middle of May depending on the rain fall. Water temp is on the 60's most places. Click here for the latest chart I have got.
   The walleye fishing has been fabulous. But its not the normal patterns. It is the late June pattern. We are trolling in 20 to 25 feet of water with bottom bouncers, deep diving crank baits, and/or split show a night crawler. They are deeper then normal but I am seeing lots of walleyes coming in. The rest of the fish and patterns are pretty much the same. Until next time!

2015 - April 29th Wednesday- fishing report -
 
Hello everybody! Still not many changes this week. The water temperature is creeping up very slowly. Reports are the mid 50's to lower 60's around the lake. The lake has stabilized level wise for now with forecast showing a slow drop back to normal over the next few weeks. Of course that is depends on what rain we get. The visibility is at that epic awesome stage that we have in the spring. You can see 30 feet to the bottom here at the marina.
   Reports of lots of bass on the beds around the lake. You can see several here at the marina on the beds. There has been two on separate beds by the ramp leading to the office for over a week now. It seems most of the Largemouth are 2 to 5 feet of water back in he creeks and main lake pockets. The Smallmouth and Spotted bass are in deeper water from 8 to 20 feet on the banks. Fishing has stayed about the same. The patterns haven't changed much at all and probably wont until the water warms up and the thermocline forms.
   The only change is the walleye. We are starting to see some caught in the 20 to 24 foot range with bottom bouncers and night crawlers. Everything else is the same and listed below. Until next time!

 

2015 - April 22nd Wednesday- fishing report -
 
Hello everybody! There has been a few changes this week. The first one is that some of the bass have went on the beds. There is a couple spotted bass in 5-10 feet of water on beds right by the walking ramp attached to the main marina. They went on the beds at the end of last week. I think this is great news because the lake is stable right now so we should have a great spawn. As of right now the lake is hovering around the 668 level. Forecast shows it back to normal pool on May 10th provided there is no more rain. I am sure it will rain some before then. This will give the spawn time to get over before the lake drops. The second change is walleye fishing. We had a group from Michigan here on one of our houseboats. They are catching lots of walleye. They are using a pattern that rarely used. They are trolling with lead core line with the boat in 40 to 100 feet of water with the deep diving baits in 30 to 50 foot of water. I have seen other fisherman have success with this. It seems that the walleye have went deep and are chasing the shad in very deep water. I am seeing very limited success in the shallow fishing for walleye. Look at the picture page to see the walleye pics from all the deep trollers this week.

   The water temperature really hasn't moved a whole lot. We just aren't  getting any warmer weather or warm rains. It is still in the low to high 50's with some 60 degree water being reported. The visibility is excellent. The lake is hovering around the 668 mark and forecasted to start dropping some next week. They really don't know what its going to do until it rains.  I have updated the patterns below. Keep sending the pics and I will post them. More and more fisherman are prating catch and release so I am not getting as many pictures as I usually do here at the marina. Until next time!!!

 

 

2015 - April 15th Wednesday- fishing report -
 
Hello everybody! Really not much change since last week. The water temp hasn't risen a whole lot and the lake level is about the same. The fishing patterns haven't changed much. Starting to see lots of white bass. Had a 7.2 lb walleye brought in yesterday. Lots of reports of bass being caught on a variety of patterns. See below. I will update as soon as things change. Until next time.

2015 - April 8th Wednesday- fishing report -

  click here -water temps  by the Walleye club -Pt 5

   Hello everybody! The catching has begun. As my father use to say "The fishing is always good on Bull Shoals, but the catching can be slow sometimes". Rip Dad. Anyway, we are starting to see more fish being caught. We had a nice stringer of white bass brought in tonight by the Greg Harp gang. There is a pic on picture page. The water temp is starting to rise more and we are suppose to get a warm rain on and off over the next few days. That should really turn them on.
   The lake is around the 667 level and that is 7 feet high for the new lake level but 10 feet high for the old one. Most of the shoreline has brush in the water. This makes for a great spawn but can make it tougher for fishing. Most people here are not use to fishing in the brush like some of you are. The lake has crested as of today but with more rain in the forecast I would think it is still going to rise. That is going to depend on rainfall. For those of you that can put an app on your phone u can search for "USACE LITTLE ROCK". This app is put out by the corps and will tell you forecasts and power generation for all the Little Rock district lakes. It is perfect if you want to keep up with lake levels and power generations.
   The water temp is still in the lower 50's to low 60's depending on where you take it and at what time. The warm rain we are going to get should bring it up even more. Fishing patterns haven't changed much yet. They are listed below. Until next time.

 

2015 - March 28th Sunday- fishing report -

   Hello everybody! Fishing is starting to take off. I have had a lot of reports of fish being caught. I haven't seen many brought into the marina yet but I have had pictures sent to me and I have posted some pictures this week of lake and river fishing. There is an epic BOW fishing picture you need to see. It is on the lake picture page.
   There is also was a huge German Brown Trout caught off the river a month ago in case you haven't heard about it. It is 38.6 lbs. I have a picture on the river picture page. I didn't get many details but I heard that it was caught around Rainbow Drive Resort off the bank. What a fish. 
    We have had a lots of rain this week. The lake is on the rise and around the 662 level at the time I wrote this. projections show it going to 665 by April 5th. That will be fairly accurate provided there is no more rain. With the lake rising that means the brush around the lake will be in the water. This should affect how you have to fish some. The water temperature is in the low to mid 50's around the lake. You can find some mid to higher 50's back in the creeks and pockets on a warm sunny day. We are expecting warmers temps for the next week or so. I would expect fishing to take off with the water temps rising. Below are the reports I have been getting and patterns that are normal for this time of year.

    One of our guides Del Colvin has offered to write a fishing report so here it is. ---  Bass are leaving the wintering areas staging heading to pre spawn areas close to deep water. Channel sings and bluff ends. Single tail grubs, jerk baits, and flat sided crank baits are taking fish. The white bass are staging in the backs of the creeks in deeper flats 15 to 20 feet on the bottom. Small white single spins and a-rigs are worked slowly.

 

2015 - March 20th- fishing report -

 Hello everybody! I finally got off the road this week. I have been to 7 sport/boat shows in the last 3 months across the Midwest. I got to speak with some of you at these shows. Thanks for coming by the booth and saying HI.

  The water temp is in the mid to high 40's here at the marina and around the lake. The lake has been rising some with the rain and snow we have been getting this month. The visibility is still very good. The weather has been the normal up and down for the month of March. The temps hit in the 70's last weekend so there was a lot of fishing activity. There was bass and walleye caught at that time. We also had a tournament on Saturday and they caught plenty of fish. I believe 17 lbs won it.  Not much has changed yet for the fishing patterns. See below. As soon as the water warms up a few more degrees things should bust loose. Until then!

 

2015 - Jan- fishing report -

Hello everybody! I have been on the road working sport-boat-travel shows all of January. I got to visit with some of you readers along the way. Thank you for stopping and visiting with me at the booths I have been at. It makes it easier to write this knowing there are actually people that read it. :) LOL. Anyway, I have a break this for a few days so I can update this. The lake is around normal level right now. The water temperature is in the low to mid 40's on the surface. Visibility looks okay standing on the dock. What a brutal winter!  It has been colder then normal here as I would guess its been that way where ever you live too. So, not much fishing going on in the lake. We people are fishing here is the reported patterns working.


 

 

 

October 15, 2014

Hello everybody! Not many changes in the fishing patterns. Only the depth. The only major changes are the water temperature and thermocline. The water temp is in the mid to upper 60's around the lake. The thermocline is falling fast. I have been doing a lot of diving and it seems to be around the 50-60 foot level. I cant really find a distinct line. This usually means the lake is in the early stages of flipping. This is were the top of the lake gets colder then the bottom and colder water is heavier. So the colder water sinks towards the bottom and forces the warmer water up towards the top. It happens every year around the end of October sometime. It is all keyed to weather and water temperature. Yes this changes the fishing and usually scatters them out to 0 to 60 feet. They could be anywhere in this range. You can usually find them whenever the feed is at. The shad balls roaming, the bluegills, the crawfish, and anything else they can eat. You have to find the food and then you can find the fish. Probably wont be many changes until the end of November. Until then.


patterns below updated - 10-15-14


Bass- With the thermocline around the 60 foot level the bass will be deeper during the day. Early in the day and late in the day you might try some top water baits.

-------- spooning in 50 to 60 feet of water.

--------- plastic baits in 5 to 60 feet of water. Mostly carolina rigged lizards, brush hogs, French fry worms, and 4-7 inch plastic worms.

--------- Swim baits in 5 to 15 feet of water. This has been the hottest pattern esp with the shad balls being shallow.

--------- Top water baits are starting work early in the morning and on cloudy days. Mostly minnow looking flukes but the other top water baits should start soon.

---------spinner baits in 0 to 10 feet of water around the brush on the banks

---  Crank baits in 5 to 15 feet of water on the windy steeper banks

--- split shot a night crawler in 15 to 35 feet of water. This will also work drop shoting


Crappie- when I can get a crappie fisherman to show off their crappie or talk about them this is what they are saying. I know there is some being caught. Most of the brush piles are 20 to 35 feet right now.
--- 1/32 oz or 1/64 oz jigs around the brush piles
--- small minnows when you can get them
--- small spoons around the brush piles.


White Bass - the whites are being caught. Go back in the creeks as far as you can go. Try 0 to 15 feet until you find them. There are reports of surfacing white bass schools around the lake during the day.
--- white jigs, rooster tails, spoons, road runner jigs, rapalas and or anything that looks like a minnow


Walleye -
--------- Split shot a night crawler is working in 40 to 60 feet of water
--------- bottom bouncing with harness and night crawler is producing fish in 40-60 feet of water.
--------- spooning in 40-60 feet of water is producing some walleye
-------- trolling with deep diving baits is producing some fish early in the day and late in the day.
-------- lead core trolling with deep diving baits- 40 -60 feet of water

 

White River:
NOTHING EVER CHANGES ON THE RIVER EXCEPT THE WATER LEVEL!!!  THE FISHING IS ALWAYS GREAT!!  This question gets asked a lot. "When is the best time to fish the river? "  The answer is anytime. The water comes out of the bottom of the lake therefore it is always very cold. It doesn't have the temperature cycle of a normal body of water. It doesn't matter if its 100 degrees out or 10 degrees out. The water temperature stays the same within a few degrees, Therefore, the fishing is always the same and always good. Arkansas stocks the White River with rainbow trout year around so the fishing is good year around. The water level doesn't matter either, you just have to change how you fish. If the water is high then you usually drift and float fish, if its low then you anchor and still fish. Naturally, fly fishing is better when the river is low. SO, COME FISHING WHENEVER YOU CAN!

White River Trout Fishing Video 2013 - by Guide Del Colvin

September 18, 2014
Hello everybody! The water is cooling off. The fishing has started to change some. The reports are good with most of the fisherman. The water temp is cooling down into the mid to upper 70's. The thermocline is around the 30 - 35 foot level depending on where you take it or ask. They are catching lots of bass shallower now then they were in the summer fishing stretch. We have heard of spinner bait fish shallow on a cloudy or windy day. These have been mostly largemouth bass. There has also been reports of shad plastic baits working shallow up to 15 feet for bass. There are a lot of shad balls working the surface especially late in the day and this is also causing the fish to start to move up shallow to feed. The lake is around the 655 level and still dropping slowly. Haven't seen any change in the walleye or crappie fishing but I expect to see more people fishing soon with the air and water temps falling. The other patterns listed below are still working. Until next time! 

August 10, 2014
Hello everybody! Not Much has changed in the past month since my last fishing report. The lake is around the 659 level and dropping slowly. The water temperature at the surface is in the 80's around the lake. The thermocline is down around the 30-35 foot level depending on where you go in the lake. The visibility is still great on the main lake. The fishing hasn't changed much since last report except the fish seem to be a little deeper in the day. Most of the reports say they are in the 30 to 35 to 40 foot level just past the thermocline. That is where they are usually are this time of year. You might be able to catch some of them shallow early as the sun rises or late as the sun sets. But the other times of the day you would need to fish deeper . this goes for most species of fish. I have seen largemouth bass hang shallow all day if they have some type of crock ledge, brush or cover to get in. Especially if they are trying to eat bluegill which can also be shallow all day. The smallmouth and spotted bass usually like the cooler non sun water. The walleye are rarely shallow this time of the year due to the water temperature. They need cooler water to survive in. Most of the reports I have gotten are that they are in the 35 to 40 foot range. I haven't seen many crappie and I usually don't this time of year or white bass. The trout fishing on the white river is great as always and never changes. Check below for the updated patterns. Until next time!

July 9th 2014
Hello everybody! Summer is here for sure. The fish have moved into there summer patterns mostly. The lake is dropping slowly but there is still plenty of brush around the shoreline. Top water is great in the morning and late in the day. During the midday hours you have to go deeper for the fish. I have had reports on bass being anywhere from 15 feet to 35 feet. I think it depends on where the bait fish are at. The water is fairly clear and the lake surface temp is in the low to mid 80's. The thermocline is down to the 30 feet level or so.
This has been one of the best walleye runs we have seen in a while. The walleye fishing wasn't that great in March-April-May this year but June has been great. The picture page says it all. The patterns below haven't changed much. Just the depth of the fish due to the water temp. The spear fisherman are reporting see lots of fish hanging around the thermocline.
As always- Till next time!

June 21st 2014 
  
Hello everybody! Not much of a fishing report change yet. We really haven't seen the hot temps yet so not much is changing as far as fishing patterns go. The water temperature is warming up and is on the low 80's around the lake on the surface. Divers are reporting a thermocline in the 20 to 25 foot area. The lake is around the 661 level which is a little low if you accept the new power pool level of 662. There is lots of brush around the shore line with the higher water. Not much change in the fishing patterns yet.

      Night fishing for bass has been great. Reports are on the usual night baits- plastics, jigs, and spinner baits. Top water before dark then deeper after that.

      Spear fishing season is now open. Most of the reports I am getting is that it is slow. They are not finding many catfish yet, so either they have spawned and left or they haven't spawned yet. I have not been yet so I cant really tell yet. I would think with the late spring that they haven't spawned yet. We usually see a few big ones taken by now. They are also reporting that the Walleye are scattered so they aren't getting many of them either.

     Not much else to report right now. Until next time!!

Bass-  With the thermocline forming, the bass will be moving more. Early in the day and late in the day you might try some top water baits. If you cant catch any during the day you might try to fish deeper around the thermocline
--------- plastic baits in 5 to 25 feet of water. Mostly carolina rigged lizards, brush hogs, French fry worms, and 4-7 inch plastic worms. Carolina rigging is the most popular for this. Some of you don't know what this is so I will try to paint you a visual picture. First, take and cut a piece of line 2-6 feet long. You can experiment with this. Set that aside. Then take a slip sinker that has a hole in it and slide it up the line coming from your rod, the weight of this can be anywhere from 16th oz all the way up to 3/4 oz. You can experiment with this too. It depends on the weight of line, type of rod, ect. The light the line and rod the lighter the weight. The heavier the line and rod the heavier the weight. After you have put the sinker on the line, then time a small swivel or snap on the end of the line. This works as a stopper for the sinker. Then tie the other piece of line to the other end of the swivel or snap. then tie a hook on the remaining end. The size of hook depends on the type of plastic lure, line weight and what you are trying to accomplish. Again you might have to experiment to see what works for you. Do not put any weight on the hook/bait end. Put you choice of bait on the hook. Sooooo. Now you have plastic bait that will float off the bottom, 2-6 feet a head of that will be the sinker that will be laying on the bottom while the bait floats off the bottom 2-6 feet back. Get the picture? This is a very effective fishing pattern due to the bait floating off the bottom and looks like it is swimming. The greens like watermelon, pumpkin seed, browns, blacks and other natural colors seem to work the best.
--------- Plastic tubes, Jig-n-trailer, swim baits are also working very well. These are designed to be fished with a weight on them like a jig head and crawled across the bottom like a crawfish. The natural colors again seem to be working the best. 5 to 25 feet of water seem to be the best right now.
------Stick baits like a rogue, rebel, x-rap, mega-bass or something that simulates a dying shad.
--------- Top water baits are starting work early in the morning and on cloudy days. Mostly minnow looking flukes but the other top water baits should start soon.
---------spinner baits in 0 to 10 feet of water back in the creeks on channel swings.
--- Live minnows on a small split shot in 5 to 15 foot of water

--- split shot a night crawler in 15 to 25 feet of water.

Crappie- when I can get a crappie fisherman to show off their crappie or talk about them this is what they are saying. I know there is some being caught. Most of the brush piles are 20 to 35 feet right now.
--- 1/32 oz or 1/64 oz jigs around the brush piles
--- small minnows when you can get them
--- small spoons around the brush piles.
White Bass - the whites are being caught. Go back in the creeks as far as you can go. Try 0 to 15 feet until you find them. There are reports of surfacing white bass schools around the lake during the day.
--- white jigs, rooster tails, spoons, road runner jigs, rapalas and or anything that looks like a minnow

Walleye - we are starting to see more walleye now. Most of them are being caught during the day. Some night fishing is still going on .

--------- Split shot a night crawler is working in 15 to 20feet of water

--------- bottom bouncing with harness and night crawler is producing fish in 20-25 feet of water.

--------- spooning in 20 -25 feet of water is producing some walleye

-------- ripping a stick bait at the last hour of the day is producing some fish.

White River:
NOTHING EVER CHANGES ON THE RIVER EXCEPT THE WATER LEVEL!!!  THE FISHING IS ALWAYS GREAT!!  This question gets asked a lot. "When is the best time to fish the river? "  The answer is anytime. The water comes out of the bottom of the lake therefore it is always very cold. It doesn't have the temperature cycle of a normal body of water. It doesn't matter if its 100 degrees out or 10 degrees out. The water temperature stays the same within a few degrees, Therefore, the fishing is always the same and always good. Arkansas stocks the White River with rainbow trout year around so the fishing is good year around. The water level doesn't matter either, you just have to change how you fish. If the water is high then you usually drift and float fish, if its low then you anchor and still fish. Naturally, fly fishing is better when the river is low. SO, COME FISHING WHENEVER YOU CAN!

White River Trout Fishing Video 2013 - by Guide Del Colvin

 


June 6th 2014 
  
Hello everybody!  The lake is around the 661 level right now. The water temperature is in the mid 70's on the surface. There is a thermocline forming around the 12 foot level with another one around the 22 foot level. These will change over the next few weeks depending on the air temps and lake levels. The walleye fishing has really taken off now. It has started so late. What a goofy year but that's fishing. Lots of walleye are being caught on a night crawler in 15 to 20 feet. There is a brush line around the lake with the lake being up a little and it extends down to the 10-12 foot level in most places. The walleye are hanging below this brush line. There are bass in the brush shallow and also below the brush line. Check the patterns below.
     Now for a classic fish story.  A family had rented one of our 50' houseboats for a few days last week for a family/fishing vacation. The 10 year old boy was fishing off the back of the houseboat. He had caught some very small bluegill and was using one of these for bait. BAM!! he caught a 33 inch - 10 lb walleye!!  There is a picture on the fish picture page. Ya just never know.
     As long as we are talking about kids fishing I wanted to give some of you ideas about taking the kids-wife-girlfriend fishing and something to try. Fisherman know that there is a lot of time spent fishing and not catching. This can be a problem with some people that need action. If you are in this position or know of somebody that is try this-- Bubble and fly fishing. Get an ultra light./light action rod preferably but any rod will work. You want to try to use a spin cast reel or close faced reel if possible. You want to use 4lb test at the most or 6lb. I would suggest getting a very small spool of 2 lb line also. You then need a clear oblong bubble bobber, some small snaps or swivels, and a couple of flies like you would use on a fly rod. The bubbles have  a peg that runs through the middle the body and the peg has a hole all the way through it from one end to another. First, thread your line from your rod through the bubble. Then tie your snap or swivel behind it to your rod. Then take a 2-4 foot piece of the 2 lb test and tie to the other end of the snap and put a fly on the other end. You can then pull the peg out of the bubble and fill it with a little water for weight. When you cast it the weight of the bubble will make it easy to cast. The bubble is also a bobber. The fly is 2-4 feet back of the bubble and will sink down a little. All you have to do is very slowly reel the bubble back in and watch it like a bobber. When it moves there is a bite. This is a very easy and productive way to have action all the time. You will usually only catch blue gills and pan fish but there is a lot of action. This will  hook the person on fishing because there is a lot of action. I have also used this on the White river for trout and on the creeks for pan fish and small bass. We sell the bubbles here and I can post a picture of one if needed. Please see the patterns below. They haven't changed much this week.

 

May 28th 2014
Hello everybody! As you can see we have a new website and picture page. Hope all of you enjoy it. This report page is still a work in progress so I will be adding things to it as I get time. The fishing and catching has been great. We are now moving into early summer patterns. The water temperature is hovering around 70 degrees or so on the surface. Kind of a strange year. There is a thermocline around the 22-24 foot level. It is usually not that deep for another month. The lake has been rising slowly so this might be the reason. I need to update everybody on this lake level thing. The NEW power pool level is 662 for this time of the year. It use to be 657. So it is 5 feet higher then it use to be. The lake is hovering around 662 level which is the new power pool level. So, this is where the lake is suppose to be at. There are subtle differences around the lake. There is more brush around the shoreline. Some of the normal spots that hold fish are deeper and may have changed. All the brush piles are 5 feet deeper. We have lost some of our parking and one of our launching ramps is under water. But overall I think it is a good change for minimum flow for the White River. The fishing patterns have changed some. Please read below for each species.

 

May 9th 2014
Hello everybody! The fishing and catching have continued to improve with the water temperature rising. Click HERE for a current water temperature report from the local walleye club. It is a few days old and the water temps have risen to the mid to upper 60's around the lake according to the reports I have been getting. The bass fishing is very very good according to most of the reports. The biggest complaint is catching too many small fish or non- keepers. But this means there are plenty of future fish for the lake. The smaller fish are like growing kids. They eat more and more often so it makes since to catch more of them. Plus they aren't as educated on lures and such like bigger older fish. As a rule fish don't get big by being stupid so you will catch a lot of smaller fish.
I went fishing the other night around 7 pm to midnight with my one of my fishing buddies. We caught 6 bass, 3 walleye and 1 white bass. All of them were caught on stick baits (rogues-rebels-xraps-ect) before dark. They were anywhere from shoreline out to 15 feet of water. We tried trolling after dark but didn't do any good yet. It was nice to catch some walleye on a stick bait. There has been some reports of this happening. I have also had reports of walleye being caught during the day on swim baits in 30 to 35 feet of water off the points. I haven't tried this myself yet.
 I wanted to comment on a few of the emails I have been getting concerning not having as many fish pictures as I usually have. There has been a growing trend to "catch and release" fish now. I agree with this trend. So, there aren't as many pictures taken as usual. You probably have noticed there a several pictures now taken out in the lake with the fish being held. This is because these fish are being released after the picture. The same holds true on the White River for the German Brown Trout Pictures. Almost 100% of these are getting released back into the river. This is great for the fisheries on both bodies of water but not so good for advertising and looking at all the fish being caught. Anyway, I thought I would update everybody on this.
 I have updated some of the patterns below as things are changing with the water temperature rising. We are seeing lots of bass, white bass and walleye. Not seeing many crappie but I know "crappie fisherman" don't talk much about catching crappie or they don't like to show them off. Until next time!!
Bass-
--- plastic baits in 5 to 15 feet of water. Mostly carolina rigged lizards, brush hogs, French fry worms, and 4-7 inch plastic worms. Carolina rigging is the most popular for this. Some of you don't know what this is so I will try to paint you a visual picture. First, take and cut a piece of line 2-6 feet long. You can experiment with this. Set that aside. Then take a slip sinker that has a hole in it and slide it up the line coming from your rod, the weight of this can be anywhere from 16th oz all the way up to 3/4 oz. You can experiment with this too. It depends on the weight of line, type of rod, ect. The light the line and rod the lighter the weight. The heavier the line and rod the heavier the weight. After you have put the sinker on the line, then time a small swivel or snap on the end of the line. This works as a stopper for the sinker. Then tie the other piece of line to the other end of the swivel or snap. then tie a hook on the remaining end. The size of hook depends on the type of plastic lure, line weight and what you are trying to accomplish. Again you might have to experiment to see what works for you. Do not put any weight on the hook/bait end. Put you choice of bait on the hook. Sooooo. Now you have plastic bait that will float off the bottom, 2-6 feet a head of that will be the sinker that will be laying on the bottom while the bait floats off the bottom 2-6 feet back. Get the picture? This is a very effective fishing pattern due to the bait floating off the bottom and looks like it is swimming. The greens like watermelon, pumpkin seed, browns, blacks and other natural colors seem to work the best.
--- Plastic tubes, Jig-n-trailer, swim baits are also working very well. These are designed to be fished with a weight on them like a jig head and crawled across the bottom like a crawfish. The natural colors again seem to be working the best. 5 to 15 feet of water seem to be the best right now.
--- Stick baits like a rogue, rebel, x-rap, mega-bass or something that simulates a dying shad.
--- Top water baits are starting work early in the morning and on cloudy days. Mostly minnow looking flukes but the other top water baits should start soon.
--- spinner baits in 0 to 10 feet of water back in the creeks on channel swings.
--- Live minnows on a small split shot in 5 to 15 foot of water
Crappie- when I can get a crappie fisherman to show off their crappie or talk about them this is what they are saying. I know there is some being caught. Most of the brush piles are 20 to 35 feet right now.
--- 1/32 oz or 1/64 oz jigs around the brush piles
--- small minnows when you can get them
--- small spoons around the brush piles.
White Bass - the whites are being caught. Go back in the creeks as far as you can go. Try 0 to 15 feet until you find them. There are reports of surfacing white bass schools around the lake during the day.
--- white jigs, rooster tails, spoons, road runner jigs, rapalas and or anything that looks like a minnow
Walleye - the walleye seem to be done spawning and are scattered in different depths. There are reports of them being caught during the day in 25 to 25 feet of water off the points on plastics on the bottom. There is also some being caught on rippin stick baits late in the day. I would also think working a spoon on he points during the day would work. Bottom bouncing should start any day or flat trolling.
 

May 2nd 2014
Hello everybody! Not a lot of changes yet in the conditions and fishing patterns. We are still having colder then normal weather. The water temp is still hovering around the 59-61 range on the surface. It is suppose to get up in the 80's tomorrow so that should bring up the temp some. You can read the last April report above and the patterns above and its the same for now. Hopefully the weather will change a little and water temps increase. We had a couple of tournaments last weekend and it took 15 to 16 lbs in 5 fish to win both of them. There was plenty of fish caught in both of them. The biggest complaint was too many small fish. Plenty of non keepers out there which is good for the future. Anyway- until next time.
 

 

 

April 21st 2014
Hello everybody! Spring fishing is here. The bass are starting to make their beds around the cove here at the marina. The water visibility is reaching it's peak. You can see at least 30 feet to the bottom around the docks. If you want to scuba dive with great visibility then now is the time. The lake is around the 660 level now which is about normal since they changed the pool level to 659. Water temperature is in the 50's to low 60's around the lake depending on where you take it. We are seeing lots of good stringers and fish taken. I am not getting as many pictures as I use to do to the fact that people are releasing a lot of fish instead of cleaning them. Therefore there wont be as many full stringer pictures as in the past. A lot of people are taking pics out on the lake and then releasing the fish. I would appreciate any pictures you take being sent to me at boatdock@bullshoals.net. I can post them on our picture page.

We are seeing lots of bass and white bass being caught. I know the crappie are biting but I cant get anybody to talk about it much which is normal for crappie fisherman. You guys and gals don't want anybody catching your crappie :) We are seeing a few walleye caught here and there but I still believe they are in the end of spawn mode. You can go along the bank at night and spot light all kinds of smaller walleye cruising the bank but you cant get them to bite anything yet. It should take off fairly soon. Yes it is late but so is everything else. The patterns listed above are working and are the same as always in the spring. Not much change yet. Until next Time !!


April 16th 2014
Hello everybody! Fishing on the lake has taken off over this past weekend. I have posted several pictures on our picture page. Big walleye, couple of 50 total pound white bass stringers, and largemouth- smallmouth pics. Also posted a several of white river brown trout pics. The lake water temp is in the low 50's to almost 60 in most places on the surface. We are having a cold front right now and its suppose to be below freezing in the morning so we will see what the next few days brings. I assume fishing will continue to improve with the warmer weather. Not much change in the fishing patterns. Will post again in a few days. Until next time!


April 9th 2014
Hello everybody! Well, it looks like the catching is going to start. The fishing is always good. :) The water temperature is finally in the 50's on the surface. The bass are starting to stage towards the back of the creeks where the water is warmer. Haven't seen any beds yet but most of the fish have moved up shallower. I talked to several fisherman on the dock today. Most of them had smiles on their faces and fish in their live wells. The lake is normal level and the visibility is getting better every day. It is that time of the year. They are catching all species of bass, white bass and crappie. I am told by the night time fisherman that they are spotlighting and seeing lots of walleye on the bank at night but cant catch any yet. I have seen a few come in but not the numbers yet. Like everything else this year the walleye spawn is late. The patterns below are update as of April 1st. The white river continues to be fantastic. See the picture page for pics. Until next time!

Bass-

--- plastic baits in 5 to 15 feet of water. Mostly carolina rigged lizards, brush hogs and other plastics

--- Stick baits like a rogue, rebel, x-rap, mega-bass or something that simulates a dying shad. The water temperature is cold enough for the shad to die. They are catching them on the surface to 10 feet. Fairly shallow.

--- jigs - Try to simulate a crawfish in 5 to 15 feet of water. Use a standard jig with some kind of plastic attached. darker colors seem to be the best.

--- spinner baits in 0 to
10 feet of water back in the creeks on channel swings.
--- tube jigs along the bottom simulating a crawfish.

--- Live minnows on a small split shot in 5 to 15 foot of water

Crappie- when I can get a crappie fisherman to show off their crappie or talk about them this is what they are saying. I know there is some being caught. Most of the brush piles are 20 to 35 feet right now.

--- 1/32 oz or 1/64 oz jigs around the brush piles

--- small minnows when you can get them

--- small spoons around the brush piles.

White Bass - the whites are being caught. I haven't been able to talk anybody into taking a picture yet. One of the guides caught 30-40 today but they released them all. Go back in the creeks as far as you can go. Try 0 to 15 feet until you find them

--- white jigs, rooster tails, spoons, road runner jigs, rapalas and or anything that looks like a minnow

Walleye - there are several walleye being seen shallow at night after dark with spot lights. But, nobody is talking about catching them or showing them off yet. I have seen one or two here and there during the day. I think the catching should start any time. I believe they are spawning and not interested in eating anything right now. We will see of the next few days if it changes.

 

 

April 4th 2014
Hello everybody! We got a nice warm rain yesterday. That should help the water temp rise some. Not many changes on the fishing patterns yet. The water temp is still in the upper 40's on  the surface around the lake. We are starting to see 50 degree and above back in the creeks as far as you can go. There is all species of bass, white bass, and crappie being caught. Haven't seen but just a few walleye yet. Will keep you posted. Until next time!


White River:
NOTHING EVER CHANGES ON THE RIVER EXCEPT THE WATER LEVEL!!!  THE FISHING IS ALWAYS GREAT!!  This question gets asked a lot. "When is the best time to fish the river? "  The answer is anytime. The water comes out of the bottom of the lake therefore it is always very cold. It doesn't have the temperature cycle of a normal body of water. It doesn't matter if its 100 degrees out or 10 degrees out. The water temperature stays the same within a few degrees, Therefore, the fishing is always the same and always good. Arkansas stocks the White River with rainbow trout year around so the fishing is good year around. The water level doesn't matter either, you just have to change how you fish. If the water is high then you usually drift and float fish, if its low then you anchor and still fish. Naturally, fly fishing is better when the river is low. SO, COME FISHING WHENEVER YOU CAN!

White River Trout Fishing Video 2013 - by Guide Del Colvin


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