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Catch a Rainbow!
Float Trips - Guided Fishing Trips with
Cotter Trout Dock
you have never been on a guided trout
fishing trip, you may think that people who
go on guided fishing trips are all "serious"
fishermen looking for trophy
trout. As you can see by some of
the pictures on this site, our guides know
where the big ones are and how to get
However, most of
our guests are really looking for great day
fishing, like to catch a lot of trout and
mainly have fun. If you check out the
page or TripAdvisor
and talk to anyone who has been here, you
will see that our guides provide this in
abundance! Note: Our Testimonials page
is kind of out of date and not being added
to very regularly as we have been
encouraging our customers to use TripAdvisor
"day" guided fishing trips range in length
from a half day trip (4 hours), to a
full day (8.5 hour) trip covering about
10-12 miles to near or below Crooked Creek
and then working our way back to the
dock. We usually fish downstream from
the dock as that is where we believe the
better fishing usually is, but sometimes we
fish upstream if we know it has been good
fishing that way. The guides have
individual opinions and knowledge about
where they think is best.
Some people fish
two or more days or maybe one day plus a
half day; whatever you want to do. Our
usual guided fishing trip leaves the
dock at 7:00 a.m. (or later/earlier if you
want) but the guides are used to coming in
to the dock at 3:30.
All trips are
fully outfitted with all you need for a
safe, comfortable excursion. Our boats are
wide Jon boats equipped with comfortable
swivel seats and all safety gear. If
you have your own rods/reels bring them;
otherwise we have plenty available at no
A large cooler
with ice is on each boat. Soft drinks
of your choice are provided, along with
There are two
choices for lunch: our box lunch or our
shore lunch. A box lunch includes
sandwiches made by Debbie, chips, fruit
and a desert item. A box lunch is
included in the price of our full- day
trips. For info on shore lunches
please click here
or on the "Shore Lunch and Camp Trips
Meals" button in left column.
there is another choice..tell us if you want
something else and we will do our best to
provide it. Our normal rates for full
day include a box lunch of excellent
sandwiches (2 per person), chips, fruit and
We are famous
for our excellent shore
lunches cooked by your guide on
the riverbank over charcoal. With
either lunch, your guide can set up a
"roll-up" table and the swivel chairs
from your boat; you do not sit on the
ground (unless you want to).
Some people just eat a sandwich in the
boat and keep on fishin!
Trout Dock Guides
Your Cotter Dock
guide is more than a fishing master. He also
baits your hook, manages your tackle, drives
the boat, cooks and serves lunch and
otherwise ensures your comfort and success
all day long.
trips on the cold, clear waters of the
Arkansas White River and North Fork River is
an experience unique to the Arkansas Ozarks.
Our professional guides are highly qualified
with many years experience on these rivers.
They're courteous, pleasant outdoorsmen.
They know where
to fish, how to fish, and what bait, lures
or flies to use. They catch fish in
either high or low water conditions, all
All of our guides are
experts with lures or bait. We also have a
number of great fly fishing guides Some are
both. They don't expect you to be an expert.
For newcomers, these professionals will bait
your hook, cast and take the fish off while
you just reel 'em in.
conduct trips for the novice and the
experienced fisherman alike. We encourage
you to bring your children. The guides
accommodate angling friends, families, or
Scenery is a big
part of the float trip experience, and the
White River system has plenty of it.
Guided Fishing Trip
Relax in a
comfortable chair as an experienced guide
pilots your "John " boat leisurely down the
river. Savor the solitude and spectacular
rugged mountain scenery that unfolds with
You may find an
arrowhead on the gravel bars as quite a few
of our guests have. Your guide will tell you
interesting historical facts and local folk
lore - like the stories of the lost mine and
the rough-and-tumble days of the railroad.
enjoying the scenery, you'll also be
catching lots of rainbow, brook, brown,
cutthroat trout, or smallmouth bass.
Catching forty or fifty rainbows in a day is
Some folks chose
to release all their catch, but you are
allowed to take out five per person per day
for a two day limit. Fish that you want to
keep are cleaned by your guide and packed
with ice in styrofoam coolers at no charge
(or in your own cooler if you bring one) for
your trip home.
guided fishing trips cover 10-12 miles of
river, are conducted by a great guide and
are outfitted with boat, motor, chairs,
cushions, life jackets, lunches, soft
drinks, ice chest and bottled water.
usually permit about 8 hours of fishing
depending on your lunch choice.
You relax and
fish. Your Cotter Dock guide does the work.
Quietly drift along catching trout, or you
can anchor over the big holes.
White River -
Producer of Several Line Class Trout World
The cold, crystal
clear White River flows from Bull Shoals Dam
17 miles above Cotter, our starting base.
For the next 60 miles its chilled waters are
perfect for rainbow, brown, and cutthroat
trout, as well as providing natural air
conditioning that keeps you comfortable even
during July and August.
The White River
receives regular trout stocking, plus it has
good populations of native trout. The
scenery is primarily Ozark forests and
bluffs with some open fields. There are
homes along the river banks in some areas,
but for the most part the scenery is
several types of animals, birds, and
wildflowers along the way. We recommend the
Arkansas White River for those who's primary
interest is catching lots of trout.
River - River of World Trout Records
This 4.5 mile
branch of the White River has produced two
All-Tackle world record browns, and limit
catches of rainbow trout are commonplace.
The North Fork also produced the Arkansas
State record brook trout. At times, it can
be fairly crowded.
Dock often fishes the North Fork as part of
an overnight float trip, but single day
float trips can also be arranged.
National River was America's first National
River. If you want the quintessential Ozarks
experience, we highly recommend an overnight
camping trip on the Buffalo, which is a warm
The small mouth
bass fishing is excellent, the scenery
Dock is one of only a handful of
concessionaires authorized to conduct guided
fishing trips on the Buffalo by the National
Park Service. Only 100 to 115 boats operated
by concessionaires can be on the 100 mile
float trip area. This regulation preserves
the pristine quality of the Buffalo River
Rugged and remote,
the Buffalo River is nearly inaccessible
terrain and therefore is best fished as an
overnight camping trip of 2 or more days;
however we do lots of single day trips on
the Buffalo River. The best times to
take a guided fishing trip on the Buffalo
River is from mid-March to the end of June
depending on water levels. Because the
Buffalo is a free-flowing river, water may
be too low or too high for fishing at other
times. But it just depends; every year
is different and quite often we can do late
If you want to try something
really different; you might like to fish for
"Arkansas Tarpon" on the Buffalo
OK, that's my
name for them; they are actually Gar fish;
but they often jump clear out of the water
when hooked and they always fight.
They are definitely different!
Click on the
Ron and Debbie Gamble
P.O. Box 96
Cotter, Arkansas 72626