(870-453-2424) said 2 to 4 generators are running.
Trout fishing is
excellent on trout worms, shrimp, Little Cleos and
Fly-fishermen are doing well on black/red zebra
midges, woolly buggers
and green caddis.
Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com
(901-832-1903) said trout are biting well on yellow
Power Bait fished
off the bottom in the deeper part of the river over
said temperatures are dropping. The Bull Shoals Dam
Zone is now closed
to fishing for the spawn, and the area below the dam
zone to the State
Park now is catch-and-release only. Most brown trout
are in spawning
zones, digging redds and spawning. Please leave
these fish alone so
they can have a successful spawn for the health of
the fishery. The
best options during lower water flows are midge
patterns in sizes 14 to
20 if fish are seen feeding on the surface.
White-tail, prism, shimmer
and zebra midges are the go-to flies. Sow bugs and
scuds in gray,
gray/olive and orange have produced during overcast
Afternoons have been good for fishing both soft
hackles in the riffle
zones and small streamers in deeper water. When
drift fishing moderate
generations, combinations of midge, prism and San
Juan worms have been
very good, if fishing colored water and when
overhead light is
diminished then you may need to add hi-vis flies
such as eggs and worms.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s
Guide Service and Fishing Lodge
(870-499-5185) said water levels continue to be
steady and somewhat
lower than usual. Fishing has been steady as well.
Fish your favorite
stretches of the river but pay special attention to
any places that
offer faster water, shoals and quick runs.
Fly-fishing these spots with
woolly buggers in Olive or olive/black is working
well. White River Zig
Jigs are working for spin-fishermen.
said all sections of the river are very low, and no
opportunities are available in the upper ¾ of the
river. Wade fishing
is good if you don’t mind walking. Fish are biting
well on Clouser
minnows and crawdad patterns. Spin fishermen are
using soft plastics
and crankbaits in brown and green shades. (Last
said the water is low and floating is difficult.
Wade fishing at public
access points is very good. Smallmouth are excellent
minnows, Shenk’s white streamers, crazy ‘dads and
sneaky Petes. Spin
fishermen are catching plenty of smallmouth on
tubes, brush hogs and
lizards in watermelon, green pumpkin and black.
Smallmouth are also
being caught on small jerkbaits and crankbaits.