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February 16, 2012

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Greetings from all of us at Cotter Trout Dock on the banks of the White River in Cotter, Arkansas!

We are expanding on our Weekly Fishing Report from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to include some of the latest happenings around here at the dock and anywhere that we find interesting. 

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Event: 11th Annual Greater Cotter Trout Festival
Friday, May 04, 2012 - Saturday, May 05, 2012

Event Details:

We host the annual Kids' Fishing Hole for the festival.  Arkansas Game & Fish come in early Saturday morning and stock 200 to 500 catch-able trout in our dock cove.

Rod & Reel Club members help out with registering the kids, providing rods and reels, and overseeing the prizes.  (They make sure each child under 15 gets a "goodie" bag.)

This great family event takes place at picturesque Cotter Big Spring Park. Friday BBQ and Saturday Fish Fry dinner. This year Cotter Trout Dock is going to be part of the hush puppy preparations for the fish dinner.

Besides the Kids' Fishing Hole, the festival includes a parade Saturday morning, a Lowe's kids' building project and other crafts, artisan and vendor booths, live music and more!  This year's event includes a duck race in the spring!
  •  Address: 
  • P.O. Box 489 
  • Cotter, AR 72626
  • Contact: Cotter Chamber of Commerce
  • Phone: 870-321-1243
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  • Fishing Report From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

    White River
     
    Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is cloudy and five to six generators are running. Brown trout are biting well on jigs and stick baits. Rainbow trout are biting fairly well on shrimp, Power Bait and trout worms.
     
    Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903)  said generation has been steady and the fish are holding in the deeper pools. Black/silver no. 7 Countdown Rapalas are working well on rainbows and brown trout.
     
    Guide Davy Wotton said both rivers are seeing a shad kill, which has perked up the odds of nailing a very big brown trout. Be on the water when generation levels are high and dead drift white jigs and streamers. Fishing may get slow by the dams, but move downstream as the action cools. Worms, eggs, sow bugs, midges, scuds and other generic nymphs all are doing well downstream.
     
    Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) (870-499-5185) said the Buffalo River has cleared up nicely so that was a big factor in the White River clearing up. The water color is great for fishing as it is barely stained. Fish jigs in low water or Rapalas in normal to high water.
     
    Buffalo River
     
    Just Fishing Guides the water levels are a little high and the water temperature is in the low to mid 40s. Fishing is tough for smallmouth. Make sure you are fishing the deep holes and shallower waters on warm sunny days. Some good fish have been caught. With the cold temperatures concentrate on places you know there are springs or seeps. Fish slow and deep with soft plastics or crawdad pattern flies.
     
    Crooked Creek
     
    Just Fishing Guides the water levels are a little high and the water temperature is in the low to mid 40s. Fishing is tough for smallmouth. Make sure you are fishing the deep holes and shallower waters on warm sunny days. Some good fish have been caught. With the cold temperatures concentrate on places you know there are springs or seeps. Fish slow and deep with soft plastics or crawdad pattern flies.
     
    Bull Shoals Lake
     
    As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 654.07 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool - 654 MSL).
     
    Mike Worley’s Guide Service said walleye and smallmouth bass are biting swimbaits, jigs and suspending stick baits on gravel points that have some chunk rock or ledges 10 to 20 feet deep. Crappie and bluegill are biting on jigs and minnows fished in brush piles in 20 to 40 feet of water. Largemouth and spotted bass are biting on bluffs in 10 to 20 feet of water biting on jigs.
     
    Bull Shoals Tailwater
     
    Just Fishing Guides said generation has been around the clock, varying between 2-6 units (4,000-20,000 cfs). Nymphs and streamers are two of the more productive presentations. Brown trout are on the feed now. Large streamers on 7- and 8-weight rods and fast-sinking lines can put you on that epic fish. Try staying with rising water while fishing to improve your odds.  Fish up to 10 pounds have been caught on big streamers.

    Lake Norfork
     
    As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 522 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool: Sept.-April - 552 MSL, April-Sept. - 554 MSL).
     
    Blackburn Resort said the water level has stopped rising. Surface temperature is in the mid-40s. People are catching some nice stripers on grubs halfway back in the creeks. Crappie are also halfway back in the creeks around deep brush. Several fish have been caught on small spoons in the brush piles.
     
    101 Grocery and Bait said the surface temperature is 42 to 47 degrees. The water is stained to clear. Fishing has been good for crappie and bass. Stripers are hitting live bait and small jigging spoons fished 30 to 40 feet deep.
     
    STR Outfitters said bass, crappie and walleye are biting fairly well. Striper fishing is slow. Bass and  crappie are being caught on minnows and small spoons fished around brush piles. Walleye have begun their spawning run in the river above Red Bank. 
     
    Hummingbird Hideaway Resort said crappie and bass are beginning to hit in major creeks on brush in 30 to 40 feet of water. Some fish are suspended, but most that are caught are coming from the bottom on a small, vertically jigged spoon.
     
    Guide Steve Olomon said the water temperature is in the mid- to upper 40s. Look for fish suspended around 30 feet deep, and drop a jigging spoon to them. Crappie, bass, stripers and walleye can all be caught on the spoon. Another good tactic is to throw suspending jerk baits along bluffs and over deep brush piles in coves.
     
    Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) had no new report
     
    Norfork Tailwater
     
    Randy Oliver at www.randyoliverguide.com (901-832-1903) ) said generation has been steady each day. Most fish are holding near the dam. Bottom fishing using corn or redworms outside of special regulations zones has worked well on rainbow trout.
     
    Just Fishing Guides said Generation has been usually all but 6-8 hours per day with flows from 3,500-6,000 cfs. There have been periods of low water in the afternoon each day for wade fishers. Tan scuds have been hot lately. Small streamers without bead or cone heads are producing. Sow bugs, midges, worm and egg patterns should be in your arsenal as well.


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