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March 14, 2012

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Shawnee-Supreme 2012 Trout Tournament Results

The Cotter Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the 2012 Shawnee-Supreme Invitational Trout Tournament on  March 10th @ Cotter Big Spring Park.  We had 67 2-man teams enter the tournament.  Rob Williams, owner Shawnee Boats, Inc. donated the 2012 L48 Supreme Boat for the boat drawing.
Winners photo - (L to R) Cody Cheek (winner), Paula Flippin (Cotter Area Chamber of Commerce President), Bobby Cheek (winner).  This team had a total weight of 7.33 lbs.  They also won the "Big Fish" with a 4.74 lb german brown trout.
Boat Draw Photo - (L to R) Gary Grimm (winner), Paula Flippin (Cotter Area Chamber of Commerce President), Steve Cooper (winner), Rob Williams (owner, Shawnee Boats, Inc.) winners of the 2012 L48 Supreme Boat donated by Shawnee Boats, Inc.

67 Teams entered tournament
30 Teams weighed in fish for a total fish weight of 152.31 lbs
First Place was 7.33 lbs won by Team 57 Bobby Cheek & Cody Cheek
Big Fish was 4.79 lbs won by Team 57 Bobby Cheek & Cody Cheek
3 Teams launched at Bull Shoals State Park
4 Teams launched at White Hole Access
14 Teams launched at Wildcat Access
36 Teams launched at Cotter Access
10 Teams did not fish
Entrants were from 6 states and 35 cities

Thanks for supporting this event from all of us at the Cotter Chamber of Commerce. Next years date has been set for March 09 2013.

Fishing Report From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

White River
Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is clear and normal with two generators running. Trout are good on midges, nymphs woolly buggers and streamers in swift current. Rainbows are hitting anything – spinners, spoons, PowerBait and PowerWorms. 
Randy Oliver at (901-832-1903) said rain has muddied the water, with two to four generators running most days.
Guide Davy Wotton said there should be some early caddis hatches soon with the warm weather. Generation levels are generally low with a few high water spikes, which have generated some shad through the dams. Best options are at this time drift fishing combinations of caddis larva and rock worms, sow bugs, white tail and prism midges in black and red. Wade fisherman, more or less as above, for the Norfork during low water then you will have to reduce the size of the midge from 16s to 22s at times, same also for Bull Shoals dam when generation is shut down.
Jim Brentlinger at Linger’s Guide Service and Fishing Lodge(870-499-5185) said Buffalo City to Reds Landing water levels have been low for the last 10 days. We are not getting any flow from the Buffalo. Fishing has been very good in the low-water conditions. Rapalas in the deeper holes and Zig Jigs everywhere else. The wind has been an issue for a week making it very difficult to work jigs properly.
Buffalo River
Just Fishing Guides said the river levels are 5/12 feet and 1,330 cfs at Ponca; 9.14 feet and 2,880 cfs at Pruitt; 11.87 feet and 8,330 cfs at Tyler Bend, and 9.22 feet and 6,790 cfs at Buffalo Point. Water temperatures range from 50-57 degrees, right at the point where fishing (catching) starts getting better for smallmouth bass. That is not saying that you can't catch them in cooler water; it just gets tougher. Make sure you are fishing the deep holes and shallower waters on warm, sunny days. Some good fish have been caught. With the warmer temperatures continuing and a warm rain, fishing should really pick up. Fish slow and deep with soft plastics or crawdad pattern flies.
Crooked Creek
Just Fishing Guides said the gauge at Kelly’s Slab is reading 13.13 ft and 1,850 cfs. Water temperatures have been averaging 55 degrees.
Bull Shoals Lake
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 654.03 feet MSL (Normal conservation pool - 654 MSL).
Mike Worley’s Guide Service
said walleye and bass are in shallow water and biting on Alabama rigs, stick baits, spinner baits, crankbaits and jigs. Crappie are biting on minnows and jigs fished about 6 feet deep over brush piles, and should be moving to the spawning banks soon. Try casting smoke or blue thunder 2-inch Swimming Minnows on 1/16-ounce jigheads on windy gravel banks in the creeks. White bass are biting in the late afternoon in the back of the creeks in less than 10 feet on white jigs, Rooster Tails and small crankbaits.
Bull Shoals Tailwater
Just Fishing Guides said the lake level is 653.6 feet, 0.4 feet below the top of conservation pool. Generation has been around the clock with 1-2 units (3,000 cfs and spikes to 7,000 cfs) during the week and no generation sometimes during the weekend. Caddis patterns are the preferred flies now. Suggested patterns include Prince nymph, Zugbug, Hare ’n’ Copper (olive), BH Z-Wing caddis (olive), partridge and peacock soft hackle, graphic caddis and elk hair caddis, all in size 14.

Lake Norfork
As of Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 552.24 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 Tim Partin says fishing has been good for walleye and crappie. Sunfish are hitting worms around brush in the back of most coves. Bass are hitting swim baits fished 15-25 feet deep. White bass are starting to show up in the shallow water upstream, as are some stripers.
STR Outfitters Tom Reynolds says rain has triggered stripers to begin biting. The stripers are in deep water – 50-80 feet – but are in the 30-foot range, so stay in deep water but fish shallow during the day. Early daylight and evenings the stripers are moving to shore, feeding on crawdads. A 25, 18, 16 and two 12s were caught on shiners and shad recently.
Hummingbird Hideaway Resort Lou Gabric says walleye fishing has been really good upriver. A couple of friends had a great fishing trip using live chubs. Shiners and night crawlers should work as well. Walleye are in the middle of their spawn and should start moving downriver very soon. The after-dark rogue bite is starting to happen. Crappie are over brush in shallow water. You will find them 5-20 feet down. Live bait has been working best. I was netting many nice crappie back in the bayou in 10 feet of water. Start looking for several upcoming fishing events that will happen over the next couple of weeks. The white bass run and spawn should start to happen any time. You will be able to find these fish on very shallow flats and in the back of creeks; smaller hybrids will be hanging with them. The after-dark bite for stripers and walleye with slow rolling a jerk bait has already started, but will get much better once the water temperature gets closer to the mid 50s. Crappie will start to stage for their spawn. You will start to find crappie in very shallow water along banks in coves and creeks. Look for fallen timber that is lying in the water.
Guide Steve Olomon had no report.
Randy Oliver at (901-832-1903) had no report. 
Norfork Tailwater
Randy Oliver at (901-832-1903) ) said shad have been coming through the dam and the fishing has been hot.  When the river is running, use black and silver Countdown Rapalas in size 7, and black and silver Shad Raps in size 5. Dead shad and redworms are working during low water, fished about 12 inches off the bottom.
Just Fishing Guides said the lake level is 552.2 feet, 0.2 feet over the top of conservation pool. Generation has been usually twice per day with flows to 6,000 cfs with 2-6 hours each time. Over the weekend, it was continuous at 3,000 cfs. Midges and caddis are what the trout are keying on predominately now. Look for midging trout late morning and switch to caddis patterns sometime in the early afternoon. Suggested patterns include Zebra midge (black, gray and rusty brown), Parachute Adams, sow bug (gray and tan), scud (olive, gray and tan), Prince nymph, Zugbug, BH Z-Wing caddis (olive), Hare ’n’ Copper (olive), partridge and peacock soft hackle, graphic caddis (olive) and olive elk hair caddis.

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