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January 07, 2015

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Fishing Report From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

(Updated 1-7-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said there have been brief periods of heavy generation in the morning and afternoon with some wadable water. The catch-and-release section below Bull Shoals Dam is closed until Jan. 31 to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park is a seasonal catch-and-release area for the same period. All brown trout must be immediately released. In addition, night fishing is prohibited in this area during this period. The hot spot was Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (sizes 8 and 10), Y2Ks (sizes 14 and 12), prince nymphs (size 14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead, sizes 16 and 18), pheasant tails (size 14), ruby midges (size 18), root beer midges (size 18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (size 10), and sowbugs (size 16).  The higher flows on some mornings and afternoons have been conducive to fishing large streamers. You need a fast sinking sink tip line and an eight weight or better rod. This is a heavy lift that requires casting skills and patience.
(Updated 1-7-2015) Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water is high and stained. No anglers are on the water.
(Updated 1-7-2015) Newland's Resort below Bull Shoals had no report.  Visit the Projected water flow page and live web cam at Newland's web site.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 550.74 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
(Updated 1-7-2015) Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said the water temperature is in the low fifties to high 40s. The striper, hybrid and white bass bite continues to be outstanding during the mornings. The shad have moved to their winter location. Start looking for stripers at the U.S. Highway 62 bridge then head toward Bidwell Point following the old river channel all away around to the Blue Lady dock. Somewhere in that area the shad and stripers will be schooling. Another place is by the Panther Bay Recreation Area flats north of the 62 bridge. Stripers are being caught from 30 to 105 feet deep. The deep fish are more stable. They will stay in the same place longer. The higher the school is in the water column the faster they seem to move. Just keep moving slowly around and the fish will move under you so always be ready.
(Updated 1-7-2015) Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort had no report.
(Updated 1-7-2015) Guide Steve Olomon said surface water temperature is in the upper 40s to low 50s and the lake level is 548.9. Stripers are moving a little deeper following the shad. When you find the baitfish the stripers are close by and sometimes they are in the balls of baitfish. You can still find a few fish up shallow. Start looking halfway back in the creeks. The stripers and a few walleye are still hitting stick baits at night. Just remember to retrieve your lure slowly. Look for bass along the bluffs and out off points. Throw a suspending jerkbait and for the deeper fish throw a 3/4- to 1-oz. bucktail jig. They are also hitting Wiggle Warts thrown along the bank.

North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)

(Updated 1-7-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork has fished well recently. The most productive flies have been small midge patterns (sizes 18-22) like ruby midges, root beer midges, zebra midges (black or red with silver wire and silver bead) and soft hackles (sizes 14 and 16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. There have been reliable hatches of small midges (try a size 24 Adams parachute) and caddis (try a size 18 elk hair caddis).The fishing is better in the morning and late afternoon and tapers off midday. The siphon at Norfork Dam that was installed to achieve minimum flow has been repaired and is back in service. With the cold weather, there was little fishing pressure on Dry Run Creek. It has been a great time to fish there. The hot flies have been sowbugs (size 14), Y2Ks (size 12) and various colored San Juan worms (worm brown, red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise, size10).

Buffalo River

(Updated 1-7-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are clear and cold with no fishing action lately from the smallmouth.

Crooked Creek

(Updated 1-7-2015) Berry Brothers Guide Service said the Buffalo National River and Crooked Creek are clear and cold with no fishing action lately from the smallmouth.

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