The Cotter Trout Dock 
Weekly Fishing Report

January 13, 2016

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Fishing Report From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Bull Shoals

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 684.93 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
Bull Shoals Boat Dock had no new report. K Dock Marina (417-334-2880) is closed until March 4, 2016.

White River (Bull Shoals Tailwater)

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the water coming through the turbines has been stained. No one is fishing with the bad weather. No report.
Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the White River has seen heavy generation all week with no wadable water. All of the lakes on this system are well above seasonable power pool and we should encounter lower levels of generation, on our tailwaters, with some wadable water, until flooding clears downstream, when we will encounter high levels of generation. The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam is closed from Nov. 1, 2015 to Jan. 31, 2016, to accommodate the brown trout spawn. The State Park will be seasonal Catch and Release 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 has been Bull Shoals State Park. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (sizes 8-10), Y2Ks (sizes 12-14), prince nymphs (size 14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead, sizes 16-18), 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).

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 571.33 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters said Norfork Lake is maintaining its level at 18 feet above winter pool. The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has generated about 6 hours each day to maintain that level. Once the Mississippi River crests and begins to go down we should see more releases. The water temperature has dropped, but is still above average for this time of year. Striper fishing continues to be good even in the high water. The stripers can be found near Blue Lady, U.S. Highway 62 bridge channel, Float Creek and the river channel south of the U.S. Highway 62 bridge in 100 plus feet of water. Find the bait and wait for the schools of stripers to follow them. The stripers are beginning to feed on small threadfin shad.
Lou Gabric of Hummingbird Hideaway Resort had no new report.
Guide Steve Olomon had no new report.


North Fork River (Norfork Tailwater)

Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said the Norfork has been a bit off color, but has had some wadable water every day. 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 14-16) like the green butt. Egg patterns have also been productive. Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective. Try a small bead-headed nymph (zebra midge, copper John or pheasant tail) suspended 18 inches below a brightly colored San Juan worm (hot fluorescent pink or cerise, size 10). There have been reliable hatches of small midges (try a size 24 Adams parachute) and caddis (size 18 elk hair caddis). My favorite combination has been a cerise worm with a Sunday Special dropper.



Cotter Trout Dock, 321 Big Spring Pkwy POB 96, Cotter, AR  72626