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Cotter Trout Dock Weekly Fishing Report

February 10, 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 670.98 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 659 msl).
Bull Shoals Boat Dock said the surface water temperature is 46 degrees and the floodgates are open. Fish are holding in their winter patterns. Long, main-lake points in 35 to 45 feet like Point 5 where the point drops off deep are good places to target. White Dixie jet jigging spoons or 5/8-oz. white/chartreuse Rapala Jigging Raps are catching a lot of spotted bass and smallmouth when vertically jigged at the edges of these points. Fish slowly, but cover water with the electronics to help find active fish. Also don't be afraid to start all the way in the backs of the larger creek arms, especially if you are seeing bait. The Alabama rig is still the best producer, with an occasional walleye even mixed into the catch. Megabass, Spro and Rapala jerk baits fished with a three-second pause are working well. Most docks are pushed up on the bank, but if you find some left out deep that have been neglected you can usually find a few bass warming up underneath. Smoke grubs on a ¼-oz. head, or Fish Head spins paired with a Keitech in Shad colors are working well near the docks.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 is very high and swift.
Berry Brothers Guide Service (870-453-2424) said said the White has seen heavy generation with no wadable water. In an effort to lower the lake levels before the spring rains, the Corps of Engineers opened eight flood gates. The combined outflow and generation equal 30,000 cubic feet per second, the equivalent of 10 full generators. The hot spot has been the catch-and-release section below 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). Streamer fishing has heated up with the high water. With the heavy flows, the fish have been pushed to the bank. The best bet for large trout has been to bang the bank with large articulated streamers delivered with heavy, 24- to 30-foot sink tip line. You will need an 8- or 9- weight rod. This is heavy work but the rewards can be great.

Lake Norfork

As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 558.71 feet msl (normal conservation pool: September-April – 553.75 msl, April-September – 556.75 msl).
Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters had no report.
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 in an effort to lower the lake levels before the spring rains, the Corps of Engineers has opened flood gates. Releases on the Norfork equal 10,000 cfs, the equivalent of three full generators. 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.

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