Fishing Is Fine on the White
Bull Shoals Lake is finally looking close to its normal level for this time of year, and the Army Corps of Engineers is easing up some on the water release from the dam into the White River there. The good folks at Cotter Trout Dock sent us a few photos (including the one on the left of Heath Huffmaster, who caught his smallmouth at the mouth of Jenkins Creek) of different anglers enjoying a nice week on the river.
They report the lake was 6 feet above desired power pool level Wednesday. Compare that to the 27 feet over power pool just two months ago. “We are still receiving approximately 16,000 cfs around the clock (equivalent to five power generators) but it won’t be long before the water level drops to a less-swift, easier-to-navigate amount.”
With shorter and cooler days, tied to the higher water levels, the rainbows spawning. They suggest finding an egg pattern or scented egg-like bait that matches the color of the roe, and “you’ll have more trout chasing your line than you can manage.” This week that would be X-Factor’s steel head orange, followed by fluorescent orange or sunrise PowerBait. Red Wiggler Worms should always be an option during high water events, with worm imitators (red, natural or bubblegum pink) just as successful, if not more so.
And a Sportsman’s White River Resort near Flippin, they have normal level and current in the clear river, adding that 500 trout were recently stocked. One of their anglers caught the fabled “Grand Slam” of trout fishing: a rainbow, brown, cutthroat and brook trout. He caught all four on a fly rod. PowerBait is the bait of choice for rainbow-catching anglers this week. The rainbows are excellent and are also biting drift rigs, Power rigs and Power Worms. Brown trout are picking up and are biting on jigs and stick baits.