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Date 23-Jun-16
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Conditions : Spring River: Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said water levels are running at 440 cfs and water clarity has been mostly clear. The river is looking great and getting back to normal levels. Some days the trout are hitting any fly that comes near them, and some days they have been tough. Guppies and brownies have been the hot flies with Y2Ks also doing well. On the tough days when it is hard to get a bite, hot pink and chartreuse Trout Magnets will do the job. Hot pink and chartreuse Trout Magnets and gold spinners have been working well with spin fishers. It has been really hot lately and the river is cold as always. Wet wading has been really nice. Get out and enjoy. For the next few Fridays they’ll be having events at the Jim Hinkle Fish Hatchery from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. This Friday is a fly fishing class for kids ages 6-14.

John Berry in Cotter said the river is fishing well. This is a great place to wade fish, when they are running water on the White and Norfork Rivers. Canoe season is over and fishing is better. Be sure to wear cleated boots and carry a wading staff. There is a lot of bedrock that can get very slick. The hot flies have been olive woolly buggers with a bit of flash (No. 10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (No. 10) and Y2Ks (No. 10).

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About: - Emerging near the Missouri border in northcentral Arkansas, the Spring River has been described as the state's most dependable natural stream. Mammoth Spring, flowing at over nine million gallons of 58-degree water per hour, serves as the headwaters for the river and provides plenty of fresh water throughout the year. Trout and walleye fishing are rated tops, and floating between Mammoth Spring and Hardy is excellent for beginning and intermediate canoeists. Many areas of the upper Spring River are popular with fly fishermen. Outfitters and launch facilities are available along the Mammoth Spring-Hardy stretch (17 miles). The river is crystal-clear, with long pools and whitewater falls. The scenery is mostly hardwood forest with some rocky bluffs.

Access is from U.S. 63, which parallels much of the upper Spring River.

  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Walleye

Misc Info: -
Spring River: (Ozark Zone Quality Stream) Smallmouth bass daily limit is two and each must be at least 14 inches long to keep.
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From mouth of Mammoth Spring to Many Islands Camp: Anglers may use no more than two fishing rods and must attend them at all times.

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Cold Springs Access: Handicapped accessible fishing pier is available.

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From Dam #1 to the mouth of Myatt Creek: Open to fishing with rod or pole only from 100 yards below the dam.



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