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Spring River Sponsored by
Date 12-Oct-16
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Conditions : Spring River: Mark Crawford with Spring River Flies and Guides said said water levels are running at 340 cfs and water clarity is clear. The river is looking great. Y2K’s have been the go-to flies all week with a Woolly Worm with a chartreuse tail coming in second. Really nice weather this last week, foating the river with the only other company being eagles and ospreys. On the sunny days, get the fly down, and swinging the fly and stripping back a short distance can be very productive. Hot pink and chartreuse Trout Magnets work great on a fly rod and spinning rod. Super glue the bodies the day before to keep them in place.

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 there are fewer boats on the river. 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 (size 10), cerise and hot pink San Juan worms (size 10) and Y2Ks (size 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.

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.


Cold Springs Access: Handicapped accessible fishing pier is available.


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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