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Date 10-Nov-17
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Conditions : White River - Cotter Trout Dock (870-435-6525) said the White River below Bull Shoals Dam in the Cotter area has seen a fairly steady water level this past week, no exceptional rises or falls, and the catch has improved accordingly. They have seen lots of better-than-average-size rainbows using bright baits: white jigs, white and fluorescent yellow PowerBait, flashy Woolly Buggers and crusty scuds. Keep your baits about a foot or more from the river bottom and pull it slowly back home. The shortened days have kicked off the annual spawn of the brown trout. They are moving home, too, so watch as they move closer to their spawning beds. It will take a lot of time and varying baits to catch their attention at this time, so remain patient, stay on the river and keep it fun.

Sportsman’s White River Resort (870-453-2424) said the river level is normal, with two generators running. Fishing was good. Rainbows were biting PowerBait, Rooster Tails and pink worms.

John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said last weekend that during the past week, they had a trace of rain, cool temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals dropped 1.4 feet to rest at 4.5 feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet msl. This is 40.5 feet below the top of flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock rose 0.1 feet to rest at a foot below seasonal power pool and 15 feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake dropped 0.5 feet to rest at 1.3 feet below seasonal power pool and 10.9 feet below the top of flood pool. On the White, they had no wadable water with light generation. On the White, the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive woolly buggers (sizes 8, 10), Y2Ks (sizes 14, 12), 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). Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (John’s current favorite is a size 10 Y2K with a size 14 ruby midge suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.

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About: - Fishing Arkansas's White River Keeps Small Arkansas Town

These fish aren't native to Arkansas, but were introduced several decades ago when new dams on some of the state's major rivers wiped out the native bass, bream, catfish and crappie below the dams. Cold water released from the dam made the downstream rivers too chilly for the native fish, so trout were brought in. (more)

  • Brown & Rainbow Trout
  • Cutthroat
  • Brookies
  • Small & Largemouth Bass
  • Sunfish
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