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Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Report & Lake Conditions
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Current Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Report

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Hello everybody! Well, it looks like the catching is going to start. The fishing is always good. :) The water temperature is finally in the 50's on the surface. The bass are starting to stage towards the back of the creeks where the water is warmer. Haven't seen any beds yet but most of the fish have moved up shallower. I talked to several fisherman on the dock today. Most of them had smiles on their faces and fish in their livewells. The lake is at normal level and the visibility is getting better every day. It is that time of the year. They are catching all species of bass, white bass, and crappie. I am told by the night time fisherman that they are spotlighting and seeing lots of walleye on the bank but they can't catch any yet. I have seen a few come in but not the numbers yet. Like everything else this year the walleye spawn is late. The patterns below are update as of April 1st. The White River continues to be fantastic. See the picture page for pics. Until next time!

Bass
--- plastic baits in 5 to 15 feet of water. Mostly carolina rigged lizards, brush hogs and other plastics

--- Stick baits like a rogue, rebel, x-rap, mega-bass or something that simulates a dying shad. The water temperature is cold enough for the shad to die. They are catching them on the surface to 10 feet. Fairly shallow.

--- jigs - Try to simulate a crawfish in 5 to 15 feet of water. Use a standard jig with some kind of plastic attached. darker colors seem to be the best.

--- spinner baits in 0 to 10 feet of water back in the creeks on channel swings.

--- tube jigs along the bottom simulating a crawfish.

--- Live minnows on a small split shot in 5 to 15 foot of water

Crappie
When I can get a crappie fisherman to show off their crappie or talk about them this is what they are saying. I know there is some being caught. Most of the brush piles are 20 to 35 feet right now.

--- 1/32 oz or 1/64 oz jigs around the brush piles

--- small minnows when you can get them

--- small spoons around the brush piles.

White Bass
The whites are being caught. I haven't been able to talk anybody into taking a picture yet. One of the guides caught 30-40 today but they released them all. Go back in the creeks as far as you can go. Try 0 to 15 feet until you find them

--- white jigs, rooster tails, spoons, road runner jigs, Rapalas and or anything that looks like a minnow

Walleye
There are several walleye being seen shallow at night after dark with spot lights. But, nobody is talking about catching them or showing them off yet. I have seen one or two here and there during the day. I think the catching should start any time. I believe they are spawning and not interested in eating anything right now. We will see of the next few days if it changes.

White River:

NOTHING EVER CHANGES ON THE RIVER EXCEPT THE WATER LEVEL! THE FISHING IS ALWAYS GREAT! This question gets asked a lot. "When is the best time to fish the river? " The answer is anytime. The water comes out of the bottom of the lake therefore it is always very cold. It doesn't have the temperature cycle of a normal body of water. It doesn't matter if its 100 degrees out or 10 degrees out. The water temperature stays the same within a few degrees, Therefore, the fishing is always the same and always good. Arkansas stocks the White River with rainbow trout year around so the fishing is good year around. The water level doesn't matter either, you just have to change how you fish. If the water is high then you usually drift and float fish, if its low then you anchor and still fish. Naturally, fly fishing is better when the river is low. SO, COME FISHING WHENEVER YOU CAN !

The river fishing has been great!! Check out the picture links at the bottom for photos of some big ones caught over the last few years. Nothing new on the patterns. --- Worms, night crawlers, power baits, salmon eggs, Count down Rapalas, spoons, rooster tails, jigs and just about any other type of trout bait or pattern you have heard of.

Come visit our expanded bait and Tackle department and good luck and good fishing to! 

FISHING -- INFORMATION -- FISHING

WATER TEMP GRAPH - 04-24-09
WATER TEMP GRAPH    05-24-09
WATER TEMP COMPARISON  FOR APRIL - 08 TO 09 WATER TEMP
TYSON FOODS EMPLOYEE TOURNAMENT RESULTS - 2009
DAN GALUSHA CRAPPIE ARTICLE ON BULL SHOALS LAKE
WATER TEMP GRAPH - 06-26-09
PREFERRED OXYGEN RANGE FOR FISH
LENGTH TO WEIGHT CONVERSION CHART FOR - WALLEYE - CRAPPIE - LARGEMOUTH BASS
WATER TEMP GRAPH - 07-08-09
WATER TEMP GRAPH - 07-22-09
WATER TEMP GRAPH - 08-16-09
Oxygen levels - 09-20-09
WATER TEMP - OXYGEN LEVELS - 04-01-10
WATER TEMP-OXYGEN LEVELS - 04-28-10
WATER TEMP-OXYGEN LEVELS - 05-25-10
WATER TEMP COMPARISON  FOR MAY - 09 TO 10 WATER TEMP

 

FISHING INFORMATION

Photos Of Recent & Past Bull Shoals Lake & White River Fish Catches
See what Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock customers caught on Bull Shoals Lake and the White River


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Road Condition Information For Arkansas
1.  http://www.arkansashighways.com/roads/roads.aspx
Web site detailing any road closings due to flooding or construction.

2. http://twitter.com/#!/AHTD
Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department on Twitter. Shows current road closing status.

3. Phone 501-569-2374 for a recording of Arkansas road closures

Surrounding States - Flooded & Closed Road Information
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Local Weather & Lake Level Information

Bull Shoals Lake/White River Generation Levels
This shows both Bull Shoals Lake level and White River Level. "Elevation" shows the lake level as feet above mean sea level (ft-msl). "Tailwater" shows the river level as feet above mean sea level (ft-msl). "Release" is shown as cubic feet per second (cfs). Electrical "Generation" is shown as megawatt hours (mwh).

Projected Lake Levels (see column 13 for Bull Shoals)
This simple text table shows what the Corps believes lake levels will be a few days into the future. Useful to fishermen and boaters who are familiar with area lake levels.

Daily Lake Projections
A table showing the current lake levels compared to past years. Also shows the lake level each morning, how full each lake is, the 24 hour change in level, and the average daily water releases in cubic feet per second (cfs). "SEAS/CONS POOL" stands for Seasonal Conservation Pool, which is a fancy term for normal. Looking at this table shows, for any given day, whether lake levels are above or below normal, and by how much. Finally it shows just how much water storage capacity is left within the entire water storage system.

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