Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Report & Lake Conditions
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Shoals Lake Fishing Report
July 9th, 2014
Hello everybody! Summer is here for sure. The fish have moved into there summer patterns
mostly. The lake is dropping slowly but there is still plenty of brush around the
shoreline. Top water is great in the morning and late in the day. During the midday hours
you have to go deeper for the fish. I have had reports on bass being anywhere from 15 feet
to 35 feet. I think it depends on where the bait fish are at. The water is fairly clear
and the lake surface temp is in the low to mid 80's. The thermocline is down to the 30
feet level or so.
This has been one of the best walleye runs we have seen in a while. The walleye fishing
wasn't that great in March-April-May this year but June has been great. The picture page
says it all. The patterns below haven't changed much. Just the depth of the fish due to
the water temp. The spear fisherman are reporting see lots of fish hanging around the
thermocline. Patterns below updated - July 9th, 2014.
As always- Till next time!
Bass - With the thermocline around the
30 foot level the bass will be deeper during the day. Early in the day and late in the day
you might try some top water baits.
--------- Plastic baits in 20 to 35 feet of water. Mostly carolina rigged lizards, brush
hogs, French fry worms, and 4-7 inch plastic worms. Carolina rigging is the most popular
for this. Some of you don't know what this is so I will try to paint you a visual picture.
First, take and cut a piece of line 2-6 feet long. You can experiment with this. Set that
aside. Then take a slip sinker that has a hole in it and slide it up the line coming from
your rod, the weight of this can be anywhere from 16th oz all the way up to 3/4 oz. You
can experiment with this too. It depends on the weight of line, type of rod, etc. The
light the line and rod the lighter the weight. The heavier the line and rod the heavier
the weight. After you have put the sinker on the line, then time a small swivel or snap on
the end of the line. This works as a stopper for the sinker. Then tie the other piece of
line to the other end of the swivel or snap. then tie a hook on the remaining end. The
size of hook depends on the type of plastic lure, line weight and what you are trying to
accomplish. Again you might have to experiment to see what works for you. Do not put any
weight on the hook/bait end. Put you choice of bait on the hook. Sooooo. Now you have
plastic bait that will float off the bottom, 2-6 feet a head of that will be the sinker
that will be laying on the bottom while the bait floats off the bottom 2-6 feet back. Get
the picture? This is a very effective fishing pattern due to the bait floating off the
bottom and looks like it is swimming. The greens like watermelon, pumpkin seed, browns,
blacks and other natural colors seem to work the best.
--------- Plastic tubes, Jig-n-trailer, swim baits are also working very well. These are
designed to be fished with a weight on them like a jig head and crawled across the bottom
like a crawfish. The natural colors again seem to be working the best. 20 to 30 feet of
water seem to be the best right now.
--------- Top water baits are starting work early in the morning and on cloudy days.
Mostly minnow looking flukes but the other top water baits should start soon.
--------- Spinner baits in 0 to 10 feet of water around the brush on the banks
--------- Live minnows on a small split shot in 20 to 30 foot of water
--------- Split shot a night crawler in 15 to 35 feet 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. Go back in the creeks as far as you can go. Try 0 to 15 feet until you find them.
There are reports of surfacing white bass schools around the lake during the day.
---------White jigs, rooster tails, spoons, road runner jigs, Rapalas and or anything that
looks like a minnow.
Walleye - The month of June was great
--------- Split shot a night crawler is working in 30 to 40 feet of water
--------- Bottom bouncing with harness and night crawler is producing fish in 30-40 feet
--------- Spooning in 30-40 feet of water is producing some walleye
--------- Trolling with deep diving baits is producing some fish early in the day and late
in the day.
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!
Road Condition Information For
Web site detailing any road closings due to flooding or construction.
Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department on Twitter. Shows current road closing
3. Phone 501-569-2374 for a recording of Arkansas road closures
Surrounding States - Flooded &
Closed Road Information
Links for Arkansas & surrounding State highway and road condition information
Local Weather & Lake Level
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).
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.
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