Shoals Lake Fishing Report & Lake Conditions
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Shoals Lake Fishing Report
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Hello everybody! There are a few changes going on
finally. The water temperature is starting to warm up in to the mid to high 60's. The bass
fishing is still great with lots of fish and good reports coming in. There are a lot of
bass on the beds in this cove around the marina. We have been watching them spawn for the
last week. Yes, it is a late spawn this year. One of the latest I have ever seen. It
should be a good one too. The lake is 7-8 foot high still which means there is some brush
in the lake along the shore line. This will give the small spawn a place to hide and
survive. Another reason the spawn should be good is the higher lake level. Most species of
fish are going to get to spawn while the water is a little high. There has been a few
times in the past that the fish will try to spawn then the lake drops and their beds end
up out of the water. This is not going to happen this year. The visibility is still really
good and should continue to be for a while until the water temperature gets up there where
the algae will start to grow.
I am finally getting some reports of walleye being
caught. The bite has been around an hour either side of dark with the rogue-rebel-xrap
stick bait. Also, I have been getting reports of the bottom bouncing with a night crawler
during the day in 20 to 25 feet of water which is deeper then normal. They aren't usually
that deep until the middle of June. What a strange walleye year. I have a good picture (click)
of a walleye stringer caught yesterday with this pattern. I would also think split shoting
a night crawler or drop shoting a night crawler might work for walleye. Everything else is
pretty much the same. The white bass have slowed down a little and are starting to hit at
night under lights. Still getting a few reports on crappie and seeing some catfish coming
in jug fishing.
Until next time!
Bass - updated 5-19-13
The plastic patterns seem to be working
the best. The mustard colored and watermelon colored tube jig (gitzit) is really hot.
- Carolina rigging a lizard, brush hog, french
fry, or finesse worm in 5 to 15 feet of water. With the water being clear the natural
colors should work better.
- The hula grub, gitzit, tube jig, salt craw, all types
of plastic baits can catch fish. These can be worked in 5 to 20 feet of water depending on
where the fish are that day.
- Crawfish colored crankbaits are catching fish on
windy banks. Cloudy days also seem to help the shallow patterns
- Spinner baits on cloudy windy banks.
Mostly natural colors in clear water and bright colors in dingy water
- live minnows on a simple split shot rig in 5 to 20
feet of water.
- slow retrieve of any type of artificial minnow bait.
- split shot a night crawler in 5 to 20 feet of water.
White Bass -
Very few reports of white bass during the day night.
The patterns below usually work this time of year. The night bite under lights is starting
- Trolling minnow looking baits early in the morning
and late in the day on the gravel banks back in the creeks.
- jigging a spoon will also catch white bass in 20 to
30 foot deep water back in the main lake pockets and coves.
- night fishing under lights is starting to produce
Walleye - updated 05-19-13
- Bottom bouncing with night crawlers in 18 to 22 feet
is producing some walleye.
- split shoting night crawlers in 18 to 22 feet is
- drop shoting night
crawlers is producing in 18 to 22 feet of water.
- Stick baits such as the X-rap, rogue, rebel in
shallow water at night or close to dark. Minnows colors seem to be the best.
- Small minnows around brush piles
- small 1/16 ,1/32, 1/64 oz jigs around the brush
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 2012 picture page for photos of
some big ones caught over the last couple of weeks. 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
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
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).
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