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

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Hello everybody! The water is cooling off. The fishing has started to change some. The reports are good with most of the fisherman. The water temp is cooling down into the mid to upper 70's. The thermocline is around the 30 - 35 foot level depending on where you take it or ask. They are catching lots of bass shallower now then they were in the summer fishing stretch. We have heard of spinner bait fish shallow on a cloudy or windy day. These have been mostly largemouth bass. There has also been reports of shad plastic baits working shallow up to 15 feet for bass. There are a lot of shad balls working the surface especially late in the day and this is also causing the fish to start to move up shallow to feed. The lake is around the 655 level and still dropping slowly. Haven't seen any change in the walleye or crappie fishing but I expect to see more people fishing soon with the air and water temps falling. The other patterns listed below are still working. Until next time! 

Patterns below updated - 8-10-14

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
--------- 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 of water.
--------- 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.


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!


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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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