Shoals Lake Fishing Report & Lake Conditions
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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!
--- plastic baits in 5 to 15 feet of water. Mostly carolina rigged lizards, brush hogs and
--- 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
--- 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
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.
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
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.
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
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).
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