Monday, February 23rd Gaston's Fishing Report
For daily water conditions and lake levels, call the Bull Shoals Powerhouse at (870)431-5311.
BULL SHOALS LAKE LEVEL
Lake Level: 652.84 msl
Last Report: 653.00 (Power Pool is 659 msl)
MSL is mean sea level. When we say that the lake level is 659
MSL, that means that the top of the lake is 659 feet above sea level.
What was once an idea, is now a reality. In 1973 there was a mass fish kill along the White River that occured due to heat. Ever since then, the idea of minimum flow to help keep the water cool during the hot months of the year became a conversation peace.
The idea behind minimum flow is...more water, more fish, larger fish, healthier fish, and more people to fish. Simply put, means more people to the area to spend their tourism dollars in this predominately tourism community.
Dollars is not the main concern for the topic of minimum flow, although it helps. Conservation is the idea behind the words Minimum Flow.
Minimum Flow rates:
Bull Shoals is 800 cfs
North Fork is 415cfs.
The white river can be tricky for some customers that have never been here before. Even those that fish all the time. The water depth can change at any time and the fish change their feeding habits by the water flow. We definitely recommend a reserving one of our guides at least the first time here. No it's not necessary but it can make a noticable difference in the number of fish that you will catch.
Wade fishing continues to be slim in the morning due to a push of water beginning around 6 a.m. By early afternoon, the river is back down to minimum flow and the wade fishing picks up.
White, olive, or black jigs are starting to catch some nice trophy trout.
Nymphs, midges, sculpins, egg patterns and wooly buggers are also catching trout.
Spin Cast Fishing
The preferred rod and reel set up includes a 6'-6'6" light action rod with 4-6 pound test line.
This past Friday, had a couple fishermen report that some shad came through the dam. 1/8th oz white or grey/white jigs caught many good sized trout. One particular guide quit fishing the jig because they couldn't keep the smaller trout off of it because his clients wanted trophy trout. Stick baits such as Smithwicks, Rapalas, Rick Clunn, and Lucky Craft lures have been catching the larger browns.
Fishermen can get out early and catch the water on the rise. You'll want to throw jigs, stickbaits, shad, and river slicks for the larger trophy trout. Smaller trout are still biting on powerbait and worms.
Catch and Release
The photo above is a live tank to help the survival rate of our trophy trout that come into our dock. The tank has continuous flow of fresh water through the slots for the trout. The trophy can rest and rebuild its strength to make it in the wild after it's release.
Please note that a trophy trout released can be replicated if you have the dimensions and pictures of the fish so that one day someone else can experience a great trophy trout as well.
It is rewarding to see the bait fisherman, fly fisherman, guides, operators and the public working together in the best interest of the White River and it's Trophy Trout fishing program. Just proves what a bit of teamwork will do.
Good luck with your fishing and take a buddy along to make memories for a lifetime.
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