Monday, July 14th 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: 660.49 msl
Last Report: 660.86 (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.
Low water in the morning and higher water in the afternoon has kept fly rods bent over. For the wade fisherman, the early morning bite on midges and emergers has been good. Once the generators start, it's time to trade the waders for a boat and hit the river while it's still rising. The black or pink jig has been hot!
Spin Cast Fishing
The preferred rod and reel set up includes a 6'-6'6" light action rod with 4-6 pound test line.
Bait fishing with worms has been the "go to" item that are catching stringers of fish. Drifting live red worms on a river rig on high water or sitting on a hole on low water will probably catch more trout than you could eat. Remember your limit is 5 total trout.
On higher water levels, countdown rapalas, countdown scatter raps, smithwicks, Rick Clunn suspending rogues, and the flicker shad will hook a few bigger trout.
The "stand-by's" consist of the florescent yellow powerbait original or garlic scent, white eagle claw eggs, 3" pink berkley powerbait trout worms, pink gulp worms, little cleo spoons, and thomas buoyant spoons
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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Gaston's Winter Rates...Stay two nights or more...40% off lodging...December 2nd, 2013 to February 28, 2014.
For the entire month of March 2014, as long as you stay two nights or more you will receive 30% off lodging.
Clint & Logan
How to Fillet your trout.