Bull Shoals Lake Arkansas
By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Nov 28, 2004
Bull Shoals Lake: Wilderness Trail said the week started out with a little touch of spring, the temperatures were in the low 70s, but by mid-week, fall returned bringing with it a cold rain and temperatures in the 50s. The lake level this week is up a few inches, 652.95, but it is still 1? feet below normal pool. The higher water this fall will pay off big time in the next few years as the fry are able to hide, feed and grow in some cover. The lake temperature is holding in the upper 50s, and the lake clarity is about 14 feet. Crappie were very active this week in 35 to 38 feet of water on the bluff walls and in the middle of pockets where brush piles were present. The best baits were crappie minnows on pink or white heads, Swimming Minnows (smoke and white), crappie tubes and twistertails. Crappie are biting OK, smallmouths are moving up on the points, largemouth bass are showing up on the banks and walleye are on vacation. So this week, the lake rating is between fair and good. Largemouth bass are starting to rebound from the disappearing thermocline. The back of some cuts in the creek arms are holding a few keeper largemouth and more are moving in every few days. Fish jigs, spinner baits and small crankbaits in these areas. Channel swing points and secondary points are holding the largemouth that have not moved to the banks. A few can be caught on Spider Jigs and Carolina rigs with Brush Hogs or Trick Worms. Smallmouth bass are showing up on the main lake points and creek points near the entrance of the creek. They are holding on the deep side of the points on the bottom in 35 to 45 feet of water. The best baits are football-head jigs, Spider Jigs, drop shots with 4-inch finesse or weenie worms and tube baits. The quality smallmouths are not grouped up. When you find a point holding a keeper or two that is probably all that are there at that time, so, move to a similar point in the area. Kentucky bass are also moving. Chunk rock banks, watersheds, small deep main lake cuts and deep brush piles are ambush areas that the Kentuckies are starting to use. The best bite is coming out of 30 plus feet of water out to 45 feet of water. Crawdads are becoming the Kentuckies? food of choice which is normal when the lake temperature drops into the 50s at fall time. Best baits are Spider Jigs, Hula Grubs and Carolina rigs with Brush Hogs or finesse worms. On windy days, Wiggle Warts and Bandit crankbaits will trigger the feeding Kentuckies. Walleye have left the shallows and have moved to or close to deep-water drops. We can mark them in 33 to 48 feet of water almost lying on the bottom, and they are not biting. Spooning triggered just a few this week, and long-line trolling drew a blank. Trout fishing on the White River has been good on Power Bait in yellow and orange and Berkley Gulp earthworms, Buoyant Spoons, Colorado spoons and Mepps Spinners when the generation is on. The fly-fishermen have done well on olive Woolly Buggers, scuds, egg patterns and San Juan Worms. Browns are being caught on Suspending Rogues, Flatfish and night crawlers.