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Bull Shoals Lake
has smiled on Bull Shoals Lake recently with lots of sunshine and
beautiful days with temperatures in the upper 70’s to mid 80’s.
We have bushes and buck brush submerged all over the lake. The
bass haven’t moved into them as yet but this year’s and last
year’s spawn are hiding in them and that is great. Crappie have
been slow the last few days. This is a normal reaction for this
time of year as they move to their summer haunts in the brush
piles and standing trees on the main lake bluffs. Live bait
(crappie minnows) on split shot rigs are the best way to fish at
this time until the crappie load up in their summer areas.
bass have moved to the deep water areas in the pockets, cuts and
creeks. Watersheds, transition bank drop offs and drop offs on
the side of flats have become their new homes with the rising
lake. There is some top water action in the morning on Zara
Spooks and Spit’N Image lures but it is not a sure thing as yet.
Best baits and technique have been suspending rogues, Lucky Craft
Pointer 78’s on windy days and jig and pigs, centipedes or lizards
on a Carolina rig and Sinko’s or flukes. Small bass are still on
a good bite especially the 2 to 3 pounders. They did make a
structure move this last week to what we call “do nothing” banks,
which are banks with no apparent rock patterns or formations.
They are in about 20 to 28 feet of water holding on stumps or
small rock piles. This pattern is very strange with the lake
warming up. Best baits have been Mojo rigged centipedes, finesse
worms, brush hogs and tube baits or hula grubs. Dragging across
the bottom is the key to finding strikes. Kentucky bass are
roaming under shad and in and out of banks and secondary points.
Some are pushing up shad and can be caught on Zara Spook Jrs. or
Pop R’s, some are on transition areas along the banks biting on
centipedes or grubs and a few are holding on the deep side of
points and will bite Spider Jigs, tubes and finesse worms. It is
not that you can’t catch a few, we just can’t pinpoint what
pattern they are on.
doing some goofy things for some reason. They have moved up onto
the flats in the upper lake areas and some good sources say
crawler harnesses with silver blades during the day and chartreuse
blades in the evenings are catching limits of nice walleye across
the flats daily. They are in 15 to 22 feet of water and what they
are doing there no one knows. Other walleye throughout the lake
are biting Suspending Rogue, Jrs. in the evening along chunk rock
points and during the daylight hours they are sliding off their
feeding points and hitting Bill Norman’s in 140, 149 and 153
colors in the DD14 size over 30 feet of water.
on the White River has been good with Berkley Power Eggs in
yellow, white and Berkley’s Earthworm. Buoyant spoons, Blue Fox,
Little Cleos, and Rooster Tails have worked the best when there is
some generation. The fly fishermen have been doing well on olive
and black Woolly Buggers, gray sow bugs and scuds. Browns are
being caught on Rebel Brown Trout jointed Minnow Floats,
CountDowns and nightcrawlers.
keep only what you can eat and release the rest for another day.
We thank Rick Culver of Wilderness Trail for this report. For
more information call Rick or Sue Culver at Wilderness Trail at
870-445-2703, e-mail them at
or check out their web site at
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