White River Fishing report by Cotter Trout Dock
By Cotter Trout Dock
Nov 20, 2023
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Cotter, Arkansas -- Daily water releases from Bull Shoals Dam into the teeming White River tailwaters have been extremely variable throughout the last week: minimum flow during the early morning followed by higher generation (up to four units or 12,000 cfs) in the later morning before dropping back to minimum flows for the afternoon.  Bull Shoals Lake is eight feet below seasonal power pool of 661 feet msl elevation, currently sitting at 652.77 feet msl as of midweek.

Can an angler really get tired of catching fish?  Some folks have been heard to say their casting arms are worn out from reeling in so many rainbows.  Imagine that!  But that's been the case here on the White River in our breathtakingly beautiful Arkansas Ozarks. If you prefer bait, the guides have found red wiggler worms to be the ticket.  Backing them up with shrimp and peach, orange or sunrise egg patterns adds to the count.  For a little more challenge, but still bringing a lot of trout to the boat, anglers have been casting spinners.  Under an overcast, cloudy sky, work a Rooster Tail with a gold blade, pink body or a Blue Fox with a rainbow blade, gold bell.  But when the sun comes out, put the artificial baits away and return to the scented or live baits.

The brown bite remains fickle; your best bet is to get your hands on fresh river minnows or varied sizes of sculpins and dangle them near the bottom.

It's easy to see all that we have to be thankful for as we look around the hills and waterways here in the Ozarks, so take special care this holiday season with the resources and with one another. Respect the gifts we've been given and enjoy all the Natural State has to offer.

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