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Don Schnable
October 24, 2013
White River - Freshwater Fishing Report


Minimum Flow

What was once an idea is now a reality. In 1973 there was a mass fish kill along the White River that occurred 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 minimflow, although it helps. Conservation is the idea behind the words minimum flow.

Minimum Flow rates:

Bull Shoals is 800 cfs

North Fork is 415cfs.

Fly Fishermen

Olive wooly boogers on the White River can be utilized everyday whether the water is high or low. Blood midges have been catching nice trout on their own or under a red-ass soft hackle. Green midges, red-foxtail squirrel nymphs are also doing well.

Spin Cast Fishing

The preferred rod and reel set up includes a 6'-6'6" light action rod with 4-6 pound test line.

Two generators has been running around the clock for about a week now.

Spoon fishing has been the "go to" for most guides and fishermen. The most popular has been the 1/6th oz. Red and gold Thomas Buoyant spoon. The 2nd most popular spoon has been the red/gold little cleo. Reports on the gold or silver Vibrax blue fox has been few and far between. The few fishermen that have reported on the blue fox #2 has been "it's catching trout very well!"

Jig fishing for trout has also picked up. 1/16th and 1/8th oz black or brown jigs.

The "stand-by's" consist of the florescent yellow powerbait original or garlic scent, white eagle claw eggs, 3" pink berkley powerbait trout worms, and pink gulp worms.


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.


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

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