Copyright 2019 James Marsh
Fishing Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas

08/25/19 Fishing Report for Bull Shoals Lake: (See Fishing Report Archive at
bottom of page)
Bass are taking top water lures early mornings and near dark. Jigs with trailers around
heavy cover will also get them. Buzz baits work early and late as well. Deep diving
crankbaits work in deep water. Bluegill and sunfish are taking top water poppers early
and late. Crappie is slow. Walleye slow. Stripers can be caught on our large jointed
crankbaits cast or trolled when found schooling.

Description of the Lake:
Bull Shoals Lake is a reservoir on the White River in northern Arkansas. This includes
the part of the lake that is in Missouri. It is a great bass lake as well and crappie
fishery. Many visit the area to fish below the dam for trout but the tailwater river is
covered under a separate page of this site. This is a 71,000-acre reservoir with over
1,000 miles of shoreline, plenty of which is accessible for bank fishing. You can fish it
from kayaks, canoes, bass boats, pontoons and other types of fishing boats. There
are several marinas and boat rental facilities. Novice and serious anglers fish the lake
for white bass, striped bass, walleye, crappie, sunfish and catfish. Bull Shoals Lake is
located in the extreme north, center of the state just west of Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Species:
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Walleye
White Bass
Striped Bass
Bluegill
Longear Sunfish
Black Crappie
White Crappie

Seasons:
T
he fishing season is year-round.
Spring:
Spring is the best time for crappie, largemouth, smallmouth, spotted bass and striped
bass,
Summer:
This is a good time for bluegill as well as all four species of bass.
Fall:
Fall it a great time for spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as crappie.
Other species can also be caught.
Winter:
Winter months are the best times for walleye, and a good time for largemouth,
smallmouth and spotted bass.

Lake Level: Bull Shoals Lake

Weather: Mountain Home, Arkansas

Recommended Lures and Bait : Perfect Lures
Bass: Deep diving crankbaits, plastic worms, jigs/trailers, buzz baits

Striped Bass: Large jointed crankbaits.

Bluegil and Longear Sunfish: Poping bugs early and late - see flies below.

Crappie: Slow





























Fly Fishing - Recommended Flies For :
Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass - Minnows, Crayfish

Hybrid Stripers - Shad

Bluegill - Minnows, Nymphs, Terrestrials
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Recommended Fly FishingTackle & Gear
Fly Line:
Floating 3  to 8 weight, depending on species
Leaders:
Leaders for Bass
Leaders for panfish
Best Fly Rods: 3 weight to 8 weight depending on
species:
Journeyman, Maser, Pro, Pemiere
Fly Reels: For 3 to 8 weight fly line-
Journeyman, SR Reel, Redington
Misc Items:
Polarized Sunglasses
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Fishing Report Archives:
02/10/19 The most pursued species during this time of the year are bass,
smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass. They can be caught during the cold
winter months. They are generally found in the deeper water of creeks
channels, as well as both submerged and above water river ledges. We
recommend using deep diving crankbaits and jigs with trailers at this time of the
year. .

03/25/19 The lake has been high and dingy most of the time. Spinner baits,
single and double, have been catching them near heavy bank cover. Deep
diving cranks are working on bright sunny days but use them near heavy cover.
The bass are pre-spawn holding int 3 to 6 foot of water near their spawning
gounds. Crappie are being caught at 7-10 ft. depths on jigs with trailers.
Walleye are being caught in the river channels.

04/29/19
Crappie are spawning and being caugth in good numbers in shallow brush piles
and banks with heavy cover. Walleye are being caught in 10 to 15 ft. of water
on jigs with trailers. Largemouth bass are spawning. Jerkbaits, and worms are
working good. Smallmouth and spotted bass are pre-spawn to spawn stage and
being caught on shallow running crank and jerk baits.
Recommended Tackle & Gear
Line:
Braided & Mono, 4# test to #25 test, depending
on the species of fish
Spinning Rods:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Casting Rods
Light to heavy Rod, depending on species of fish
Spinning Reels:
Ultra light to heavy depending on species of fish
Spinning rods:
Light to heavy depending on species of fish
Misc. Items:
Tackle Boxes
Landing Nets
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.  
Options For Selecting Lures and Bait:
1. Email us (lures@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this area and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for a response.
2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help you decide which flies you need.
3. Email us (lures@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
All orders are shipped free in the
U. S. Orders over $100 are shipped via Priority Mail.  
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