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AR White River, Bulls Shoals Dam - Fishing

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Lat: 36.364559
Lng: -92.576790

Marker owner: Xray

Average user rating for this marker: 5

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Marker Description: The White River below Bull Shoals Dam is one of the best trout streams in the world. With 90 consecutive miles of trophy trout water, and about 5,500 trout per mile, the White River rivals the best of the world's trout water. The White River has produced browns up to 30 pounds.

The trout fishing begins 400 feet below Bull Shoals Dam. The short stretch from the "no fishing line" below the dam to the upper limit of the White River State Park, is catch and release only with single hooked artificial lures. This stretch is wadeable at low water and holds monster brown trout and very high concentrations of rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout.

Excellent fishing continues downstream through the White River State Park, which provides easy access to the river. The river within the state park is open under statewide regulations, and all bait/lure methods can be used for another 14 miles to Rim Shoals. Access points include White Hole, Wildcat Shoal, and Cotter.

The next catch and release area begins at Rim Shoals, 17 miles below the dam. The regulations are the same as the catch and release area just below the dam, and again huge fish are everywhere.

Visitor Comments

Re: AR White River, Bulls Shoals Dam Posted by dnorris Fri. July 29, 2016 08:21 pm

Re: AR White River, Bulls Shoals Dam Posted by dbrown1712 Sat. May 21, 2016 01:32 am
Wow, this was one of my home rivers growing up back the '70's. Best I ever did was a 5 lb. brown when I was 14 years old which was massive to me then, but that is lunch for the monsters in there now. Biggest caught in the White is 38.7 lbs.... which BTW is only THIRD biggest brown caught in Arkansas. The Little Red River which is about a 1/3 the size of the White, held the world record for a while with a 40.25 lb'r back in 1992.
All the trout waters in Arkansas are tailwater fisheries that used to be great smallmouth streams before the dams were built. But man, talk about creating world class trout waters.

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