Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Fishing from the White River, near Eureka Springs Arkansas

Fishing: The upper White River with its assortment of bass (smallmouth, largemouth, rock and Kentucky), catfish (channel, blue, and flathead), and sunfish should satisfy nearly any angler. Spinnerbaits, crawfish imitators, and skirted jigs (with pork tails) are recommended, along with minnows, crawfish, and other natural baits. Below Bull Shoals Dam, the White River takes on an entirely different character. Here it is internationally known for premier trout fishing. Flyfishing is extremely popular on the White during low water periods, but most anglers opt for the standard White River rig -- a 16 to 20-foot johnboat equipped with a 10-20 horsepower motor. The Game and Fish Commission stocks hundreds of thousands of rainbows in the White annually, and more than 90 percent of them are caught each year by anglers who come here from all corners of the globe. Stream-running walleye are also found in the Upper White.

The eight-mile stretch of the White that is created by the Beaver Dam tailwater flows in a northerly direction just off U.S. 62 between Eureka Springs and Gateway. It’s stocked throughout the year by the AGFC with rainbow and brown trout. The biggest trout recently have been caught downstream of the Houseman Access.

When Eureka Springs, Arkansa, the girls can shop and the men can fish the White River, perfect compermise for any Eureka Springs Arkansas trip.

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