The White River below Bull Shoals is fishing Great right now. I don’t typically enjoy fishing in the summer ; Crowds and slower than average fishing combine to ruin the fun for me. But for whatever reason, there are a lot of really nice fish in the water. I suspect the extended periods of generation due to springtime high water levels in BSL has had the fish feeding a lot and growing a lot. Maybe the new regulations are letting some larger fish stay in the river longer also.
Lately, there has been higher generation during the heat of the afternoon, but dropping down to 2300 ish CFS the rest of the time. I love that water level ( roughly 2500 CFS) for many sections of the river. I can really work on them with Zig Jigs on 4 and 6 lb line.
1/32 oz Zig Jigs have been doing most of the work lately and some 1/16 oz Jigs in the deepest and fastest stuff I am fishing. I haven’t even thrown the 1/8 oz Jig in quite a while. I’ve been starting with olive/ginger and have not needed to change colors all day. I throw the 1/32 oz on 4 lb P Line CX Premium and the 1/16 oz on 6 lb Nanofil with a 4 or 6 lb P Line CX Premium leader.
The cherry on top for me is that I have found a couple “new” areas of the river to fish. I’m still working out some of the details, but they seem to be full of fish and set up well for the ways I like to fish. I’m not sure there is a bad section of the river to fish, but I do like getting away from the crowds and the boat traffic.
I trust Kris Nault when he tells me the upper river has a much higher % of Brown trout, but I’m finding a few south of the Hwy 62 bridge. Still the vast majority of what I catch are Rainbow Trout.
The Good Old Days are right now. Head to the White River and catch a bunch!