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  1. if it gets over 918, you can run a john boat almost to the dam if you know where to go. if it gets over 920 its almost impossible to wade and thats with no generation and you can boat anywhere. Its such a short tailwater that table rock just backs up into it and makes it part of the lake. at 922, you can run a bass boat up to the dam but once you get above the no bait zone you still need to be a bit careful.
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    River access

    this is a good recommendation but call low gap and make sure they are allowing folks in the dining area (they were doing takeout on certain nights but not everyday). There is a decent amount of driving to get over to Jasper and Ponca as well so just be mindful of that. Buffalo river area is top notch for scenery. another option is Dry Run Creek at the nofork national fish hatchery, if you have any kids under 16 they can fish in the best trout river in the world there. Also in norfork there are a couple good places to eat, Hiedi's Ugly cakes is one of them. Lots of things to do around bull shoals dam as well, there is the Jim Gaston visitor center (which is very nice), flea markets, parks, bull shoals lake, all kinds of stuff. Could go down to cotter spring and swim, it gets a bit redneck but the people watching is good. Lots of the trout docks rent canoes so you could float the white, just be mindful of the water level so thats another cheap option.
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    I fished in the clifty area Sunday and caught multiple pre spawn fish on mixed gravel points. I am sure there are fish in all 3 phases of the spawn right now but there are still alot of fish coming in that haven’t spawned.
  4. these cold nights have just not allowed those fish to go in there and spawn. We looked around in 1 pocket Saturday morning and the water temp was 54 and I immediately abandoned that plan and went deeper and found some fish off points.
  5. Wolfe has a good fiberglass guy, I would recommend them.
  6. Here is a great link from the corps. When lakes are falling it shows the forecast empty date (for beaver is march 20). when they are on the rise that turns into the forecasted crest date. http://www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil/pages/reports/remote/lakfcst.htm
  7. the corps forecasted schedule online says they are trying to get it back to normal pool by 3/20. Its said that for the last few weeks so I was wondering when the water dump was coming and I guess they decided to start over the weekend.
  8. I remember that as well. Jimmy was hammering them on a spinner bait and then Came the dreaded blue bird sky and dead calm winds and it just wouldn’t work. Still had a nice finish though.
  9. Thank you Bill. I will call up there today and ask if he is open for the day I can go.
  10. We are having a work retreat at Big Cedar for 3 days the first week of May and they are giving us a $300 credit to used on an activity(fishing trip, spa, golf, etc) and I am going to use mine on a guided trip on table rock. Can anyone recommend a good guide for me to ask for that works out of Big Cedar when I call to book the trip? I went on a trip with Mr. Babbler on the rock several years ago and he was great (I didn’t book this through big cedar), hoping for a similar experience this time around. Either way it’s an almost free guided trip so I can’t really go wrong and I’m getting paid since I’m “technically” at a work retreat.
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    Spawning Coves

    i live on that end of the lake and fish it often. Those fish spawn almost anywhere, backs of coves at the base of stumps, on ledge rock, bluff walls. I think that water is so variable up there (lake can go from fairly clear to muddy and high in less than 24 hours on that end) that those fish just go wherever they can get a spot when the time is right. There are definately places they prefer but I've seen them spawn in some strange places on that end. With the lower end when the water comes up at least it stays pretty clear so it doesn't mess up the spawning as much and light can still penetrate the water down to their nest and help incubate those eggs... on that river end when it goes to chocolate milk overnight and you get some pretty good current flow, i bet that can mess up a percentage of the spawning nests.
  12. rps, how difficult is that shoal you have marked to navigate in a boat? anything to really look out for running from housemans to beaver in a boat?
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    Spawning Coves

    any cove/pocket with some gravel or mixed rock will have lots of spawning fish in it. Fords creek, rambo, moulder, honey creek, indian creek and all the pockets off that arm, same with both clifty creeks... all hold lots of spawning fish
  14. lots of good VRBO homes and lodges. Cranors Lodge is a great place on the river to stay and guides can pick you up right at the lodge, its roughly 10 river miles below the dam. Just my opinion but Gastons is getting a bit dated, their restaurant is still good but the rooms need a refresh. Just avoid major holidays as it brings out the crowds. Great fishing 12 months a year so theres not really a time not to come and a time to specifically target. Everything depends on water flow from the dam and that's what drives the fishing. Big fish love the higher flows although your numbers of fish will go down, on lower flows you will have big numbers but might not have as good a quality.
  15. it is a good fly fishing spot at low flows (which there is NO guarantee you will get with as much rain as we have gotten). If there is no water running, round house shoal in cotter is another good place to try and also Ackerman access over at Norfork has access to some of the best wading water in Arkansas. BUT like said above, if they are running water you will need a boat and even better a boat with a fly guide in it.
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