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#21 ozark trout fisher

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 03:27 PM

Yea they used to on the lower end but the stripers kept eating them. Used to be they took trips in pontoons at night and fished close to the dam face deep for big rainbows, I remember. I don't think they stock them anymore.

According to the AGFC website, 30,000 rainbows are stocked every March in the lower sections of Bull Shoals Lake.
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Posted 24 December 2009 - 04:01 PM

Wow... I'd think they'd be primarily striper bait but what do I know :)

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 07:38 PM

As a side note, the "perch" we have around here don't go dormant in the winter- they just slow down and key in on smaller baits.


Rob, I'm sure that's right. In the lakes, though, I think "perch" go deep in the winter and it'd be real hard to target them with tiny lures. I know I never catch them in the winter, and I take it as a sure sign of SPRING when I catch the first "perch" up near the bank.

Hey, this thread got me thinking about the amazing variety of fish in upper Bull Shoals (and all our local lakes) and wondering how many different species I've caught there. Here's all the ones I can think of, and any additions or corrections would be appreciated. Sometimes I'm not too sharp on species' names.

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Spotted (Kentucky) Bass
White Bass (I've never caught a Striped Bass, that I know of)
Walleye
Black Crappie
White Crappie
Rainbow Trout (I've never caught a Brown Trout there, yet)
Bluegill
Green Sunfish (Black Perch)
Bluegill/Green Sunfish hybrid
Rock Bass (Goggleye)
Yellow Perch
Various small Sunfish (I don't know the different species of those)
Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Blue Catfish
Black Suckers
Yellow Suckers
Redhorse Suckers
Buffalo
Drum
Carp
Bowfin
Gar (I think there are a couple of different gars)

That's an amazing 16 species of "game fish" plus 2 more that are in B.S. but I haven't caught, plus the suckers I enjoy grabbing in the spring, plus the little sunfish and 4 species of "junk fish". That's without even trying to list baitfish - shad, chubs, and so forth. Have I left any species out?

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 07:54 PM

Striped Bass

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 11:10 AM

Striped Bass


Yes, at times I've caught some white bass-size fish, mixed in with the white bass, that I thought were probably small Stripers or maybe hybrids. Until I catch a full-size Striper, though, I won't say I've caught one out of Bull Shoals.

Wishing everyone here a Merry Christmas, and a Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year (hopefully filled with good things for our families and some great fishing trips)!

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 11:15 AM

Merry Christmas to everyone!

If I get a chance I'll run by Shadowrock park today and see if the ramp is open yet... I'll post back here what I see. Last week the water level was fine for launching on the Forsyth side, but the city had not yet opened the park.
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Posted 25 December 2009 - 11:24 AM

Have I left any species out?


Punkinseed comes to mind and although I haven't caught any out of BS, the Ozark Bass should be in there. I suppose there might be a Meanmourh or two.


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Posted 25 December 2009 - 11:26 AM

Yes Arkansas still stocks around 30,000 bows from the net pens in the Pot Hoals area.
At one time when Mark Oliver was the bio in charge he stocked Browns and lakers, he was also the key person on stocking stripers.. Bull Shoals boat dock use to run pontoon trips nightly for bows... One good spot for Bos is the Jimmy Creek Arm were the three caves are, under lights. problem is the caves are underwater right now.

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 04:02 PM

Shadowrock is open folks... good free launch on the Forsyth side. :)
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Posted 28 December 2009 - 01:30 PM

STRIPERS WILL EAT AS MANY RAINBOWS AS POSSIBLE.....Lake Lanier in North Georgia used to be a great RAINBOW Fishing lake. When STRIPERS were introduced to the Lake, the STRIPERS ATE all the Rainbows for breakfast, lunch and dinner and SNACKS. Now there are STRIPERS CAUGHT IN THE 50 - 60lb range all the time. If you want BIG STRIPERs. Feed them Rainbows.

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 10:42 AM

The biggest problem at the BS net pens is catfish. Big blue cats congregate around the pens and play havoc with the trout.

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 01:12 PM

I'd be happy to fix that blue cat problem!!!!!

Maybe we'll have to run over there in January after the Phil's Trout tournament.

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 10:17 AM

I know I'm also not adding anything relevant comments but I thought it was interesting the way this thread started yet quickly left that subject for something completely off the wall. Lilley started talking about people that might have been catching fish at the Powersite Dam and look where its gone. There hasn't been another comment on that idea. Its been more like an excercise you would expect in elementary school where you start with one kid and try to pass the message from #1 to #20 seeing how screwed up it can get.

Again, nothing of any value, just an observation.

But on the original subject, any word on the fishing at powersite and the origianl topic?

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 12:43 PM

Lilley started talking about people that might have been catching fish at the Powersite Dam and look where its gone. There hasn't been another comment on that idea. Its been more like an excercise you would expect in elementary school where you start with one kid and try to pass the message from #1 to #20 seeing how screwed up it can get.


Well, I said 'way up there that I was looking forward to a Pothole report and I'd get my boat out of mothballs real quick if I heard a good one. Since then, nobody's posted a fishing report who's actually been there - so we got to talking about trout, stripers, yellow perch, ramp access, fish species in B.S., stocking programs, and how stripers and blue catfish gobble up stocker trout. Interesting stuff to gab about with other fishermen, I thought.

So, OK, back to the original subject - but it's kinda hard to talk about how fishing is at the Pothole if nobody here knows.
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Posted 30 December 2009 - 01:08 PM

Talked to Buster... he hasn't talked to the guy he got the initial report from in a week. But he said they haven't changed the water flow pattern so fishing should not have changed - still should be good.

Babler and I are going to try to get down there next week.

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 10:03 PM

Well, I wonder how the fishing is at the Pothole.

If Phil and Bill try it this week, with the warmest day all week supposed to be 28 degrees, they're a lot tougher than me. I don't want to catch a fish that bad.

I guess we can't talk about anything else here while waiting to find out, 'cause that would be "off-topic".

Gee, I wonder how the fishing is at the Pothole.
:D :D :D

Wishing everyone here a healthy, happy, and safe New Year filled with lots of good fishing - and, my apologies for the off-topic holiday sentiment.

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Posted 01 January 2010 - 10:15 PM

I think that's pretty typical of most forums... hi-jacking is pretty much a given.

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 07:16 AM

Think the Razorbacks can beat East Carolina? :lol:

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Posted 02 January 2010 - 09:30 AM

Cajunangler its probably not as far off topic as one would think, both Stripers and Bow's show up in the Pothole.
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Posted 05 January 2010 - 09:08 PM

Yes Arkansas still stocks around 30,000 bows from the net pens in the Pot Hoals area.
At one time when Mark Oliver was the bio in charge he stocked Browns and lakers, he was also the key person on stocking stripers.. Bull Shoals boat dock use to run pontoon trips nightly for bows... One good spot for Bos is the Jimmy Creek Arm were the three caves are, under lights. problem is the caves are underwater right now.



Lake Trout? How long ago did they do that? I am assuming that they never survived. Anyone ever catch on down here?




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