For decades the trout in the tail
waters below Bull Shoals Dam in Arkansas’s
have been known to threaten many a world
record – especially in the brown trout realm. But today it
was all about
Rainbows – and pretty big ones too.
First let me say that fishing the White River is old school
won’t see many fly rods.
I would estimate the ratio of spin to fly
gear to be 100:1. Most
looking for dinner and little else.
this river the trout don’t have many natural predators. Man and maybe an
occasional blue heron are
really their only threats and as such they tend to spread out over the
river like a big playground. On
our guide, Dwayne Beard, had us using spinning tackle with simple hook
sinker rigs with gulp minnows which are about as close to feeling and
like the real thing as I’ve ever seen.
How did we do?
Well, we topped our previous record of 21
fish for a State with 24 total (23 rainbows and 1 brown). Dad caught the big rainbow
of the day which
weighed in at a little over 3 pounds but Taylor
had two that came in a close 2nd and 3rd. We did leave 30 minutes at
the end of the
morning to head out of the catch & release section to see if we
two small trout for dinner. Guess
our guide suggested we use? Good
Green Giant Niblet Corn. 20
later we had two small 10” trout for tonight’s
For those who are curious,
the total fish count so far.
Catch & Release: 149