Bull Shoals Lake Fishing

Bull Shoals Lake Fishing

Bull Shoals Lake is a 71,240 acre reservoir, with 1,050 miles of shoreline, and located about 10 miles west of Mountain Home, Arkansas. Construction of the dam on the White River for Bull Shoals Lake started in June of 1947 and was completed by July 1951. Bull Shoals Lake is known for its excellent Largemouth Bass fishing, with some weighing up to 12 pounds have been caught. There are also lots of Hybrid, Smallmouth, Spotted, Striped (Striper), and White Bass. Crankbaits, jigs, plastic worms, and spinner baits are common lures to use here for bass. .

Other species for Bull Shoals Lake include lots of Walleye that are caught on jigs, slow trolled crankbaits, and live bait. There is also excellent Crappie fishing on the many artificial reefs/fish attractors and brush piles that have been added by the government and privately. .

Below the dam, the White River has gained a national following among trout fishermen who target the many Brown, Cutthroat, and Rainbow Trout in the waters. A large federal fish hatchery is close by that regularly stocks the river with more trout. .



Top Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Spots

  1. Jimmie Creek Island
    3/19/2016 9:52:44 PM - Good ledge off the island here that goes down to the river channel. Good place to work for bass.


  2. Yocum Ledge
    3/19/2016 9:55:58 PM - Good ledge off the point with the river channel real close to this spot. Good place to work for bass.


  3. Sugarload Ledge
    3/19/2016 9:58:48 PM - This ledge runs out to the center here with a good drop to the river channel below. Work the ledge for bass.


  4. Gunnel Fork
    3/25/2018 9:58:14 PM -


  5. Walleye
    2/19/2019 7:46:16 PM -


  6. Deep Hump
    3/8/2021 6:56:02 PM -


  7. Big Creek
    7/18/2018 11:28:52 PM -


  8. Tie Chute Bluff
    3/25/2018 9:58:14 PM -


  9. Barren Fork
    7/18/2018 11:28:52 PM -


  10. Bronie Yurkonis Walk In Access
    5/3/2013 10:40:00 PM -



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Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Forecast

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Bull Shoals Lake, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Smallmouth Bass

  2. Smallmouth Bass

    There is a 32% catch rate for Smallmouth Bass, based on 8 Smallmouth Bass counted.


  3. Longear Sunfish

  4. Longear Sunfish

    There is a 24% catch rate for Longear Sunfish, based on 6 Longear Sunfish counted.


  5. Rock Bass

  6. Rock Bass

    There is a 16% catch rate for Rock Bass, based on 4 Rock Bass counted.


  7. Rainbow Trout

  8. Rainbow Trout

    There is a 8% catch rate for Rainbow Trout, based on 2 Rainbow Trout counted.


  9. Spotted Sunfish

  10. Spotted Sunfish

    There is a 8% catch rate for Spotted Sunfish, based on 2 Spotted Sunfish counted.


  11. Common Carp

  12. Common Carp

    There is a 4% catch rate for Common Carp, based on 1 Common Carp counted.


  13. Largemouth Bass

  14. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 4% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 1 Largemouth Bass counted.


  15. Spotted Bass

  16. Spotted Bass

    There is a 4% catch rate for Spotted Bass, based on 1 Spotted Bass counted.


Recommedations above based on 8 species of fish and 25 fish counted for September around Bull Shoals Lake.

To date, there are 40 species of fish and a total of 268 fish counted for Bull Shoals Lake and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 11/29/1899 (123 years).

Last Update: 9/22/2022 4:24:34 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as the year 1600.

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Latest Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Reports

  • AGFC Angler SUrvey Complete
    9/23/2022 10:03:00 AM - From the AGFC: In August the Trout Management Program completed two year-long angler surveys on the Bull Shoals Tailwater (White River) and Norfork Tailwater (North Fork River


  • DALLY’S FISHING REPORT: 9/23/22
    9/23/2022 9:02:45 AM - For those of you chomping at the bit to fish the high water for a change your prayers may have been answered. A decent little wad of shad passed through the Bull Shoals Dam la


  • LEES FERRY FUTURE UNCERTAIN
    9/23/2022 8:39:38 AM - A Decade or so ago Ben Levin and myself were invited to contribute chapters to an upcoming guide “50 Best Tailwaters To Fly Fish” being helmed by well known Arizona outfitters


  • Avoiding Casting Pains: Orvis Podcast
    9/22/2022 12:51:09 PM - We all get occasional aches and pains from casting or as we get older we worry about getting them. Dr. Jason Smith is an expert in sports medicine and has worked with many pro


  • Wild Fly on A Tropical Island In the Caribbean
    9/21/2022 10:25:00 AM - “Welcome to our latest series the “Sailboat Diaries.” A 14-day sailing trip through the Caribbean searching for our top bucket list fish the bonefish. Follow along as we chase


  • WISE TYING TIPS: SOFT HACKLES
    9/20/2022 12:42:03 PM - Soft Hackles might have lost their favor since the advent of minimum flow but they remain some of our favorite flies to tie and fish. Brian Wise turns his attention to tying S


  •  dire future for Montana trout; New Study
    9/16/2022 9:26:00 AM - A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey predicts Montana could lose 35% of trout habitat by 2080 The study published Sept. 7 in the journal Science Advances also says the im


  • Dally’s Fly Fishing Report 9/16/22
    9/16/2022 8:25:00 AM - For most brown trout in the U.S. October marks the beginning of spawning season which often lasts throughout December. During this period the fish will venture often many mile


  • Missouri Fisherman Claims Bigfoot Threw Boulder At Him
    9/15/2022 8:54:00 AM - APPARENTLY we are circled by Bigfoot and who knew. Just five days before the attention grabbing headlines out of Oklahoma that a fisherman confessing to killing his noodling p


  • Johnson: Two of meateaters 10 Best Streamers
    9/14/2022 8:47:00 AM - Dally’s head guide and fly designer Chad Johnson has had two of his streamers CJ’s Sluggo and The Big Johnson named in a new article in Meateater.com looking at the 10 Best St


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Top Bull Shoals Lake Bait & Tackle Stores

  1. Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher
    THE equipment, flies and gear you need, and at the right price, to fish the White River, the Ozark waterways and beyond.

  2. Wishes and Fishes Fly Shop
    I have been offering guided fly-fishing trips on the White River and Norfork River in Arkansas for trophy brown trout and rainbow trout since 1995. Let me show you one of the most overlooked trophy trout fisheries in the country.

  3. Big Red's Bait and Tackle
    Bass fishing tackle, rods, and reels, for the tournament fishermen to the laid back fishermen. Trout bait for the White River. Walleye Crappie and Cat fish baits

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Top Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher
    THE equipment, flies and gear you need, and at the right price, to fish the White River, the Ozark waterways and beyond.

  2. Wishes and Fishes Fly Shop
    I have been offering guided fly-fishing trips on the White River and Norfork River in Arkansas for trophy brown trout and rainbow trout since 1995. Let me show you one of the most overlooked trophy trout fisheries in the country.

  3. Beard's Guide Service
    Catching trophy trout is our specialty. Fly fishing or spin fishing, we catch trout of four pounds or more on almost all trips. Our guides all have extensive experience fishing the White and North Fork rivers in all types of weather and water conditi

  4. Cranor's Guide Services
    Licensed and insured professional trout fishing guides like Donald Cranor have the necessary knowledge of where trout schools will be, and most importantly, they have the flexibility of putting in on the best water zone for the day you are fishing. T

  5. Greg's White River Guide Service
    Greg's guide service gives both experienced and novice anglers a opportunity to fish comfortably aboard a boat that was designed to fish the White River. Our goal is to provide a custom trip that will create memories that will last a life time.

  6. Gone Fishin' White River Guide Service


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Top Bull Shoals Lake Marinas

  1. Buck Creek Marina
    Buck Creek Marina is located near Protem, MO on Bull Shoals Lake. We offer boat or watersport rental, bait and tackle, boat slip rentals, and store.

  2. Hwy125 Marina
    Our Bull Shoals Lake marina provides quality marine services and products to northern Arkansas. Hwy. 125 Marina offers a full fleet of rental boats at an affordable rate for the whole family to enjoy. We want our customers to have a memorable vacatio

  3. Lakeview Cove Marina
    Lakeview Cove Marina provides all the necessities to enhance your time on the water whether your interest is fishing or boating. We offer overnight and yearly facilities for your boat in one of our new, covered docks or you can cruise the lake in one

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