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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. .



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. Brown Trout

  2. Brown Trout

    There is a 20.93% catch rate for Brown Trout, based on 9 Brown Trout counted.

    Bull Shoals Lake Brown Trout Counts Chart
    Brown

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  3. White Bass

  4. White Bass

    There is a 13.95% catch rate for White Bass, based on 6 White Bass counted.

    Bull Shoals Lake White Bass Counts Chart
    White

    ENLARGE BULL SHOALS LAKE WHITE BASS COUNTS CHART


  5. Smallmouth Bass

  6. Smallmouth Bass

    There is a 9.3% catch rate for Smallmouth Bass, based on 4 Smallmouth Bass counted.

    Bull Shoals Lake Smallmouth Bass Counts Chart
    Smallmouth

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  7. Longear Sunfish

  8. Longear Sunfish

    There is a 6.98% catch rate for Longear Sunfish, based on 3 Longear Sunfish counted.

    Bull Shoals Lake Longear Sunfish Counts Chart
    Longear

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  9. Striped Bass

  10. Striped Bass

    There is a 6.98% catch rate for Striped Bass, based on 3 Striped Bass counted.

    Bull Shoals Lake Striped Bass Counts Chart
    Striped

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  11. Black Crappie

  12. Black Crappie

    There is a 4.65% catch rate for Black Crappie, based on 2 Black Crappie counted.

    Bull Shoals Lake Black Crappie Counts Chart
    Black

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  13. Largemouth Bass

  14. Largemouth Bass

    There is a 4.65% catch rate for Largemouth Bass, based on 2 Largemouth Bass counted.

    Bull Shoals Lake Largemouth Bass Counts Chart
    Largemouth

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  15. White Crappie

  16. White Crappie

    There is a 4.65% catch rate for White Crappie, based on 2 White Crappie counted.

    Bull Shoals Lake White Crappie Counts Chart
    White

    ENLARGE BULL SHOALS LAKE WHITE CRAPPIE COUNTS CHART


  17. Bluegill

  18. Bluegill

    There is a 2.33% catch rate for Bluegill, based on 1 Bluegill counted.

    Bull Shoals Lake Bluegill Counts Chart
    Bluegill

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  19. Brook Trout

  20. Brook Trout

    There is a 2.33% catch rate for Brook Trout, based on 1 Brook Trout counted.

    Bull Shoals Lake Brook Trout Counts Chart
    Brook

    ENLARGE BULL SHOALS LAKE BROOK TROUT COUNTS CHART


Recommendations above based on 20 species of fish and 43 fish counted for April around Bull Shoals Lake.

To date, there are 54 species of fish and a total of 704 fish counted for Bull Shoals Lake and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 11/29/1899 (125 years).

Last Update: 4/18/2024 2:01:02 PM

*** 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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The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Bull Shoals Lake are the following:

  1. Jimmie Creek Island
    Good ledge off the island here that goes down to the river channel. Good place to work for bass.


  2. Yocum Ledge
    Good ledge off the point with the river channel real close to this spot. Good place to work for bass.


  3. Walleye


  4. Sugarload Ledge
    This ledge runs out to the center here with a good drop to the river channel below. Work the ledge for bass.


  5. Gunnel Fork


  6. Deep Hump


  7. Big Creek


  8. Tie Chute Bluff


  9. Barren Fork


  10. Bronie Yurkonis Walk In Access


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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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