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


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


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


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


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



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Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Prediction

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. Atlantic Menhaden

  2. Atlantic Menhaden

    There is a 100% catch rate for Atlantic Menhaden, based on 1 Atlantic Menhaden counted.


Recommedations above based on 1 species of fish and 1 fish counted for May around Bull Shoals Lake.

To date, there are 9 species of fish and a total of 15 fish counted for Bull Shoals Lake and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

*** 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 1939..

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Latest Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Reports

  • odyssey: better late than never
    5/20/2022 8:40:00 AM - If there is one great certainty among the myriad questions in any All Species Odyssey its that you can’t win sitting on the couch _ and its a whole lot less fun. Find a team-m


  • Dally’s Fly Fishing Report: 5/20/22
    5/20/2022 8:26:00 AM - From unexpected rain showers to unscheduled water changes this week has been a prime example of Ozark unpredictability. The only thing for certain is that the brown trout are


  • Yeti: A thousand Casts Trailer
    5/19/2022 1:43:00 AM - I first heard of Bhutan in a fly fishing context as one of those far flung corners of the globe to which British colonialists brought a piece of england in the shape of salmo


  • In HonOR OF The Adams
    5/18/2022 8:31:00 AM - There are many places in the US with a rich history of fly fishing: the Catskills the Bitterroot and the waters around Grayling Michigan and all have flies borne from that tra


  • Wise Tying Tips: Dubbing Loops
    5/17/2022 7:01:00 AM - Our mate Brian Wise gives a solid grounding on the endless possibilities of dubbing loops in fly tying


  • oNLY 12 DAYS TILL F3T UNDER THE BRIDGE
    5/16/2022 8:15:00 AM - BUY A $15 ticket to the F3T Under The Bridge on May 28 and you could win a fly fishing guide trip for two with our own Steve Dally. For the price of the $15 ticket you get liv


  • Dally’s Fly FiShing Report 5/11/22
    5/11/2022 8:31:00 PM - This week has been a clash of fiberglass and brown trout. Needless to say wade fishermen probably received quite the show as we had our first bout of minimum flow for the year


  • JUMP ON YOUR F3T TICKETS NOW
    5/10/2022 9:06:00 PM - It’s a little more than two weeks until the F3T Under The Bridge Festival in Cotter AR and time to grab your tickets now. Pick up the tickets at Dally’s or other local vendors


  • Taming of La Riviera Blanche
    5/10/2022 9:00:00 AM - If you want a little history of the White River and its dam system check out this video from the USACE. It is Table Rock centric to those downstream but still interesting


  • odyssey early entry closes friday
    5/9/2022 9:15:00 AM - EARLY entries for the 2022 Dally’s All Species Odyssey close this Friday at 5pm. Early entries qualify for a exclusive Odyssey competitor shirt and hat. If you can’t pull the


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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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