Written by Scott on April 13th, 2017
The water has cleared up a lot in the past week. Lake level remains steady at about 3.5 ft below normal pool of 659.00 ft. Surface temp has finally went above the 60 degree mark resulting in some great fishing!
Water Level – 655.5 ft
Water Temp – 62 – 65 degrees
Water is clear
Black Bass – Good on a variety of small to medium plastics in the backs of coves. Also good on Wiggle Warts and Rock Crawlers on points and into coves. Spinner Bait working well on breezy days.
Crappie – Good on live minnows in the coves around bush piles. Swimming minnows also working good. Chartreuse seems to be the color right now. Crappie should be right on the banks in a week or two!!!
Walleye – Fair on small to medium crank baits. Should be in the 10 to 15 ft depths soon with the water temp rising. Also fair on silver or white spoons.
White Bass – Fair up the lake from K Dock around the Beaver Creek arm.
Written by Scott on April 1st, 2017
The lake has jumped about 3 ft with the recent rains. Limited debris, but a lot of color to the water today. Dark green to rust color. Good for bass fishing! Not going to be very detailed on this report, but wanted to focus on the crappie bite. Water temp is actually climbing to the 60 degree mark which should trigger a good bite with all species. Crappie are good, but not great. Live minnows and swimming minnows are really working in and around the brush piles in the coves! 60 to 65 degree surface temp should have them right on the banks of the coves! Tomorrows sun should result in some great crappie fishing in the afternoon! If your after bass, throw a small jig or small plastics on the points and high bluffs. Walleye should start hitting small to medium crank baits trolling both shallow and near the bluffs.
Water Level – 654.5 and rising (Normal pool is 659.00)
Water Temp – 55 to 59 degrees around K Dock
Water is Stained to Dark Green
Written by Scott on March 18th, 2017
Time to re-string the reels for Spring fishing on Bull Shoals Lake! The water level is down about 7 ft above normal this spring, around 651.7 ft. (Normal pool is 659 ft above sea level for the spring). Great water conditions right now! All species are good to fair after the cold snap we had last week. Surface temp around K Dock dropped about 5 degrees to around 50. This weekends temps should bring the fish up chasing shad in the shallows. White Bass are really starting to surface around the K Dock area! Crappie should start to hit soon. No big numbers yet, but that will change soon. Have seen a lot of 12 to 14 inch Crappie being caught in nearby coves! Boat ramp is accessible and courtesy dock is available, free of charge. Can’t wait to see all of you at the dock this weekend!
Water Level – 651.7 and rising
Water Temp – 50 – 53 degrees
Water is Clear to Stained
Black Bass – (Large mouth, Spotted Bass and Small Mouth) – Good to Fair on a Wide Variety of lures. The A-Rig is still a favorite with the water temps in the low 50’s. Many catching bass on small crank baits such as Wiggle Warts, Rock Crawlers and Bombers. Spinner Baits with small willow blades when windy. Small to medium Jigs 1/2 or smaller on the steep rock bluffs and points. And any type of Finesse plastics off the points and bluffs.
Crappie – Good to Fair on Swimming minnows on the sand flats and brush piles. Small plastics in the colors Pink and Chartreuse have really been working around brush piles in the nearby coves! But, Live Minnows and a bobber are perfect this time of year!
Walleye – Fair to Slow – Not a lot of reports coming in on Walleye trolling right now. Horrible weather conditions last week. Look for the shallow bite to start with the water temps coming up. Troll with small crank baits such as Hot n’ Tots or Flicker Shads around the 5 to 7 size. This time of year, you may troll to find large Walleye along the steep rock bluffs feeding on Crawdads after the spawn. Great time to hit a monster crappie while trolling with a small crank bait! Better reports of walleye coming in from Beaver Creek towards Powersite Damn area.
White Bass – Very Good – We finally have some shallow water to fish around K Dock!!! Tie on a Lipless Crank Bait and hit the flats! The Whites will be everywhere when we jump a few degrees in surface temp! Your choice of soft or hard bait is up to you when they start busting the surface!!!
If you have been on this lake in the past 10 years, you know that it’s been rare to see these lake conditions in the spring! If your new to the K Dock area, stop in the store on the weekend. Ill give you some tips on where to fish, whatever game fish your after! (Notice – Fishing Tips May Vary depending on the State your from. Ha!)
Written by Scott on December 3rd, 2016
Been away from the lake for a week or so, but have had some good reports from several anglers today. The water temp has dropped significantly in the past few weeks. However, the lake level has also been on the decline very rapidly. All species have improved, but not to the late fall bite that we expect for this time of the year. Crappie are really starting to hit in the coves around brush piles. Bass are going to be found on the points and steep bluffs using crank baits and Jigs. The lake has not turned over yet, (in my opinion), which will bring the fish up into their winter pattern. Need some input from my friends that are fishing for Walleye. Hope to get a good report from them tomorrow. Forecast is for rain and cold temps this weekend! Great time to fish for Walleye! I’ll try to get you guys and gals a more detailed report soon.
Water Level – 651.7 (7.2 ft below normal)
Water Temp – 52 to 54 degrees
Water is Stained
Written by Scott on October 28th, 2016
Ughhh. Not a great report this week. Very warm water temp has not helped the bite. About the same report as the last one I posted. Had 71 surface temp this afternoon at the dock. All species are slow. Great weekend temps for fishermen though!!! Still in shorts and a T-Shirt for Halloween weekend! Showing 83 to 85 degrees this weekend! Hit the lake early before the sun bakes the surface of the water. Fish slow and off the banks this weekend. Crappie and Walleye should start hitting soon when we get a cold snap. Live minnows on Crappie, Spoons on Walleye and small plastics on Bass. Good luck! Been getting some good reports on Catfish! They are feeding on live Bluegills, Night Crawlers and Crawdads.
Lake Level – 654.5 (Almost back to our old power pool of 654.00)
Water Temp – 68 to 71 degrees
Water is Clear to Stained
Written by Scott on October 12th, 2016
Well… my wife just found out how long its been since I have updated a fishing report on our web site. Needless to say, she was Not happy with me! I am not one to get on the computer much, but I will do better, I promise! Just want to give a quick thanks to everyone who came into K Dock and made 2016 one of our best years ever!!! Finally had great water conditions!
The lake has been dropping fast the past few weeks at about 1.5 to 2 inches per day. That will make the bite slower. Water temp has finally started to drop. That should trigger the fish to move up shallower and start feeding before winter. Table Rock Lake is 6.5 feet below normal, which means very minimal water is coming into Bull Shoals. Fishing is always better when we have a flow of water coming over Power Site Dam. All species are slow right now. That being said, here is what I have seen happening this week.
Water Temp – 70 to 74 degrees
Water Level – 656.3 and falling (Normal for Oct is 659.00)
Water is Stained
Black Bass – Good to Fair on Top Water baits early morning on the points. Buzz baits, Spooks and Whopper Ploppers working well! Heavy Jigs, Tube baits and Hard Heads with Green Pumpkin plastics working near the banks on the steep chunk rock bluffs. Also seeing bass being caught on Square Bill and Medium Crank baits off the bluffs. Spinner Bait working when we have windy conditions. (Caught some big Small Mouth this afternoon on a 3/4 oz, Peanut Butter and Jelly Jig about a mile from the dock!)
Crappie – Fair to Good on live minnows. This should get much better with the water temp dropping as more trees and brush piles appear in shallower water in the coves. Have seen good sized crappie the past few weeks, but no big limits yet. The front moving through tomorrow should bring on some good crappie fishing this weekend!
Walleye – Fair to Slow. Spoons in the 20 to 30 ft range with some short walleye starting to hit crank baits deep. Bottom Bouncing night crawlers in the deep cuts on the flats have also worked. This too will get better with the weather change and cooler water temps. We have been spoiled with too many Blue Bird days! Walleye like to feed in the overcast, cooler conditions!
Catfish – Good on live Bluegill. Seen some really good Flat Head on Trot Lines! Lets just hope the Gar go deep soon!
White Bass – Fair to Good. Seen several whites being caught by anglers while trolling. With the water level dropping, watch for the Whites chasing shad on the flats between K Dock and Beaver Creek! Keep a Rattle Trap handy!
Remember, we have minnows and night crawlers for sale through Dec! Thanks again for your business!!! (I hope this post will get me off the couch tonight!)
Written by Scott on August 22nd, 2016
Lake conditions have really changed in the last 7 days! The recent rains and cool nights have dropped the surface temps down about 10 degrees from last Saturday. Water is also stained making it great for bass fishing! The Walleye and crappie bite should get better now that we are reading water temps in the low 80’s instead of the middle 90’s. I have been seeing a lot of large catfish being caught on a variety of methods. Both Channel and Flat Head are starting to feed.
Water Level – 661.2
Water Temp – 82 degrees
Water is Stained
Black Bass – Good on Top water including Spooks, Ploppers and Buzz Baits. Also good on large plastic worms and jigs in 18 to 25 ft off of points and steep bluffs. Also good on large crank baits in the same range.
Walleye – Fair to Slow on bottom bouncing night crawlers in 30 + ft of water.
Crappie – Slow on live minnows in brush piles. Suspended in 20 ft. (Crappie should start to come up better later this week with the surface temp cooling down)
Written by Scott on July 12th, 2016
Lake conditions have pretty much remained the same the past few weeks. Despite all the rain and pop up thunderstorms, the water looks great! Good color with little to no debris. Fishing has slowed down for many anglers due to the extreme heat and humidity. But, still seeing a lot of big bass and walleye being caught! The boat launce has more parking available, but the lower road is still under water at the current level. Courtesy dock remains under water as well.
Water Level – 661.00
Water Temp – 85 to 88 degrees
Water is Stained
Black Bass – Good off of points and steep bluffs with a jig, Texas Rigged worm and large plastics. Also good on top water plugs early. Deep diving crank baits are also working for some.
Walleye – Good to Fair on medium to large crank baits trolling in 20 to 30 ft. Running baits around 12 to 18 ft range. Also good on dragging night crawlers. Also hitting white or silver 1/2 oz spoons off the points.
Crappie – Slow on live minnows due to the heat. Catching some in the 20 ft range around trees. Fair when trolling. Suspended in deeper water.
Written by Scott on June 30th, 2016
The fishing has been really good the past week! The milder weather has really improved the bite. The Corps has also decided to start dropping the lake level, which has improve the parking on the boat launch dramatically! Been seeing good size walleye coming in every day. The are really eating a Night Crawler! Also had some huge limits of bass on the Tues night tournament! Surface temps were in the low 90’s last week, so the crappie are deep and scattered. Some huge ones being caught on crank baits while trolling for walleye! Also seeing some good Flat Head Catfish being caught on trot lines on live bluegill. 8 to 15 ft range in the nearby coves.
Water Level – 661.1 and falling
Water Temp – 85 to 88 degrees
Water is Stained to Clear
Black Bass – Good on a variety of top water plugs. (The hot bait that is working right now is the Whopper Plopper made be River to Sea!) Also good on a 10″ Plum or Blue worm around structure and brush piles. Weedless plastics and jigs also working very well on banks with flooded brush.
Walleye – Good on dragging night crawlers on the flats and in front of coves. Also good on medium to large crank baits in 20 to 25 ft of water.
Crappie – Slow on live minnows. Fair when trolling small to medium crank baits. The surface temps have made the crappie go much deeper. Look for them suspended in 15 to 25 ft.
Catfish – Good. Flatheads good on Live baits such as bluegill on trot lines in coves. 10 to 18 ft range. Channel cats good on jug lines.
Written by Scott on June 18th, 2016
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The fishing has been a little tougher after this last week of extreme heat. The surface temp around our area is already at 88 degrees! Pretty hot for the middle of June! Start fishing your deeper summer patterns for Walleye and Crappie. Bass are still good on a variety of jigs and lures. Also, keep in mind that the boat launch at the end of K Hwy is almost completely under water. With the new seasonal pool now set at 662.00, our boat launch and access road is a thing of the past. Frustrating to think that fishermen and recreational boaters living in and visiting the Branson area will struggle to find an access onto Bull Shoals Lake. I’ll elaborate more on the reason why this has happened in another post.
Lake Level – 663.5
Lake Temp – 88 degrees!
Lake is Clear to Stained
Black Bass – Good on Top Water early mornings and evenings. Also good on Jigs, plastics in the brush and big worms.
Walleye – Fair on deep diving crank baits and bottom bouncing night crawlers.
Crappie – Slow to Fair on live minnows. 15 to 20 feet deep.