Written by Scott on May 30th, 2015
Bull Shoals is on a steady rise once again. Water release from Beaver and Table Rock lakes should keep the lake high for many weeks to come. Starting to see more debris floating, but overall, the lake is relatively clear today. The elevation of the lake has made for some very good bass and walleye fishing! Work the flooded brush with a spinner bait or top water. The boat launch is now 13 ft under water. Lets all pray for the rain to stop for a while.
Water Level – 673 and rising
Water Temp – 70 degrees
Water is Clear
Black Bass – Good on top water plugs and buzz baits. Also good on small to medium plastics and spinner baits. Work the flooded brush sides of the lake around K Dock.
Walleye – Good on trolling medium crank baits. Big numbers are coming in every day! Also catching walleye on white spinner baits along the bluffs and flooded brush. Also good on bottom bouncing night crawlers.
Crappie – Fair on live minnows and swimming minnows. More crappie being caught while trolling the main lake with small to medium crank baits.
Written by Scott on May 14th, 2015
The lake level is on a steady rise of about 1/2 a ft per day. Conditions are still good for fishing with the water almost 70 degrees. We also have good color and minimal debris as of today. Projected crest has now been set at 669 ft. on May 28th. That is based on no future rain fall which I’m sure will change with the weather forecasted for this weekend. Fish will have a lot more cover to hide in with the lake pushing into the shore line brush. Great for spinner bait fishing!
Water Level – 666.4 and Rising Fast
Water Temp – 67 to 70 degrees
Water Color – Stained to Clear
Black Bass – Good on weightless plastics and 1/2 oz jigs. Also good on spinner baits when wind is present. Try down the edge of the flooded brush lines. Bass are starting to stage off points and rock bluffs as well.
Walleye – Good on night crawlers off of the sand bars in shallow water. Also good on medium crank baits such as a Flicker Shad #7 in depths no more that 20 ft. Walleye are shallow right now. Also Good on a Rapala Shad Rap #7. Dark colors have been working better. (On Monday May 11th, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources released 229,000 Walleye, around 6″ in length, at the K Dock bend of the lake! Takes about 3 to 4 years to reach the legal length of 18″.)
Crappie – Fair on live minnows. Wish I could give a better report, but I think with the lake staying cool and the level dropping and rising so extreme, they have been forced to stay deeper. Should be catching them along the banks of the coves on swimming minnows right now.
Written by Scott on April 30th, 2015
Water Level – 667.6 and Dropping
Water Temp – 58 to 60 degrees
Water – Very Clear
Even with the drop in surface temp, the fishing has really improved since last weekend! Walleye are really starting to feed as well as the crappie. The bass are very shallow with the males working the nest sites. Haven’t seen any big females come off the beds yet, but this sun is helping warm the surface for them to spawn. Should be a great weekend for all species of fish!
Black Bass – Good to Fair on small plastics very close to the banks and in flooded brush. Also good on a spinner bait during windy conditions.
Walleye – Good on small to medium crank baits such as Hot n’ Tots or #7 Flicker Shads. Also Good on bottom bouncing night crawlers. Walleye are fairly shallow.
Crappie – Good to Fair on live minnows. Should start to hit them in shallow water in the coves on swimming minnows as the surface temp warms up this week.
Written by Scott on April 18th, 2015
Water Level 667.8 and rising
Water Temp 60 to 63 degrees
Water is Clear
The lake is slowly starting to warm now that Table Rock has reduced the amount of generation into Bull Shoals. Fishing has started to improve, by may take some much needed sunshine to really get these fish up on the banks.
Black Bass – Fair on small plastics and shaky head rigs in the coves. Surface debris making it hard to throw a crank bait or spinner bait around the K Dock area. Better bass reports have been south of the marina around the Bee Creek area. Had reports of some really good Small Mouth bass hitting on the points.
Crappie – Fair to Good on live minnows as well as swimming minnows. Really need some warmer water for the crappie to start spawning on the banks in the coves. For now, focus on trees and brush piles in the coves.
Walleye – Fair on medium crank baits and shiners. Better results from the Arkansas line back to Mincy Creek cove. Also fair on spoons, jigs and jerk baits.
White Bass – Good in the Beaver Creek arm. Small spinner baits, white rooster tails and 3″ swimming minnows.
Written by Scott on March 28th, 2015
Water Level 662.1 and rising
Water Temp 46 – 50
Water is very stained
If venturing out on the upper end of Bull Shoals, expect a heavy current from the water being released by Table Rock. The lake has been on a steady rise averaging almost 1 ft per day. Heavy debris in some places.
Black Bass species can be caught on chartreuse or white spinner baits in coves where the water transitions from muddy to clear.
All other species slow do to flooding conditions.
Written by Scott on March 20th, 2015
Water Level 658.4 (1/2 ft below normal)
Water Temp 48 – 50 degrees
Water is Stained
Black Bass – Good on A rigs, spinner baits and wiggle warts. Red craw crank baits down the rock banks and points are working well. Also, 3 to 5 inch grubs along the banks and points.
Crappie – Fair on live minnows. Also fair on swimming minnows around brush piles.
Walleye – Good to Fair on jerk baits, jigs and spoons near the drops of the river channel.
White Bass – Very Good in Beaver Creek and on the sand flats. Rattle Traps, small spinner baits and 3″ swimming minnows on 3 wire A rigs.
Written by Scott on December 20th, 2014
Water Level – 653.7 (5.3 ft below Dec power pool)
Water Temp – 48 degrees
Water is Stained
Black Bass – Good on Jerk baits, Swim Baits and A-Rigs with paddle tail swim baits.
Crappie – Good on live minnows around brush piles. Also good on 2″ swimming minnows on 1/16th oz heads. Also small tube baits in black and pearl.
Walleye – Fair on Jerk Baits, 1/2 oz Marabou Jigs and Spoons. Work the sand flats and soft bottom drops. Also fair on bottom bouncing night crawlers and pearl crank baits.
Written by Scott on November 20th, 2014
Crappie have been very good! Live minnows have been the key in 8 to 15 ft. Work brush piles and trees along banks and coves.
I’ll give a more detailed report on Bass and Walleye this Friday. Finally seeing huge schools of shad outside of the dock! I will try to pry some fishing reports out of my regular fishermen and women this weekend!
K Dock has a huge stock of live minnows on hand! See you this weekend! We will be open Fri, Sat and Sun!
Written by Scott on September 25th, 2014
Well its been almost the same conditions for the past couple of months. Not much new to report I’m sorry to say. Still very clear conditions and warm water. Fishing on this end of the lake is always better when Table Rock Lake is generating water. Unfortunately, that has not been the case for several months now. With that being said, we are still seeing some great bass and crappie coming in every week!
Water Level – 655.5 (Down 6.5 feet below power pool)
Water Temp – 78 degrees
Water is Clear
Black Bass – Good on Football Jigs, brown or peanut butter & jelly colors off the steep bluffs. Also good on a variety of Texas rigged worms as well as shaky head rigs. Also Top water baits in the early mornings and evenings.
Crappie – Good on live minnow under and around dense cover. Find the shade and you will find the crappie. Stay out of the clear, sun lit water. Also good on “clear & glitter” swimming minnows.
Walleye – Fair to Slow on night crawlers and 1/2 oz spoons. Also fair on large crank baits off the channel drops.
Written by Scott on August 15th, 2014
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Lake conditions have remained unchanged for most of the summer. Still very clear and mild with water temps only in low to mid 80′s. Fishing has been much slower than previous years in July and Aug mainly due to the abundance of shad, minnows and crystal clear water. We are however seeing the resourceful and determined fishermen still finding some good numbers of fish.
Water Level – 658.50 (Normal is 661.00)
Water Temp – 83 – 85 degrees
Water is Clear
Black Bass – Fair to Good on Jigs, top water lures and 10″ plastic worms. Also using shaky head rigs and small crank baits off the points and shallow structure. We have seen several 5 to 6 lb bass come in this year. Also, key in on the Bluegill. The monster bass and walleye are feeding on the huge number of bluegill that now populate the lake. (Some people also refer to these fish as Perch or Brim).
Walleye – Fair on bottom bouncing night crawlers. Also fair when using large crank baits off the sand drops. Colors to try are firetiger and chrome & purple. Best numbers are still coming in from the Arkansas line up to Mincey creek.
Crappie – Fair to Good on live minnows around heavy structure and private docks. These fish are going to find the shade with the sunny days and ultra clear water. Don’t expect them to be on the banks of coves right now. Decent numbers also being caught on “smoke & glitter” swimming minnows. Also, try an 1/8th oz spoon when you find suspended fish.