Fishing Report Sept 20th, 2017

Written by Scott on September 20th, 2017

Lake is almost back to seasonal pool of 661 to 659.  The boat launch is now being used by a small number of people with access from the top of the bluff on Warren Rd and Parksley Ln.  Still dropping 5 to 6 inches per day, but Army Corps predicts being at conservation pool next Sunday the 24th.  All species are still very slow.  Can’t wait for next week when the lake conditions should get back to normal!  Walleye, Bass and Crappie can get back into normal pre-fall patterns.

Water Level – 662.8 and falling

Water Temp – 76 to 78 degrees

Water is stained

Fishing Report Aug 18th, 2017

Written by Scott on August 18th, 2017

The lake is continuing to drop about 4 to 5 inches per day.  This has had a big impact on the number of fish being caught right now.  Fish do not react well to extreme changes in water level.  Water color and temp are great, just a slow bite for all species.  Live bait working the best right now.  Hope to get a better report from some of our anglers after this weekend.  

Water Level – 678.9 and falling (20 ft above normal)

Water Temp – 80 to 82 degrees

Water is Clear to Stained


Fishing Report Aug 4th, 2017

Written by Scott on August 4th, 2017

The lake is finally on a steady drop of about 4″ per day.  The recent rains have helped cool the surface temp, making for some much better fishing conditions.  Most species are still hanging deep though.  Early morning has produced some decent top water bites this past week!  Should see the walleye bite get better with these temps cooling off.  Hope to get back to levels where anglers can bottom bounce night crawlers again! 

Water Level – 683.8 and falling  (Normal is 660.00)

Water Temp – 83 to 86 degrees

Water is Clear 

Black Bass – Good to Fair on heavy jigs, big plastic Plum worms and a variety of plastic Craws and Creature baits.  Also hitting on large crank baits off the points.  Try top water very early morning.  Spook or Whopper Plopper.

Walleye – Fair to Slow on medium to large crank baits.  Try trolling a deep diving crank bait that will go down around 20 to 25 ft!  If you graph them deep, drop a 3/4 oz silver or white spoon.

Crappie – Fair to slow on live minnows.

Blue Gill – Good on worms in the coves.  Small hook and a bobber!

Fishing Report July 20th, 2017

Written by Scott on July 20th, 2017

The lake is slowly starting to drop, but the surface temp is really going up!  Seeing most people fishing early and late evening to avoid the heat.  Not a lot of trolling right now.  All species are slow due to high water and temperature.

Water Level – 687.00 and falling  (27 ft above normal)

Water Temp is 88 to 92 degrees

Water is Clear

Fishing Report June 29th, 2017

Written by Scott on June 29th, 2017

Well… I have been a little preoccupied with the devastating flood that hit us at the end of April.  Sorry so long to post a report, but have been very busy trying to straighten the Marina out.  However, things are looking up!  The lake is still very high, but in perfect fishing and boating conditions this week!  Here is what I have been hearing from the fishermen and women the past two weeks:

Water Level – 688.7 (29 feet above normal)

Water Temp – 83 to 86

Water is Clear to Stained

Black Bass (Large Mouth, Small Mouth & Spotted Bass)  Good on big 10″ Plum colored plastic worms off of flooded road beds.  Also good on 1/2 oz jigs in 10 to 20 ft off of flooded flats and points.  Crank baits also good off of points and rocky bluffs.  Top water bite is good to fair in flooded brush.  Try a weed less frog.

Walleye – Good to Fair on night crawlers on flooded flats.  Medium size crank baits also working along the points and bluffs trolling.  Many being caught still shallow in 6 to 15 ft.  But, look for suspended walleye in 20 to 30 ft on your graph.  Drop a white or silver 1/2 oz spoon if you get on top of them!

Crappie – Slow due to high water.  Swimming minnows or live minnows around flooded trees.

White Bass – Slow due to high water.

Cat Fish – Good to Fair on Trot lines.  Also night crawlers in the entrance to coves.

Blue Gill – Very Good on Crickets about anywhere!  Also a great time to rig the kids up with a worm and a bobber in any cove!



Fishing Report April 13th, 2017

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.

Fishing Report March 31, 2017

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

Fishing Report March 17th, 2017

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!)

Fishing Report Dec 2nd, 2016

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

Fishing Report Oct 27th, 2016

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

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