The trout catches have been fair to good. The river level is high, as generators are running in the morning and shutting off in the afternoon. John Berry of Berry Brothers Guide Service in Cotter (870-435-2169) said that during the past week, Cotter had several rain events totaling at least 3 inches with more expected over the weekend, after this report was filed. Also, they had warmer temperatures and heavy winds.
The lake level at Bull Shoals rose 2.6 feet to rest 4 feet below seasonal power pool of 659 feet MSL. This is 40 feet below the top of the flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock rose 1.3 feet to rest at 5.3 feet below seasonal power pool and 21.3 feet below the top of flood pool. Beaver Lake rose 3.1 feet to rest at 4.4 feet below seasonal power pool and 14 feet below the top of flood pool. The White saw more wadable water with less generation. On the White, the hot spot has been Rim Shoals. The hot flies were olive Woolly Buggers (sizes 8, 10), Y2Ks (sizes 14, 12), prince nymphs (size 14), zebra midges (black with silver wire and silver bead or red with silver wire and silver bead sizes 16, 18), pheasant tails (size 14), ruby midges (size 18), root beer midges (size 18), pink and cerise San Juan worms (size 10), and sowbugs (size 16). Double-fly nymph rigs have been very effective (John’s current favorite is a size 10 Y2K with a size 14 ruby midge suspended below it). Use lead to get your flies down.