White River fishing report by Cotter Trout Dock
By Cotter Trout Dock
May 18, 2024
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Cotter, Arkansas -   Cotter Trout Dock (870-435-6525) said water releases from Bull Shoals Dam into the tailwater have been moderate/high over the past week. Bull Shoals Lake is continuing to rise, currently sitting at 665.65 feet msl. Water releases average three to five units (9,000 to 15,000 cfs). The Army Corps of Engineers is working to lower the lake level in the coming weeks, so stay informed about water releases from Bull Shoals Dam if you plan to be on the White.

“We’ve had a lot of success with various spoons this past week, especially the bronze Colorado quarter-ounce spoon. Rapala Countdowns are making a real splash both from the shore and casting from a drifting john boat. White-bellied baits are working best (rainbow or brown trout CD5, or the gold/black No. 5 or No. 7).

“The browns are consistent: still demanding sculpins and maybe some shad for dessert; still remaining near the bottom and center of the stream during high, high water days. When the water level is high, drop a line close to the water’s edge near grassy banks — the bite should be excellent since the trout are hanging out near fresh food sources.

“The weathermen promise warmer temperatures beginning Saturday. Remember to keep your baits and line clean of sunscreen; trout don’t like it. Sunscreen is a blessing when used on anglers but can sabotage your fishing day if mixed up with your tackle. We want you to be successful, safe and enjoy your time in The Natural State of Arkansas.”