Bull Shoals Lake


Posted by Phil Lilley on October 7th, 2011
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Bull Shoals begins where Taneycomo ends and flows southeastwardly from Forsyth into Arkansas. Bull Shoals Dam, the fifth largest concrete dam in the United States, is located about seven miles north of Cotter, Arkansas. The lake’s shoreline has stayed relatively undeveloped and features beautiful steep bluffs and rock ledges.

Its public accesses on the lake are far and few between which makes it less crowded than many lakes.  There’s only a couple of marinas on the Missouri upper lake, and these businesses cater to anglers only; thus, you don’t see many jet skies or speed boats on the lake.  It’s much more quiet than its neighbor Table Rock Lake.

How to catch Walleye on Bull Shoals

Map of Bull Shoals (Corp)

Park Facilities (Corp)


Boat Ramps

Twenty-two launch ramps provide access to those wishing to enjoy a day on the lake. Some ramps require a day-use fee including River Run, Beaver Creek, Buck Creek, Theodosia, Pontiac, Oakland/Ozark Isle, Lakeview, Dam Site, Highway 125, Lead Hill, and Tucker Hollow. On these ramps, users may pay a $3 daily fee or purchase a $30 annual pass. Free launching ramps are located at Hwy K, Welcome Ridge, Bull Shoals, Rancho Village/CR 15, CCC, Spring Creek, and Fairview access points.

State Record Fish on Bull Shoals:

  • Largemouth Bass – Thirteen pounds, 14 ounces, caught April 21, 1961, by  Marvin Russell Bushong  of Gainesville, MO.
  • Stripped Bass – Sixty pounds, nine ounces, caught June 18, 2011, by  James B. Cunningham of Fordland, MO.
  • Longnose Gar – Twenty-seven pounds even, caught May 17, 1999, Dale Davis of  Kirbyville, MO.
  • Yellow perch – One pound,  11 ounces, caught May 3, 2009, by  Vince G. Elfrink of Walnut Shade, MO.
  • Walleye – Twenty-0ne pounds, 1 ounce, caught March 26, 1988 by Gerry H. Partlow, Linncus, MO.

MDC Fish Habitat/Structure Interactive Map


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