Bull Shoals Lake

Bull Shoals is the last lake in the White River chain of lakes, located in southwest Missouri and north Arkansas. It’s known for its sprawling, clear waters, shear bluff banks and lack of development along its shores. Walleye and now stripers are the species most anglers go after, but its smallmouth and largemouth bass, as well as whites and crappie are in abundance, too. The lake holds several state record fish including walleye, striper and yellow perch.

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Caught a first, for me at least

Posted by Phil Lilley on February 27th, 2017


Started out targeting crappie and after 2 hours of fighting the wind in a 18 ft aluminum boat only had one keeper out of a couple dozen crappie.  Moved to boat dock that I had pulled a few keepers out of last week.  Pulled a few more shorties out of it but was surprised when I reeled in a yellow perch, my first.  Decided to switch to Bass mode shortly after that and focused on windy points and transition banks the wind was blowing into.  Beat the banks with cranks (wiggle warts) and ended up catching a dozen or so bass.  The 3 bigger ones went for a ride for the photo op with the yellow and then released all back at the ramp healthy.   read more…

President’s day with the short person

Posted by Phil Lilley on February 21st, 2017


The 9 year old didn’t have school today, so he came down with me, and caught himself a keeper smallmouth. It was his only fish that made it in the boat of the day, but it was a puller. I had 3 keeper smallies, 3 really fat 14″ spots, 2 keeper largemouth and a 19″ walleye, along with another 3-4 shorts of the various black bass flavors, in between helping the kiddo try to deal with the wind.  The walleye came on a jerkbait as I was making the last cast of day about 5pm. We hit the water about 9:30, and fished from Theodosia to Music.
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Bass Fishing Report 1/1/17

Posted by Phil Lilley on January 3rd, 2017


Got out to the Oakland Ramp with a buddy around 9:00 AM.  We fished some areas that I’d been fishing and then ran to some of my friends spots.  The bite was pretty good, and we landed 16 bass (8 Smallmouth, 6 Largemouth, 1 Spot, and 1 Meanmouth) and had 13 keepers.  read more…