White River

When one thinks of the White River, several things come to mind -- world famous trout fishing, magnificent bluffs and cold, clear water, ideal riffles and shoals full of rainbows, browns, cutthroat and brook trout plus all the folklore that goes along with its Ozarks Region. Fly fishers and spin fishers alike anticipate traveling to its waters each year in hopes of hooking a trophy brown trout. Some areas, like Wildcats Shoals, are almost impassible. This is a major reason why there are so many fishing guides on the White River.

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Jigfest 2016

Posted by Phil Lilley on December 4th, 2016


Jigfest is an annual fishing event attended by Ozarkangler Forum members on the White River. We generally pick on of the first couple of weekends in December and meet at Riley’s Station at Buffalo City, Ar. on the White River. read more…

White River Report 10/13 and 10/14

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 17th, 2016


Got home after work last Thursday and decided to head over to the White to mess around for a couple of hours off the bank, even though they were generating water around 12,000 cfs…  Found a current break and caught a few Rainbow Trout and White Bass on 1/16 zig jigs.  I threw a 1/8 ounce zig jig and a jerkbait for a while, but they seemed to favor the 1/16 ounce jig.      After the bite in the first spot slowed, I walked upstream and found another current break and cast right behind the break.  I started to pump my rod, and it doubled over.  The fish pulled 30 yards of line off my reel and then jumped out of the water. It was a good Brown. It made some more runs downstream, and I had to chase it a ways before I landed it.  It measured 24.75 ” and had me pretty nervous in that flow with 4 lb test.  Got my shoes soaked, but it was worth it. read more…

Low Water Kayak Trip 7/17/16

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 18th, 2016

Up and at it early putting in sweat equity at the Bluff lot. Drag limbs, weed eat, mow, repeat. Many sweat hours later, Come home load yak and hit the river. I knew it was supposed to be LOW water when I got there and I thought higher water would reach me about 6 PM. I spent a little time gather up my fly rod and the gear I would need with it. I also threw in a spinning rod and my 1/16 oz Zig Jigs just in case. read more…

White River Trip Report 7-6-2016

Posted by Phil Lilley on July 7th, 2016

Fished the White with Stein and his buddy Dave yesterday. We split the day with the morning in my trout boat and the afternoon in kayaks. read more…

Clay Goforth, White River Report, June 26-27

Posted by Phil Lilley on June 30th, 2015



Two weekends in a row spent on the White River is almost too good to be true.  I went last weekend with my Dad for Father’s Day and then back over this weekend with some buddies for some R&R.  There have been a couple of other reports already and you can see from those that it was a pretty good weekend. I’ll say that this river is fishing better than I have seen it in a long time, producing large numbers and consistently dishing out 20″+ fish.  There were six of us on the trip in 2 boats.  We stayed at Rim Shoals with Gary and Paula Flippin, who are always ALWAYS so friendly and take care of everything you need. read more…