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Babin’s October Newsletter

Posted by Larry Babin on October 18th, 2012
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Fall in the Ozarks has to be the most beautiful season although each has advantages. The leaves are changing, the temperatures are falling, and the bite is heating up.

October is unique for a number of reasons. Primarily this month is the beginning of the brown trout spawn which causes these fish to put on weight more consistently, including during the daylight hours, in anticipation of the enormous effort required to produce a successful spawn. In addition, the primary location albeit not the only one, for spawning beds is in the catch and release trophy zone below Bull Shoals Dam. This zone is closed from November 1st – February 1st to protect this process and ensure that these fish are unmolested during this vital time. The regulation change to our brown trout that took place two years ago allowing (1) brown over 16″ to (1) brown over 24″ has resulted in many more fish to thrive in the 18″ – 22″ range. Fishing will continue to produce fantastic fish during these Fall and Winter seasons.

Flows on both tailwaters remain low (+/- 1,000 cfs average) as both lakes are 7′-8’+ below power pool. Therefore, wadable water is usually an option over the course of the day. Although we’ve experienced some significant rain events recently, the lake levels were unaffected as these were not nearly enough to have a big effect on the lake levels.

Generation on the White continues to yo-yo which requires a meticulously planned day on the river. This may require fishing up river in the am and down river in the pm… or vice versa. Fish move more often this time of year so taking this approach is quite productive.

For those interested in an incredible fall season of fly fishing for trophy browns, look no further than the White River & Norfork Tailwater. Be sure to give me a call or email @ 870.321.2792 or larry@hogsonthefly.com whether planning a guide trip or simply planning a vacation! I’d be happy to point you in the right direction!


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