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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Drifting and Wading Rim Shoals

Posted by John Berry on May 16th, 2014

John Blair behind 1st Island at Rim Shoals

Last week I had a two guide trip with my friend Dennis Schule. He is a retired police detective from Minnesota, who has substantial guiding experience both here and Montana. We are partners in a fairly new guide service, Blue Ribbon Guides. We worked together at Blue Ribbon Fly Shop and formed the guide service, when the shop closed a couple of years ago. The trip was to guide two couples. The husbands were accomplished anglers and the wives were fairly new to fly fishing. After studying the generator prediction and the real time flows from the Corps of Engineers, we decided to fish Rim Shoals. Dennis and I had done well there, with other clients, a few days earlier. read more…


Berry’s White River fishing report, May 16

Posted by John Berry on May 16th, 2014


During the past week, we have had a couple of rain events (for a total of less than three inches here in Cotter), cooler temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals rose two tenths of a foot to rest at one and five tenths feet above seasonal power pool of 662 feet. This is thirty five and five tenths feet below the top of flood pool.
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Berry’s White River fishing report, April 25

Posted by John Berry on April 25th, 2014


During the past week, we have had rain, warmer temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals remained steady at one tenth of a foot above seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is thirty five and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool.
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Observations on Minimum Flow

Posted by John Berry on March 29th, 2014

white river minimum flow

As many of you know, minimum flow has been implemented on the Norfork and Bull Shoals tailwaters. The overall concept was to increase the minimum flow of water that would be released from the dams. This would add a small amount of water to the outflows that would aid in navigation. More importantly it would increase the wetted area on our tailwaters, which would provide a bigger base for food production and increase our river’s fish holding capacity. read more…


Berry’s White River fishing report, March 28

Posted by John Berry on March 29th, 2014


During the past week, we have had rain, warmer temperatures and heavy winds (to include lake wind advisories). The lake level at Bull Shoals remained steady at one tenth of a foot above seasonal power pool of 659 feet. This is thirty five and nine tenths feet below the top of flood pool.
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