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Can’t say there has been a shad kill but I can say that yesterday morning Derek and his father Bruce caught fish on floating shad patterns in the morning. It’s also nice to be able to use a dropper when doing this as it increases the catch rate. The C&R fished extremely well yesterday with only one or two short lulls in the action. When the surface action played out eggs as well as SJ Worms in wine and red produced well for us along with the anvil egg. Our largest fish of the day was actually a rainbow at 18 inches. After the water dropped down from 7 units to 4 units fishing got even better. I guess they liked the slower flows yesterday. It got a little croweded early and by the afternoon there were only a couple of FF guides left and two private boats. It started out a little foggy in the morning with some cloud cover which lifted just before noon. The C&R area is loaded with still spawning brown trout.
Bull Shoals dam is scheduled to run 4 units and the fork 1 but currently there are 6 units on and the Norfork is shut down. The lake level at Bull Shoals is 654.76
Because fish were taking floating shad patterns this leads me to believe that a few shad may be coming through during the night. This is not uncommon and it happened last year when I found lots of shad on the bank at the state park.
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