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Great Catching-February Brings a Shad Kill

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Earlier in the month some shad came through the dam then quit.  Last week shad started coming through again.  Mostly in short burst and not always floating to the surface but from time to time they did.  This event sure makes for some great fishing as you can see below.  The fish on the upper end of the river are getting fat like footballs.  The downside to a shad kill is that too many shad will come through and the fish will gorge themselves and stop feeding.  In this case we simply move further down stream.  For more information read this article Shad Kill Article

Sean from Little Rock has one big smile on his face after he hooked and landed this 27 1/4 inch brown trout.  His buddy Eric below hooked and landed this fish shortly after.

Eric with his fish.

On Wednesday Mike “maddog” Davis hooked and landed this fish.  26 3/4 inches.  Mike has been fishing with me for a decade.

Below is James Albert of Monroe La with the fish he caught on Thursday.  James is an exceptional fisherman and can cast anything one puts on the end of a fly line including some pretty big streamers.

This short video below shows the gulls looking and diving for thread fin shad to eat.

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On Thursday the spillway or flood gates were shut down and the Conduit gates were open. These gates are underneath the settling pool.  I’m not sure but I think there are 4 of them and it looked like there was one on and to the left it looks as though there is another one on but not open very much.  A total of 30,000 CFS or roughly 9 to 9 1/2 full generators. Some boat ramps at this time are not very boat launching friendly such as the ones at the State Park and the ones at Wildcat Shoals and White Hole.

This image below is of a thread fin shad I netted out of the river on Wednesday.  Fish fattening food for our trout.  On the previous post you will find an image of some of the shad patterns we use.

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Generation Changes~Fishing~Super Weather

Seen here is Chris K. from Charlotte NC

The lake finally hit the normal pool elevation of 654 feet on Saturday.  Generation however changed a bit even before it hit that level with some much weaker generation during the evening and into the morning with water flows increasing around noon to 5 units or up to 12,000 CFS.  So the new pattern seems to be some lower generation in the AM with more as the day warms up.  We’ll see if it continues as cooler weather arrives.  This guide has pretty much been fishing every day up until today so if you were wondering where Jim’s reports were I just didn’t have any time to put one together until today.  The catching has slowed a bit for the upper end of the river and of course we have just gone through another full moon phase which pretty much slows down the catching for a day or two. With  generation change and lower flows various types of hoppers and ants have been garnering some strikes and hook ups on the upper end of the river and some of the brown trout are coloring up and looking handsome. Midges are starting to become a bit more productive and of course SJ Worms are the White River Staple. Below are a few pictures of some of the folks who have fished with me so far this month.  November has open days so if you are on the prowl for some good fish call 870-404-8906 and book your fishing adventure today.

Check out the fly shop page.  Lots of Tiemco hooks arriving this week.  Tungsten Beads are all in stock in all sizes and colors.

A bit of a run in with a deer brought this chopper close to the river which landed on the first fairway of the golf course.

Fellow guide Ron has been and will be a big help with multiple boat trips this month.  Some photos provided by Ron.

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Stay Fishy My Friends.

Jimmy T.