October Fishing Report

For complete report click on the October Fishing Report Tab above.

Crisp mornings, chili evenings, changing colors and aggressive fish.  This is some of what autumn’s bounty bestows upon us. Layer up and be prepared for warm afternoons.  Lower flows started this past Tuesday Sept 27 2011 after 4 months of flows in excess of 6 units or 20,000 plus CFS (cubic feet per second).  Our mornings are now starting with flows of under 3,000 CFS but are ramping up during the day to 4 or 5 units or 13,000 CFS.  These lower flows have made the Chernobyl Ant & Hopper action really turn on and perhaps like last year we will see this action into November if this weak generation continues. Drop by the shop in Bull Shoals as we have these in stock.  Tan, Black and Orange bottoms have been the best colors this week.

Fall also brings a movement in the fish from normal summer haunts to skinny gravel areas above shoals and in the shoals.  Brown trout stack up below the shoals in preparation for the annual spawn which starts down stream in October and works it’s way upstream ending at the dam generally in February but can go as late as March.  Our October Caddis hatch should start up around the middle of the month and an Arkansas bead head hares ear also now called a Sunday Special will be a great midge to be using.  Black dry caddis as well as the small tan ones could also heat up as the days go by especially if we see some no generation water.  Colder days in December & January should see some BWO’s.

One Reply to “October Fishing Report”

  1. Enjoyed the report. I’m heading that way at the end of October and am looking forward to giving some of your tailwaters a shot. I’ve heard about some of the big browns from some of our fishing guests here in Montana!

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