The White River is world-renowned for some of the finest trout fishing anywhere… It is home to 4 species of trout; Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout and Brook Trout, which were introduced in the late 1950's by AGFC after construction of the dams.
The White River is stocked with trout by the AGFC Commission, putting nearly 1.5 million Rainbow trout in the river each year, in addition to fingerling stockings of Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout and Brook trout. Even our newly stocked Rainbow trout are larger than fully grown trout you'd find in many other areas, ranging from 11 - 14 inches and 1 to 2 lb. in weight. Trophy Brown trout often range in size from 5 to 20 lbs., with the largest Brown Trout caught by one of our guests weighing in at 36 inches, 24 in. girth, and 32 lbs – we call her Big Bertha.
His Place Resort is located 15 miles down from the Bull Shoals Dam, 3 miles above the Cotter access, boasting private access on a very productive stretch of the White River. Trophy Brown Trout are frequently caught right here by the resort, so you don't have to go anywhere to be right in the middle of some of the best Arkansas trout fishing the White River has to offer.
Being on the White River closer to the Bull Shoals Dam has distinct advantages for trout fishing,
Since we are 11 miles up river from Crooked Creek, and 17 miles up
river from the Buffalo River, (larger, un-dammed warm water streams that
enter the White River) our water typically stays cleaner and colder, providing a superior overall environment
for trout fishing.
Being on the White River closer to the Bull Shoals Dam has distinct advantages for trout fishing, too. Since we are 11 miles up river from Crooked Creek, and 17 miles up river from the Buffalo River, (larger, un-dammed warm water streams that enter the White River) our water typically stays cleaner and colder, providing a superior overall environment for trout fishing.
We also have one of the best wade access spots on the White River when dam generation is low. On low water, our area is difficult to access from public ramps, keeping the traffic down. Additionally, river access by land through the resort is not granted to the public. Unlike public access areas, or places close to them, you are far more less likely to have fisherman trampling all over you, providing a better trout fishing experience.
On the left, we have a great kid who realizes the importance of releasing trophy trout, and is showing you the correct way to revive a trout. On the right, well, what can I say? That Brown Trout is just nice... :-)
Now, everyone wants to know… “When is the best time to come trout fishing on the White River?” So, let me give some insights on the issue…
The first thing to note here is that the White River has the advantage of being a tail
water system; simply put, we are on a river whose levels are
controlled by dams. Therefore, the White River is not
like a natural stream that flows well in the spring and is all dried
up by fall; overall, we have much more consistent flows than un-dammed
rivers, even though the water levels change often based on flood
control or power generation issues. (More on that topic on the
River Info page…) With the eventual implementation of minimum flow
(designed to eliminate extremely low water conditions), things will be
even better for the White River.
the White River.
Further, trout fishing on the White River is less affected by seasonal changes, weather, or even the time of day. For example, trout fishing is likely to be as good in the morning as in the afternoon. Storm fronts/changes in barometric pressure, sunlight, clouds, etc., do not adversely affect trout fishing much, especially when compared to warm-water fishing in lakes. Bottom line, trout have to fight current to a greater or lesser degree 24/7/365. Trout expend energy regardless of changing conditions, and they’re not going to go too long without eating!
We have no closed seasons for trout fishing except on very small stretches up by the dam during spawning time in the winter. The White River typically stays between 48 – 52 degrees as it is fed from the bottom of Bull Shoals Lake, where it's cold. Our seasons in the Ozark mountains are considered mild, especially when compared to northern states.
Some people like to visit in the winter, when there is much less traffic. Late winter is when we often have a “Shad Kill”, which tends to really get the trout feeding. Threadfin shad in Bull Shoals Lake swim deeper in search of warm water as the lake grows colder, and are eventually sucked through the turbines at Bull Shoals Dam and enter the White River, providing a feast for the trout.
Many folks prefer to do their trout fishing in the spring time, as it’s still typically a little less crowded, but the weather is nicer. The trout are still biting really well, and the stocking programs are in full force, either stocking trout by raft or right here at the resort’s stocking tube, on a 2-week cycle.
Summer is, of course, the most popular time for folks to do their trout fishin'. Larger family groups are drawn together for vacation activities while the kids are out of school, and yes, we still have great fishing…
And others like the fall the best… The kids are back in school, the weather’s cooler, the crowds are getting a little smaller, you can witness the beautiful Ozarks fall foliage, and once again the trout fishing is still great! We’re very spoiled here!
If you look at the pictures in the Fishing & Fun photo gallery, you’ll see people with great trout dressed in everything from T-shirts & shorts to full winter gear… To sum it up, White River trout fishing is good all year ‘round, so it’s really up to you to decide what suits you best.
Whenever you decide to visit, whether you spin fish or fly fish, wade fish or boat fish, want a guide or prefer to do your trout fishing on your own, we are ready to help you get the most out of your visit! Just come on in to our fully stocked Fly & Tackle Shop, and we can give you information on current flow patterns and advice on what they’re hittin’ on! We also have rods & reels, spin & fly, for rent or for sale, waders, lures, live bait – you name it – we’re here to make sure you catch some trout!