published February 21, 2009 by Ben Adams

Bull Shoals: Catching the Shad Kills

Arkansas Outdoors Online is pleased to welcome the weekly column of fly fishing guide John Berry of Berry Brother Guides in Cotter, Arkansas. John has been fly fishing the streams of North Central Arkansas for almost three decades and is a major authority when it comes to popular trout hotspots including the White River and Norfork Tailwaters.

The shad kill is is a natural phenomenon that usually occurs every winter. Threadfin shad are drawn through the generators on the dam and are released into the river below. The conditions have to be just right. The water temperature must be a chilly forty two degrees and there must be high levels of generation. Though it occurs on the Norfork River, it is more identified with the White River below Bull Shoals Dam.

The Catch and Release section below Bull Shoals Dam has just reopened following the brown trout spawn. This creates an incredible fishing situation, large numbers of hungry fish coupled with a high protein food source.

Read the rest of John’s column inside the Arkansas Fishing Forum.


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