Special Notes

I'm looking forward to fishing in 2018. I should get out on the water some in February before the spring guiding season starts in March. Look for some reports then and updates on shad kill in the lakes.

I backpacked a short 16 mile section of the Quachita Trail after Christmas. It was cold but not like last week!

New trout fishing regulations are in effect for Bull Shoals and Norfork tailwaters.


Ozark Fly Flinger

Fishing Reports and Water Conditions

For Tuesday, January 23, 2018

National Weather Service Forecast for Rogers, AR

National Weather Service Forecast for Mountain Home, AR

Reader assumes all risk and responsibility. Warning—these are tailwaters that have widely fluctuating levels and currents. Please make yourself aware of the safety concerns involved in fishing or boating in these waters. Don't become a statistic.

Scott's Fly-fishing Forecast

Last Update 1/15/2018

Weather - A snowy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is forecast across northern Arkansas. Things turn frigid for Monday night and Tuesday with below zero wind chills. Warmer weather is expected by the end of the week. Stay warm and enjoy!

Low Dissolved Oxygen - Low DO season is over as of January 8. All powerhouses have had vents on the turbines closed.

Generation - Look for heavy generation early in the morning and again late in the day during cold snaps.

General Hatch Info - Scuds, sowbugs, midges rule through the winter months until March caddis begin to appear.

Flies to Try - Good nymph fishing has returned with lower flows. The usual pheasant tail nymphs, hare's ears, Prince nymphs, and zebra midges are always good to try. Streamer fishing with small tackle is also very productive. White patterns under morning generation are beginning to work well.

Beaver Tailwater - Look for early morning and/or late afternoon generation during the week with less generation on the weekends and warmer days.

Table Rock Tailwater - Look for early morning and/or late afternoon generation during the week with less generation on the weekends and warmer days.

Bull Shoals Tailwater - Look for early morning and/or late afternoon peaks in generation during the week with less generation on the weekends and warmer days.

Norfork Tailwater - Look for early morning and/or late afternoon generation during the week with less generation on the weekends and warmer days.

Greers Ferry Tailwater - Look for early morning and/or late afternoon generation during the week with less generation on the weekends and warmer days.




Click Here For Beaver Reservoir Realtime Data

Beaver Tailwater - (Click image for realtime data. Click here for explanation.)

Beaver Dam has two generating units. Normal flows can range daily from 20 CFS at low water to over 8,800 CFS with both units in full operation. The current flow status of Beaver Tailwater can be obtained by calling (417) 336-5083.

Old River Gauge (Picture)




Click Here For Table Rock Reservoir Realtime Data

Table Rock Tailwater (Lake Taneycomo) - (Click image for realtime data. Click here for explanation.)

Table Rock Dam has four generating units. Normal flows can range daily from 40 CFS at low water to 15,100 CFS at full discharge. The current flow status of Table Rock Tailwater (Lake Taneycomo) can be obtained by calling (417) 336-5083.




Click Here For Bull Shoals Reservoir Realtime Data

Bull Shoals Tailwater - (Click image for realtime data. Click here for explanation.)

Because of the length of this tailwater and the delay of tailout and rising water downstream, wade fishers should call the current status number periodically to know when generation has started and how many units have been brought on-line. Be aware of changing water conditions. Bull Shoals Dam has eight generating units, and flows can range daily from 50 CFS at low water to 26,400 CFS with all eight units running. The current flow status of Bull Shoals Tailwater can be obtained by calling (870) 431-5311.

Estimated Flow Times by Location




Click Here For Norfork Reservoir Realtime Data

Norfork Tailwater - (Click image for real time data. Click here for explanation.)

Norfork Dam has two generating units. Normal flows can range daily from 20 CFS at low water to 7,200 CFS at full discharge. The current flow status of Norfork Tailwater can be obtained by calling (870) 431-5311.

Watch Norfork Lake Turnover




Click Here For Greer's Ferry Reservoir Realtime Data

Greers Ferry Tailwater (Little Red River) - (Click image for realtime data. Click here for explanation.)

Greers Ferry Dam has two generating units. Normal flows can range daily from 20 CFS at low water to 7,900 CFS at full discharge. The current flow status of Greers Ferry Tailwater can be obtained by calling (417) 336-5083 or (501) 362-5150.


Quick Water Links

Water Resource Information for White River Tailwaters and Related Streams

See the "Links" button on the menu at the top for my complete links listing.

Southwestern Power Administration

SWPA posts estimated power generation schedules for Beaver, Table Rock, Bull Shoals, Norfork, and Greers Ferry dams.

US Army Corps of Engineers - Little Rock District

USACE Water Management Page provides access to current conditions, realtime data, daily lake and river reports and forecasts below all the White River system dams.

RiverGages.com

This is the USACE mirror site for stream flow and lake level data. For Arkansas data, choose "Little Rock District," and then "White River Basin." It is often available when the district website is down.

USGS Hydrographs for Calico Rock

These USGS hydrographs gives flow and stage levels of the White River at Calico Rock (sixty-two miles below Bull Shoals dam).

USGS Hydrographs for King's River

USGS Hydrographs for Crooked Creek

USGS Hydrographs for Buffalo River at St. Joe

USGS Hydrographs for White River at Newport

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