White River Tailwater Conditions for the New Year

Happy New Year!

We’ve had mostly subfreezing temperatures since Christmas. Watch for ice around the boat ramps! River gauge on Crooked Creek has been frozen since New Year’s Eve. Weather should begin to moderate this coming week with some highs into the 40s and 50s.

White River Lake Levels are about where they should be at the start of a dry winter. If heavy rains hold off until April, we should have plenty of low water for caddis in March and early April.

                                      TOP                FEET ABOVE
                                      CONS.    PERCENT     NORMAL
     LAKE              DATE  ELEV     STORAGE  POOL
 Beaver Lake          6JAN18 1114.69  1120.43  83.2 CONS    -5.7
 Table Rock Lake      6JAN18  909.71   915.00  81.3 CONS    -5.3
 Bull Shoals Lake     6JAN18  659.00   695.0   81.3 CONS    -5.0
 Norfork Lake         6JAN18  553.75   580.0   83.0 CONS    -5.8
 Greers Ferry Lake    6JAN18  462.04   487.0   71.9 CONS    -6.8

Releases have been the expected high-peaking flows, early and late in the day from most of the powerhouses. Look for less generation on warmer, sunny days when the highs are into the upper 40s or 50s and morning lows are in the upper 20s or 30s. With lower releases look for some excellent nymphing and some midge fishing mid-day.

Water temperatures in the lakes are still in the upper 40s, so no imminent shad kill expected. It may take another prolonged subfreezing round or two of temperatures to drop the lake water temps low enough to see some shad kill.

Tailwater temperatures are now down into the upper 40s, which is great for the fishing. Dissolved oxygen levels in the tailwaters continue to improve. Only Greers Ferry is still a bit low. Beaver, Bull Shoals, and Norfork tailwaters DO is looking great.

Be safe on the water. Wear your PFD.

I look forward to fishing with you in 2018!

© 2018, Scott Branyan

About Scott Branyan

Scott Branyan, a native Arkansan, is a full-time fly-fishing guide.
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