Yet again, I am months behind on writing a recent fishing report. It has been a very busy year, with some incredible fishing, great water flows, and most notably, two new members to the Dixon family. Eleanor Rose and Ford Elliot were born on June 19, healthy and happy. Amanda and I are having the time of our lives and embracing the new twin parenthood. We have watched them grow, changed a few diapers, and lost just a little sleep. With that being said, becoming a father has put a lot of things into perspective for me. I have the fortune to do what I love and spend my work days on what I consider the best rivers in the country. Without all of my awesome customers, this simply would not be a reality, so from my family to yours, thank you.
Ok, enough sappy stuff, lets get down to the nitty gritty. The fishing has been so much fun the past several months, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. After some substantial spring and summer rains, out lakes filled up and we have had some great flows for the brown trout hunting.
The hopper fishing has been solid, with many a brown trout falling to the foam bug. The lakes are not projected to be near pool until the end of October, assuming no major rains. This is setting up to be a great fall. Bull Shoals is currently at 673.71 feet above sea level, just 12 ish feet above normal seasonal pool.Norfork, which has been fishing fantastic on the high water flows, is at 562.71, about 7 feet above seasonal pool. The Corps of Engineers tries to lower these lakes at the same rate, although they are much different sizes. Think of it in percentages, if the drop Bull Shoals lake 10%, they will attempt to drop Norfork 10% at the same rate. Hopefully this answers a few questions about why they do what they do. and how some of the flows change.
Fall dates are still available, but don’t wait until the weather cools off to start thinking about booking! Also, winter streamer fishing and shad kill dates are going like hot cakes, so please reach out to get a spot for the trophy brown trout madness!
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