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Old 07-13-2019, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default White River Arkansas fishing???

Looking to do a trip up to the White, or if suggested, another good trout river in Arkansas with my Dad and brother. I will soon have a jet outboard on my boat and have thought about trying a DIY trip as that seems to be what everyone uses up there and seem to do well. Anyone have in insight on where to go and access areas? I've always heard of Gaston's, but have never been up there. Also, what is the best time of year to go up to that area? Have 20 yrs of experience going to Colorado fishing, so not new to trout and how to catch them, just never tried them in Arkansas..... TIA
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Old 07-13-2019, 05:45 PM   #2
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Gaston’s all the way! Don’t bother hauling your boat, they have boats there to use if you are staying with them. Excellent water front restaurant that will clean and cook your catch for dinner. If you have never been to the White before, I really recommend staying at Gaston’s at least your first trip. We fly in 5-6 times a year sometimes just for dinner and a scenic flight
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Old 07-13-2019, 05:50 PM   #3
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It's a great area and nice place to fish.

Atthewall and Uncle Saggy off here are actually there fishing right now. Might check with them in a couple days and get a report.
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Old 07-13-2019, 05:53 PM   #4
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Old 07-13-2019, 06:14 PM   #5
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Rainbow Drive Lodge in Cotter is awesome

We are here and doing pretty good. The cabins and accommodations are as good if not better than the fishing
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Old 07-13-2019, 08:48 PM   #6
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Where's the pics?? Is atthewall sick?? He should have 100 awesome trout pics by now!!


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Old 07-13-2019, 08:56 PM   #7
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Gastonís all the way! Donít bother hauling your boat, they have boats there to use if you are staying with them. Excellent water front restaurant that will clean and cook your catch for dinner. If you have never been to the White before, I really recommend staying at Gastonís at least your first trip. We fly in 5-6 times a year sometimes just for dinner and a scenic flight
Ditto on Gastons. Only been there once but it was great
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We're going in 2 weeks and have a house rented on the river just below cotter.

Several years ago we slammed the rainbows floating and then casted for browns. Were gonna hook up with the same guide for a day and kayak the rest


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Old 07-14-2019, 04:16 AM   #9
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Love the White. I stay at a place in Bull Shoals right near the state park called Copper Johns. It is actually right down the road from Gastons. Nice cabins, less than $60 per day for the smaller ones right on the river, and if you pay for 3 days the 4th is free.

It is less than 3 minutes away from the state park which has 2 launches on the river, if you take your boat. There is also a fly shop on the grounds of CJ.

In full disclosure on the cabins, they are not like a hotel/motel in that there is no restrooms in the smaller ones. But they do have a common restroom/shower area at the top of the hill, along with a full kitchen, grills, smokers and a fryer if you want to cook your own food. All they ask if for you to clean up after yourself. And when I say cabins on the river, I literally mean on the river. The 2 at the bottom of the hill are about 9 steps from the water.

I took my wife there in March and she seems to really enjoy it. It is also about 25 minutes away from the Norfolk river and fish hatchery. I highly recommend going there and checking out Dry Run Creek. There is also a state parka area with a boat launch. And the Norfolk has one of the highest trout densities per mile of any river in the US.

I haven't been to any other place along the White, so I cannot compare for you, but for me I really like waking up, throwing on my waders and less than a minute later being belly deep throwing for those world famous Browns!

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Old 07-14-2019, 05:54 AM   #10
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Rainbow drive resort was great.
They have a tackle shop, boat rentals, and grill's at the cabin. Just don't need much else.

Drift some powerbait to quickly catch lunch and dinner and then search for the big fish.
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Old 07-14-2019, 06:55 AM   #11
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Where's the pics?? Is atthewall sick?? He should have 100 awesome trout pics by now!!


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Or enough service to post pics
Donít worry though, heíll blow the bandwidth in a day or two


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That ainít no joke
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:41 AM   #13
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Yep just wait for it.....
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:23 AM   #14
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We stay at a place called Rim Shoals, it’s similar to how Copper Johns was described above. I think they have a website. Nice place and reasonably priced. My dad loves it so much he is wanting to retire there.
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Old 07-14-2019, 10:30 AM   #15
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The White is good for drifting, but for scenary and fly fishing I prefer the Little Red below Greers Ferry. There are some good places around Heber Springs.
Personally, I prefer fishing for smallmouth in the cool rivers and creeks. They aren't near as finicky about flies. Of course, if you just want to catch trout you can use whole kernal corn or powerbait.
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Old 07-14-2019, 12:38 PM   #16
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I agree about the Little Red....
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Is the Little Red useable in a boat, or just wading like a traditional trout stream?
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Old 07-14-2019, 10:07 PM   #18
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Gastonís all the way! Donít bother hauling your boat, they have boats there to use if you are staying with them. Excellent water front restaurant that will clean and cook your catch for dinner. If you have never been to the White before, I really recommend staying at Gastonís at least your first trip. We fly in 5-6 times a year sometimes just for dinner and a scenic flight
Agree, have gone there since the mid 80's.
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Old 07-14-2019, 10:41 PM   #19
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Is the Little Red useable in a boat, or just wading like a traditional trout stream?
The Little Red is easily navigable with a jet boat. Some of the shoals can be tricky on low water, but the same could be said for some shoals on the White and Norfork (at times).

I'd suggest staying somewhere where you can put in on the White and motor up the Norfork. That would also put you close enough to Bull Shoals or Norfork Lake to go on a half day Striper/Hybrid trip. You could stay at Buffalo City and motor up the Buffalo to bass fish. It's probably 7 miles upriver to Ranchette (Crooked Creek) from there and I'd guess 10 mile down to where Nofork comes in. I'm a little partial to where I live (a little further east), but that area is a game & fish paradise.

I'd look at coming up spring or early fall to really enjoy the weather, but being on any of our rivers in summer will be a welcome escape from the hellish Texas heat, regardless.

It'll be different than Colorado fishing (bigger water & fish) but the premise is the same. Light lines and good drifts will put fish in the boat!
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I've fished the white a few times from a drift boat with Jim Traylor. We fished first couple miles from the dam down with shad colored streamers on long leaders with split shots. We caught fish both trips but it's not the easiest rig to cast for me but I'm terrible at fly fishing.


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Found out yesterday the guide we used last time is fly rod only. Oh well.

With this talk on small mouth, where could one find a place to catch a few? My 16 year old is dying to catch a smallie

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Old 07-15-2019, 07:50 AM   #22
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Found out yesterday the guide we used last time is fly rod only. Oh well.

With this talk on small mouth, where could one find a place to catch a few? My 16 year old is dying to catch a smallie

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I don't know but I'll ask my friend who has a house on table rock who he recommends. Do you have a lake preference?
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I don't know but I'll ask my friend who has a house on table rock who he recommends. Do you have a lake preference?
We're staying on the white just down from where the crooked creek enters and will have kayaks. Whatever we could do with that.

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Buffalo River and Crooked Creek are great for Smallmouth. Buffalo Rivers is a nice little rafting trip.

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Old 07-15-2019, 10:42 AM   #25
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No guide recommendation but did say that the buffalo outdoor center offers a shuttle service on the upper Buffalo which is where the better smallmouth water is. Sorry not more help.
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Headed up there the weekend after next for yearly trip.
We put in at Reds landing just down river from Norfork.
We stay at Tall pines resort. Nice cabins not far from boat launch. The manager Ed is a great guy, known him for a long time.
Fishing there is easy. We drift fish using a single or double spinner with earthworm on the hook, split shot around 16 inches from spinner. Depending on how the river is flowing may have to adjust shot weight as you want the shot to be slightly bouncing along river bottom.
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Buffalo River and Crooked Creek are great for Smallmouth. Buffalo Rivers is a nice little rafting trip.

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We floated the buffalo last time but didnt fish. Beautiful river
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No guide recommendation but did say that the buffalo outdoor center offers a shuttle service on the upper Buffalo which is where the better smallmouth water is. Sorry not more help.
Shuttle services is been a deal we have worried about. I've found plenty of places to launch and take out but getting too and fro. Even joked about buying a moped

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I've fished the white a few times from a drift boat with Jim Traylor. We fished first couple miles from the dam down with shad colored streamers on long leaders with split shots. We caught fish both trips but it's not the easiest rig to cast for me but I'm terrible at fly fishing.


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Full sink it the best fly line to use on the White. Nothing like casting big streamers on the White
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:04 AM   #29
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I've been told that October and February are the best big fish months on the White and Norfolk, but I've never been there that time of year. The last time I went, it was March, and we floated the catch and release area just down from the dam with white foam flies and did real well on nice rainbows and browns.
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We stay at Norfork River Resort. It's located where the Norfork flows into the White so you can fish either river. Great Cabins and they rent boats.
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We floated the buffalo last time but didnt fish. Beautiful riverShuttle services is been a deal we have worried about. I've found plenty of places to launch and take out but getting too and fro. Even joked about buying a moped

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Wild Bills south of Yellville is a shuttle service/outfitter.
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