If you want to bring your own boat or if boating just isn’t for you, you still have plenty of great options for catching trout. Some of the best fishing on the river is right in front of our property, and there is also a public boat launch conveniently located right next door.
When the river is running at minimum flow, the gravel bar and shallows above our dock are great areas to wade for spin fishing or fly fishing. The gravel bar is several hundred feet long with a shallow channel of water on the far side. Fishermen often find success with flies, small jigs, spoons, and spinners in the channel. PowerBaits, worms, and shrimp are always productive, too, especially at the bottom of the gravel bar where the river gets deeper. Consider bringing waders because the water is pretty chilly. Always be aware that the river level can change very quickly and without much warning.
If you don't want to stand in the river or if the water level is too high for wading, then try fishing from the bank either above or below our dock. The resort provides about 400 feet of open river-front property for productive fishing. The White Hole Public Access next to our property provides another 300 feet of clear, fishable river frontage. Many folks even bring their camp chairs and sit in them on the bank while fishing. How's that for relaxing?
You are also welcome to bring your own flat-bottom or shallow-running boat. You can launch it from the White Hole Public Access boat ramp next to the resort property. Keep in mind that the river can be very shallow. During times of minimum flow, boats can navigate through the White Hole area and for a short distance down river (about two miles total). When the water level is higher, much more of the river can be traveled by boat.
Please note: The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission requires all people born on or after January 1, 1986, to have an Arkansas Boater Education Certificate before operating a motorboat, PWC, or sailboat in Arkansas. You can find out more about the AGFC-approved online course here: Arkansas Boater's Ed