The White and North Fork rivers are teeming with fish of all sizes.
An analysis of an October sample of trout taken from the rivers shows managed fisheries producing world-class brown trout and an abundance of hatchery-grown rainbow trout in 11- to 12-inch lengths, says Arkansas Game and Fish Biologist Jeff Williams, head of the Arkansas Trout Program.
“It looks good, in my opinion,” Williams said during an interview at his office last week. “We saw good numbers, good sizes and healthy fish, and one brown (trout) that measured 32 inches.”
The sample showed again that Arkansas trout are drawn to the colder 5-mile stretch of the North Fork of the White that flows from Norfork Dam. Biologists counted 429 fish an hour during the shock sampling. Of that number, 256 were brown trout ranging from 9 to 20.5 inches long with an average length of 13 inches. The North Fork hour sample also included 173 rainbow trout, 32 cutthroat and six brook trout.
“The North Fork is still an angler’s best chance for catching the Ozark Grand Slam (a creel containing a specimen of all four of the major trout species).”
…Read the entire article by Frank Wallis in today’s Baxter Bulletin.
So the bottom line for anglers is: Come and stay in a cabin at Mockingbird Bay Resort where you are just a stone’s throw from the confluence of the North Fork and the White River and an Ozark Grand Slam; BUT, and this is a BIG BUT, where you can also fish Norfork Lake (right off our dock, or have a fishing guide pick you up, or you can BYOB) and catch lunker striper, small mouth and large mouth bass, walleye, blue gill, and delicious crappie!
LET’S HAVE A FISH FRY!!!