The tailwaters that flow from the depths of Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes in North central Arkansas are home to some of the largest resident trout in the world. The White River, flowing out of Bull Shoals Lake, and its important tributary-the Norfork, flowing out of Norfork Lake, offer miles of cold water, diverse habitat, and the chance to catch a fish of a lifetime.
Both of these rivers are controlled by hydroelectric dams, meaning that lake levels and the demand for power dictate the amount of water flowing through each system at any given point in time. Water flows can change quickly, making it important to understand the projected generation schedule and the effect that it has on the fishing. Streamer fishing with large flies in high flow has become a popular way to target the larger fish. This technique can be effective when water conditions are appropriate. While the big browns are a main drawl to the area, anglers who come to Arkansas with an open mind and a diverse skill set will welcome the dynamics and the rewards that these rivers offer under all water conditions.