Arkansas: White River

The White River cuts through the Ozark Mountains and offers some of the best trout fishing in the country near the Bull Shoals Dam. The best months to fish the White are April through June when fish are most stocked, although dry fly fishing is best from late August through December in the lower waters of the river. A 9- to 12-foot, 4 to 6 weight rod with a 4X to 6X leader are sufficient for most fly fishing here, with fly recommendations varying by season and precipitation levels. You're most likely to catch trophy trout during mid-summer and mid-winter when traffic is down, but all four trout species found here are plentiful throughout the year.

Other fish found in the White River include sunfish, bass, catfish, and walleye.

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