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The deep, clear waters of Bull Shoals Lake offer many types of fishing. Whether you're a novice or professional, the lake's many creek channels and high limestone bluffs provide ample opportunity for daily catches.

Bull Shoals Lake has earned a reputation for some of the best bass fishing in the nation. The lake supports smallmouth, largemouth, Kentucky, and white bass as well as a large population of crappie, catfish, walleye, and pan fish. Bull Shoals has an annual stocking program.Approximately 200,000 walleye are stocked every spring, and over 100,000 catfish are stocked each fall.

March, April, and May are months when even a novice fisherman will catch fish on Bull Shoals. The fish are in the shallows for spawning and will attack almost any bait that threatens their spawning bed. Techniques that produce this time of year include casting, trolling, and live bait fishing.

The warm temperatures of June, July, and August spur fish to seek out deeper, cooler water. Morning, evening, and night are productive fishing times during the summer, as well as fishing with down riggers any time of day. Night fishing with plastic worms or jig and pig often produce limit catches of bass.

During the fall, hair jig fishing off the points can attract some of the biggest bass in the lake. Deep-running plugs have gained a reputation for  producing during the fall season. Mild winter weather and no closed season make fishing a year-round sport on Bull Shoals Lake. Winter's average daytime high temperatures range from the upper 40s to low 50s. Bass in deep water are lured by spooning and jig and pig. Live minnows work to produce crappie during the winter season.

Fishing Contest Results
1991 - Current Year

Catch a bass on Bull Shoals Lake
Visit us and catch one
of these 6 lb. Bass!
Fishing on Bull Shoals Lake
Even girls catch
fish at our resort!


Our fireplaces are great for cozy evenings
Your host Mike discussing
tackle with guest.

Big fish caught on Bull Shoals Lake
World Record 53-pound Striper
caught by Bill Sligar on 8 lb test
while fishing with Bob Upton.

This hybrid striper won our fishing contest in 1997
This Hybrid Striper won
our fishing contest in 1997.

String of fish caught on Bull Shoals Lake
Our nephew, Scott MacKay, caught
this string of bass night fishing.




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