Consistently rated as one of the top fishing destinations in the country, Mountain Home is still somehow flying under the radar.
Arkansas's White River might seem an unlikely spot for trophy trout. But consider this: more than one North American record brown trout has been pulled from these waters, and landing a 10-pound-plus brown isn't uncommon.
The town of Mountain Home lies in the heart of Arkansas's trout action, on an 80-mile stretch of the river below Bull Shoals Dam. The dam releases cold water from the reservoir's depths, turning an otherwise warm-water fishery into a haven for lunker brown, rainbow, cutthroat and brook trout.
This stretch of the White River offers year-round fishing, tuned to the filling and emptying of the reservoir. April through June are popular months for floating, with water levels up and good fishing with nymphs, streamers and spin tackle. The standard White River floating rig is a 16- to 20-foot "johnboat" outfitted with a small motor to handle currents at high water. As temps rise and water levels drop through the summer, dry-fly fishing with hoppers and terrestrials turns on (with bait and jigs still a good option), and the river becomes more wadeable on through December. March can bring caddis hatches and good dry-fly fishing.
Warm-water fishing options abound in the surrounding area. Bull Shoals Lake holds bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted), walleye and other warm water species. The upper White River, best floated from October through May, holds an assortment of bass, catfish, and sunfish. The whole area is known for a subtle beauty: bluffs along the river's edge and mist hovering on the water at sunrise.
Visitors should be aware that river levels below Bull Shoals can fluctuate rapidly because of dam operations. Some of the best fishing can occur during high water, but these are times when the river is difficult to wade and is best floated with a guide who has a proper craft and knows the water. Fish on!
- 46° 25° Dec-Feb
- 70° 47° Mar-May
- 90° 85° Jun-Aug
- 71° 48° Sep-Nov
Top fish species to target in Mountain Home, AR
Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher
Gliding through the hills and hollers of the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas is the White River and its tributary the Norfork Tailwater, the finest tailwaters in the South, known to fly fishers the world over for producing phenomenal numbers of trophy brown trout. Nestled on a bend of the White River is Cotter Arkansas, "Trout Capital USA" and at its fly fishing heart sits Dally's Ozark Fly Fisher, a fly shop for fly fishers and fly tiers. Whether you are a raw beginner looking to kickstart your fly fishing; a newcomer to the intricacies of the White River fishery, or a seasoned veteran hunting the famed trophy brown trout, our guides will ensure your trip is a success, and you leave with great memories, and probably some handsome photos. Our guides come from widely different backgrounds brought together by their shared skills, fly fishing obsession and desire to share that passion with you. Ask our guides what they did on their day off and most likely they will have been fly fishing, for something, somewhere.