Fishing is popular on the North Fork of the White all year round! Smallmouth bass can be caught in good numbers throughout the North Fork of the White River. Most of the fish will be 12 to 15 inches. However, there are decent numbers of quality fish which exceed 15 inches. Jigs, crankbaits, and soft plastic baits are good choices for catching smallmouth bass. Goggle-eye also occur throughout the river. These fish can be caught on the same type of lures as smallmouth, but generally smaller versions are more productive. Be sure to concentrate fishing efforts in and around aquatic vegetation, boulders and rootwads. Within the Blue Ribbon Trout Area (from Rainbow Spring to Patrick Bridge Access), the majority of rainbow trout caught will range from 10-14 inches. However, there are a fair number of fish greater than 15 inches. Also, anglers will notice the body condition of these fish is very good. Wooly buggers and prince nymphs bounced along the bottom are traditionally good wet fly patterns, while Adams and elk hair caddis dry flies work well when fish are surface feeding. Crayfish and minnow imitating crankbaits as well as various spinners are also effective. Brown trout fishing within the Red Ribbon Trout Area (from Patrick Bridge to Norfork Lake) looks good and there are some really nice fish to catch. Stocking of brown trout will continue and the population should continue to improve and provide anglers with quality fishing opportunities. Anglers should expect the majority of brown trout to range from 11-15 inches but there are many that exceed 15 inches and a few fish greater than 20 inches. To catch more browns try fishing during the sunrise and sunset hours. Our reasonable lodging prices make us an easy choice for your next fishing trip!
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