Enjoy World-Class Fly Fishing in the Heart of the Ozarks Best Trout Fishing Rivers

Dawt Mill is a beautiful, historic and family-oriented resort on the banks of the North Fork of the White River in the small Ozark town of Tecumseh in south Missouri. The fishing on the North Fork can be very productive for big brown trout and gorgeous wild rainbows during certain times of year, but the most significant reasons for fly fishermen to base a trip out of Dawt Mill is its proximity to the most productive trout fisheries in Missouri and Arkansas, along with the fact that there are a myriad of other enjoyable activities for non-fishing members of your group or family to take part in at the resort itself.

As mentioned above, there are some great seasonal fly fishing opportunities on the North Fork of the White River that can be easily accessed at Dawt Mill. We offer several shuttle and float options for those anglers wishing to fish on their own. There are over 15 miles of cold, clear and nutrient-rich waters upstream of the resort, and most of these stretches are protected by special regulations intended to create an abundance of large rainbow and brown trout. Our section of the River is designated a Red Ribbon Area. The southern part of the Ozarks is also a warm water fly fishing paradise, and there are miles and miles of wonderful creeks, streams and rivers that are home to high concentrations of smallmouth and largemouth bass, bream, catfish and carp (which are a true blast to catch on a fly). Dawt Mill is truly a special place with respect to what it offers visiting anglers. There are also plenty of options for people wanting to go fishing with conventional gear, including spending a day or two on Norfork Lake, a legendary bass fishery that also has become known for its large stripers, hybrid stripers and white bass.

The North Fork of the White: This river is one of the few free-flowing, coldwater trout fisheries in the Ozarks, and it is truly amazing how many big fish there are in this stream. But be forewarned; the lunkers in the North Fork are some of the toughest trout to fool in the region. While most fly anglers take a float and wade approach when fishing here, there are also quite a few places that offer good walk-in access. The best time of year to fly fish the North Fork is in the fall and winter due to the lack of floaters and low water flows, but there can also be some fantastic fishing in the spring, especially during a low-water year. In the summer, canoes and
recreational floating dominate the scene, but it is still possible to enjoy yourself by either getting an early start to stay in front of the traffic, or by fishing later in the afternoon and into the evening when the river clears out. The North Fork is known for its diverse insect hatches and abundant food sources, and many fly anglers compare these waters to some of the famous trout rivers out West. There is some fly fishing available at Dawt Mill Resort, but the best trout fishing areas are just a few minute’s drive upstream.