Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas offers some of the best walleye fishing in the area, perhaps even that part of the country. This lake contains a large population of Walleye for the taking, ranged in size from small to trophy fish. This lake is stocked to help supplement the natural population of Walleye, including a plentiful supply for all anglers. Bull Shoals Lake does not freeze over, so you can fish for Walleye all year round without having the bother of fishing on the ice. Trophy Walleye are routiniously pulled out of the lake ranging from thirteen pounds all the way up to nineteen pounds, and it is common to catch a number of seven to eight pounds in a single day. It is also very common to catch the limit of Walleye allowed during many days of the year.
During the spring, the Walleye will head towards the North Fork River to spawn, but as spring turns to summer the fish head back down to the deer waters of the lake. As the temperatures rise, the Walleye will head away from shore into water that is deer and cooler, and on warm days you must fish deep to get the best results. Bull Shoals Lake has many fishing areas and docks that can be used, but to get the best results head away from the crowds. Waters that are over fished or crowded may not give good results, so head away from the herd.
Using a GPS fish finder will help you locate the Walleye that other anglers miss, either because they are in a spot which is not the normal habitat for Walleye, or because it is a spot which is inconvenient to get to. Both of these factors can work to your advantage if you are brave enough to follow your instinct instead of the advice from other anglers.
Look for underwater structures and weed beds, especially during the warmer months. These locations can reveal schools of Walleye, and avoiding these areas because of line snags can be a major mistake. Instead use tackle and set ups which do not snag as easily, along with techniques which are intended to minimize snags in your line.
Look for any place in the lake where shad are, because the Walleye will follow this food source. Walleye prefer structures, islands, reefs, and other attractions that are located deeper, because of the cooler waters. The bottom should be rocky or gravel, and it is advisable to fish along the bottom, as well as next to any structures.
Live bait, as well as jigs, spinners, and other lures, can typically get results, depending on the area of the lake and the time of day as well as other factors. If the fish are sluggish or not responsive, try trolling or drift fishing to cover more area, increasing the number of Walleye you can attract. Early mornings and late evenings are the normal feeding times for Walleye, and fishing Bull Shoals Lake near dawn and dusk can greatly increase the odds of catching the trophy Walleye and meeting your limit for the day.