Welcome to our Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Home Page

Bull Shoals Lake is located on the border of Missouri and Arkansas.  You can enjoy fishing, boating, hiking or just relaxing around the lake.  This region has plenty of places to stay, boat rentals and restaurants so you can plan a trip here, but don’t expect to find bigger towns with tons of stores.  This is an uncrowded destination, making it a wonderful place to get away from it all.  Just plan accordingly with the things you will need for a week on the lake.  Bull Shoals Lake is an awesome multi-species fishing lake.  Many different species of bass are available to go along with walleye, catfish, trout and panfish.

Primary Species of Fish

Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass & Spotted Bass

The primary species of fish in this lake are largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass.  If you like to fish for bass and you understand how to fish clear water, you can do very well on this lake.  Try using lures that are sized for all 3 species of fish and you should run into all 3 species of fish here.

Secondary Species of Fish

Striped Bass, Walleye, Catfish, Crappie, Bluegill, Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout

There are a lot of other species of fish in this lake.  Anglers do report some nice catches of striped bass, walleye and catfish.  Trout are here in limited numbers, but nearby, there is some awesome trout fishing available.  Panfish can be caught here too.

Use Lighter Line

Using lighter line is key to getting more bites in clear water, especially in the middle of the day when the sun is out.  Use 6 to 8 pound test line and you’ll get a lot more bites and still have enough strength to get some of the bigger fish into the boat.  Fluorocarbon line or at the very least, a fluorocarbon leader will help get more bites too.

Bull Shoals Lake offers anglers some good fishing for largemouth bass.  There are good numbers of them in the lake as well as some big fish too.  With its deep and clear water, most anglers do better on this lake by fishing deeper and with lighter line than they would on most other lakes that they fish.

Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Tips

We have plenty of fishing tips in the following sections:

Learn the Lake

The Fish

Fishing Calendar


Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Reports

Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Regulations