Welcome to our White River Fishing Home Page

The White River, of northwest Arkansas, flows north and east into Missouri then back into Arkansas. The river travels a total of 720 miles to its confluence with the Mississippi River.  The upper end of the White has been impounded in several places to form three major reservoirs (Beaver, Table Rock, and Bull Shoals) and a river-run lake (Taneycomo).  The White River basin drain contains about 27,765 square miles with crystal clear water and a bottom composed of gravel, bedrock and sand.  The White River below the Bull Shoals Dam is one of the most famous trout fisheries in the world.

The White River is home to some awesome trout fishing.  It is one of the better rivers in the midwest if you’re looking for action with the shot at a trophy fish too.  Rainbow trout are loaded in this river due to an excellent stocking program.  The brown trout fishing is also very good with some very big fish available in this river.

Primary Species of Fish

Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout

The primary species of fish here are the rainbow trout and brown trout.  You will find a ton of rainbow trout in this river.  Brown trout aren’t here in as good of numbers, but there are plenty of them in here too and some trophy brown trout live in these waters.

Secondary Species of Fish

Cutthroat Trout, Brook Trout & Smallmouth Bass

Most of the fish you are going to catch are rainbow trout and brown trout, but some anglers do report catches of cutthroat trout, brook trout and even bass.  Smallmouth bass are more prevalent than largemouth or spotted bass, but some reports of largemouth bass and spotted bass will pop up on occasion in certain stretches of the river.

Latest River Stage & Generation Information

Call 870-431-5311 for a recorded message detailing the current generation.  If you reach a busy signal, keep calling.

Total River Flow Stage – USGS 07060500 White River at Calico Rock, AR

White River Fishing Tips

We have plenty of fishing tips in the following sections:

The Fish

Fishing Calendar


White River Fishing Regulations

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission – Trout Page