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District Information
Area Specific Regulations
  • Smallmouth bass must be at least 12 inches long to keep from Beaver Lake Dam downstream to Table Rock Lake (including all of its tributaries).
  • Walleye must be at least 18 inches long with a daily limit of four
  • From 100 yards below Beaver Dam to boundary signs at Houseman Access: 
    • A trout permit is required.
    • Anglers may use no more than one fishing rod or pole and must attend it at all times. No other devices may be used to catch fish other than as specified for the paddlefish-snagging season.
  • Beaver Tailwater Slot Limit
    From Beaver Dam to boundary signs at Houseman Access. Trout from 13 to 16 inches in length must be released immediately and may not be in possession in this area.  Only one fish exceeding 16 inches long may be kept. Bait fishing allowed only with a single, barbless hooking point (barbed-shaft baitholder hooks allowed).
    •  Beaver Tailwater Special Regulation Area
    Artificial lures only area/no bait zone. Approximately 0.5 miles below Beaver Dam to approximately 100 yards upstream of Parker Bend Access as indicated by signs. Only artificial lures with a single, barbless hooking point shall be used. Natural or scented baits are not allowed. Chumming is not allowed.
    •  Paddlefish Snagging Season
    From Beaver Lake Dam, (from the Corps of Engineers “No Fishing Beyond This Point” sign downstream) to the first Corps boat ramp on the left descending bank: From April 15 to June 15, snagging game fish is legal. Snagging must be discontinued once two trout have been taken. Snagged fish may not be released.
    •  From Bull Shoals Dam to 100 yards downstream
    Fishing is not allowed.
    •  Bull Shoals Tailwater
    From 100 yards below Bulls Shoals Dam to Highway 58 Bridge at Guion: A trout permit is required. Anglers may use no more than one fishing rod or pole and must attend it at all times. No other devices shall be used to catch fish. Only two brook tout, 14 inches or longer may be retained. Only one brown trout, 24 inches or longer may be retained. Only two cutthroat trout, 16 inches or longer may be retained.
    •  Bull Shoals Catch-and-Release Areas
        In the following areas, trout must be released immediately. Only artificial lures or flies may be used (natural or scented baits are not allowed). All hooking points must be barbless. Chumming is not allowed:
    •  Bull Shoals Catch-and-Release Area
    From 100 yards below Bull Shoals Dam to the upstream boundary of Bull Shoals White River State Park, as indicated by signs: Catch-and-release Feb. 1-Oct. 31. Closed to fishing Nov. 1-Jan. 31 downstream to the wing dike at the Bull Shoals White River State Park Trout Dock;
    •  Bull Shoals Seasonal Brown Trout Catch-and-Release Area
    From the wing dike at the Bull Shoals White River State Park trout dock to the downstream boundary of the park: Seasonal catch-and-release area for brown trout Nov. 1-Jan. 31. Brown trout must be released immediately. No fishing from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.
    •  Rim Shoals Catch-and-Release Area (near Cotter)
    From sign immediately above mouth of Jenkins Creek to the first electric power line downstream, as indicated by signs;
    •  Monkey Island Catch-and-Release Area
    From the upstream end of Monkey Island to Moccasin Creek, as indicated by signs;  
    •  Within 1,500 feet in any direction of the confluence of LaGrue Bayou and White River
    Water skiing is not allowed.
    •  Bay Town/Indian Bay area
    Water skiing is not allowed where signs are posted.
    •  In the Arkansas and White River Navigational Canal between Dam No. 1 (Norrell Dam) and the lower guardwall of the dam
    Vessels may not be operated except when the tailwater elevation exceeds 104 msl and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signs are covered.