09-13-2008, 11:43 AM
Re: New member needing some info.....
Welcome to the forum.
Fishing the White River has some danger for waders. You need to keep in touch with Bull Shoals Dam (870-431-5311) about their generating schedule. The river can change drastically in a short time and you need to keep you eye on the river edge. I like to pick a rock, post, limb or any object that I can see when entering the water. I pick something that is close the the waters edge. If the marker gets covered with water get out now. I would not wade the White or North Forth with out an inflatable life vest.
There are several access points reachable from Cotter. So yes there is access for wading. If you are serious about fishing the White River I suggest you get this book: Home Waters Guide to Fishing by Mid-South Fly Fishers. This book list access points, boat ramps and flies to use. It even comes with three separate maps that include the White River, the Norfork Tailwaters and the Little Red River. The maps are in a pouch at the back of the book. Here is a link: Home Waters
If I was going to fish the White I would go to the North Fork branch and fish here. It is heavily stocked and has some big Brown Trout certain times of the year. The people at the North Fork Dam are not very helpful with their schedule and you have to watch the water level constantly.
Make sure you give us a report if you go.