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Some of the best trophy fishing occurs in mid September to the end of November, then again from mid January to mid May.

North Fork River Trophy Brown Trout

The first period coincides with the migration of brown trout upstream to spawn and the second period is after the spawn when the fish are putting weight back on after the spawn. The second period in January to March is when we can have what is locally known as the “Shad Hatch” or “”shad kill”. Obviously this is not a hatch, but a time when shad located in the reservoirs above the dams can be susceptible to quick drops in temperatures as cold fronts move across the region. The stunned, dying or dead shad are swept through the dams electric generation turbines and flushed into the river below. It’s like someone yelling “Free steak” at The Outback Steakhouse. The fish come from miles to gorge on the shad.

At the beginning of this feeding frenzy the fishing is easy. As it progresses the fish learn that all that looks like a shad, is not a shad. This is when each guide seems to have their own tricks and patterns to continue to fool the fish and keep the bite coming. This event happens most often below the Bull Shoals Dam and is thankfully located within a catch & release area, so these trophy fish are protected while they momentarily lose all caution.

Can this hatch be predicted? No, not really. It requires a combination of weather conditions and the dam generators running hard enough to pull the shad through to the river. Is it worth jumping in the car and coming with a moments notice…ooohh, yes. When the action is hot during the shad hatch you will pull your white jig or stick bait away from 3 lb. plus fish, because they are the little ones!
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Why would you even want a guide?

Since our rivers are tail waters and subject to frequent changes of water levels, you may want to gain some “on the water” insight as to how this affects the fishing, wading and boating experiences of the river.

Even if you decide not to hire a guide for these reasons, stop by a fishing shop or call a guide and discuss this with them, it will help you catch fish and help you to have a safe day on the water. Mike at 870-291-1144 

You are in the area for the first time and don’t know the techniques and types of water that hold the big fish, or the higher concentrations of fish.

You’ve come prepared to wade, but water levels won’t permit it and you are not comfortable renting a boat and navigating the river yourself. So you hire a guide to handle the boat.

You know how to fish, but want to maximize your time fishing, not looking for the next spot.

You know how to fish, but want to spend time focusing on your spouse, children, grand children, friends or business client.

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Come fishing on the Northfork and White Rivers with me. 

I love to fish, but even more, I love to guide people and see them catch fish. I’m polite and  I will match your fishing skills to techniques that will catch fish. If you desire to learn more, we will start with where you are at and work to develop the skill you are interested in acquiring.
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Rick Hayden on left, mike Roach Center, Craig Jones right. We had a wonderful 2 day trip, almost 200 fish and a couple of nice Browns to boot. 

Thank you Second Baptist Church, looking forward to seeing you again next year.
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Craig Jones with his first 22" brown.

Guide Michael Roach
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Rick Hayden with his first brown trout of the day.

Guide Michael Roach
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We've been catching big Brown Trout 20" to 24 " on the North Fork River all season. This is Susan Johnston's 24" Brown. Susan did a nice job of keeping her cool and landing this awesome fish.  Guide: Mike Roach 870-291-1144
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Kelli Brown's Brown Trout. 22"   Buffalo City.

Two days later Mark fro SE Mo, lost a big Brown larger than Kelli's Brown Trout pictured here, estimated length 24" to 27" that was on the North Fork River. 
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The fishing has been great this summer. Garaunteed to catch fish or your next trip is free.
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