May 19 Report

We launched about 6:15 Friday morning.  It was foggy, to say the least.  In places, we couldn’t see from one side of the river to the other.  For a change there was some surface activity, so we motored upstream to the spot that seemed the busiest.  The water was clear, and we saw a turtle swimming.  It is not unusual to see them sunning, but swimming doesn’t happen that often.  We anchored and had a blast.  The fog slowly rose as the fish  began to bite. It wasn’t long before we had our first catch.  Unfortunately, just as it was getting close to the boat the fish released itself.  Well, that’s fishing.  We switched off baits, using both Power Bait and Power eggs, all of various colors.  After the bite dropped off, we motored to another spot that had larger fish but slower bite.  Of course SPA started generating an hour before scheduled, and we didn’t even hear the horn. Oh, well.  We were able to catch a rainbow that was over 16 inches, yea!  It was about time to go, but we took a look at Blue Springs and were treated to the sight of quite a few walleye.  Shame, but we had to go.  One interesting note discovered during the fish cleaning process is that every fish caught today was female. And as an aside, the birthday girl had a great day, and we are hoping this couple's daughter doesn’t wait 3 years to come back down to Arkansas.

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April 30 Report

 

Surprise!  Yep, that was my Friday morning.  I was sitting down to breakfast just before 7:30 a.m. and went out to get the paper.  When I came back, my phone let me know that I had a voice mail.  I listened to the recording, and it was a friend asking if I could help out on a fishing trip AND the clients were waiting.  Oh, my gosh.  Of course, I said yes and started hustling.  The boat was ready for two but I understood there might be three, so I threw in some extra gear.  At the meeting place, we introduced ourselves. We proceeded to the launch area and got the boat in the water.  It was a beautiful day!  Generation did make fishing with ultra-light tackle quite a chore, but we persisted.  We caught a beautiful slot, which we sadly returned to the river.  We also trolled, but the bite wasn’t good at all.  I have done some drift fishing  before with little success, so did not try it Friday.  I have come up with some new ideas though and will try it again shortly.  The guests were wonderful, as most are, and we had a great time.  Although they were not originally my fishing clients, they wanted their photo posted online, so we are happy to share their smiles.  

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April 25 Report

We launched at 7 in order to beat the generation.  It was a little early for our guests but we really needed to beat the generation.  It doesn’t mean there are no fish when generation is going on, but using Ultra-lite rigs is a bit more difficult.  We saw otter and osprey and basically had a good time. Fishing was slow but definitely much better than the day before.  One of my previous guests has become quite a fisherman.  In fact, he and his wife went out and bought their own boat.  He reported that he couldn’t catch a thing using Berkley power bait, and that is saying something! We did, not a lot, but some.  We finished up trolling down river.  At that point, a warm kitchen and some hot coffee sounded great!

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April 21 Report

And I thought the last trip was challenging?   Well, this one takes the cake.  The couple on board was here for a relaxing getaway and some trout fishing, but they didn’t bargain for things to turn out like they did today.  The weather, the fish, and the  SPA, conspired against us for sure.  Just as last week, a front moved in to challenge the fish and us.  It was cold and blowing something fierce.  At one time coming back upriver, the waves were as high as the gunnels with a touch of white caps.  It wasn’t that way everywhere, but when we were on a part of the river that was going in the same direction as the wind, wow!  The SPA decided they need power just about all day so the generating started early in the morning, taking a break for a few hours in the late afternoon and then starting again.  We had a few good bites, but in so far as catching goes, it was one of two most disappointing trips I’ve had in six years.  We did see an otter on the trip and the people on board were most pleasant companions in a tough situation!

 

 

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April 16

 I think that I, and I hope our brave fishing clients, have recovered from our trip on the river Saturday morning.  The wind was horrific, the temperature was frigid, the fishing was great, and the catching was not so good.  We launched at seven A.M. and proceeded upstream to one of my favorite spots and immediately wet a line.  We had some action, but only after having our patience tried to the limit.  We kept having to reset our lines due to the wind blowing the ultra lite rigs in spite of casting either into the wind or away from the wind.  Wind kept repositioning the boat, dragging both anchors. :(  We did see more Osprey on this trip than I've seen before at any one time.  In fact, we saw them diving into the river after fish, so we knew we were in the right spot.  We hauled anchor and found a place to tie up so the wind wouldn’t blow us around but the fish refused to come out and play.  Our guests did go home with some trout to try for dinner for the first time, so that pleased us.  See you on the river and tight lines.

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April 8 Report

 

Yesterday was a challenge for sure.  We had two hardy and brave souls on board for an afternoon of fishing. We didn’t launch until the temperature had risen to just freezing.  The forecast was for 14 mph winds, but I think the wind exceeded even that.  The generation had stopped but the flow continued as the river attained stasis.  We went upstream and anchored and began our quest for fish.  I might also mention that a front moved in the night before and there was still snow in a few places on the bank.  The fish didn’t care about the snow but the front and the generation sure had them dialed back.  We fished but the bite was worse than slow, so we went upriver further than I had been since last year.  Did I mention we have had a lot of rain and the river is a foot and a half above full pool?  We anchored again and the contest was on, full swing.  One participant got more bites and the other got more fish.  It was intense for a bit, but the bite went away and we moved again.  Might I say we did great relative to a lot of other fishermen we came across.  The sunshine made the scenery beautiful despite the cold so it was a great day for one and all.

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March 25 Report

We launched at a few minutes past 7:00 a.m. from Houseman Access. The weather was warm and the sun was coming up.  What a beautiful day for fishing!  Obviously others thought so because there were several fishermen on the river at that early hour.  We went upriver to one of our favorite spots, seeing an Osprey along the way.  We anchored and began fishing with various colors of Berkley Power Balls and were somewhat successful.  After a bit, we weighed anchor and proceeded further up stream where we saw a huge otter on the bank.  At this anchorage, we caught a few more rainbows.  We relocated again when we saw a juvenile otter and another Osprey.  After a bit more bait fishing, we decided to start trolling.  We ended our trip with these two good friends having caught their limit, but had to return one of our catch to the river when he proved to be in the slot.  We did see what appeared a buzzard convention, more of the black headed buzzards than I have ever seen at one place and one time.  Cleaning today’s catch proved interesting.  Trout caught earlier this season had their bellies full of snails.  Today’s were full of insects! 


Tight lines and see you on the river!

 

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March 18 Report

 

We launched at 9:00 due to the cold weather on Wednesday morning.  It was predicted to warm up to 41 degrees by nine with more warming due and not much wind.  There was also not to be any generation according to the SPA schedule, but alas, it was not to be.  Nevertheless, we pressed on and motored upstream and found a good anchorage.  With the current, we had to continually reset our lines due to being moved downstream.   We caught a few rainbows but didn’t really start catching until the generation subsided.  We fished successfully with various colors of Power Balls and shades of Power Bait until we were close to our limit and then decided to start trolling.  Our catch included the one fish over the slot that we happily kept, plus several in the slot that we had to return to the river.  One little guy needed to grow up a little so he was tossed back, too.  We trolled with Flicker shad and Rapala lures and finished off our limit that way.  After cleaning and bagging the fish and we said good-bye to today’s happy fishing couple.

Tight Lines and have a wonderful day!

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March 14 Report

 

We launched about 2:00 PM with mom, dad, and two youngsters on board.  The goal was to expose the kiddos to some trout fishing.  Dad usually does his fishing up north and mom was along for moral support.  The bite was extremely slow and even though we hooked 5 or 6 we only put a few in the live well.  We did see a mink or otter, but it was a little far away to tell for sure.  The youngsters lasted quite a while for being as young as they were but eventually we outlasted their attention span and those little tummies were getting hungry, so we called it quits.  The day did warm up, but the wind made it a little difficult for using ultralight tackle.


This was a nice family and it was a pleasure to spend an afternoon on the river with them.

Tight Lines

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March 4

With water in the river and the potential for a warmer day, Saturday was a great day for the launch of 2018 fishing.  We took off from Houseman at 7:30 in 32 degree temperatures with the hope that it would warm up quickly.  The water was 45 degrees and the sun was bright.  We started up river and in a very short time spotted one of the its residents.  A big splash caught our attention, and he was gone.  I didn’t get a good look at who it was, just some big ripples.  We traveled further up river and found a nice spot to anchor.  The fish were accommodating and we harvested some really nice ones.  It seemed they were all pushing 13 inches with the exception of one of them that we returned to the river since he fell into the slot.  One thing that we noticed upon cleaning the fish was that the majority of them were river fish.  That is, they were either raised in the river or had been in long enough for the meat to be bright red, just like their kindred fish, the salmon.  We decided to try our luck further upriver and found another nice place.  By this time it was beginning to get warmer and consequently more enjoyable.  We finished off our limit and then went back down river and decided to take a look at Blue Springs.  We were amazed to find that the spring pool overflow was not overflowing, but there was water bubbling up in the channel on the river side of the dam.  Interesting for sure.  As we drove out of the ramp area we were surprised to see evidence of 10 other boats that were trying their luck.  Granted they didn’t start out as cold as we did, but we had our limit before some of them even wetted a hook.  
Tight lines y’all. 

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Feb. 10 Report

We are back from our winter respite in south Louisiana.  We visited with friends in Lafayette for several days and enjoyed several venues, including Avery island where they age peppers and produce great hot sauces.  We also found time for some Cajun and Zydeco music and dancing. 
We traveled with our friends to Lafitte where we stayed several nights while fishing for redfish.  Our guide, Mike, is a co-owner of Fishing with Phil.  Because of the extremely cold weather in south Louisiana this winter, the speckled trout had gone back out in the gulf, but the redfish were still there, I mean REALLY there. The first area we fished was active and our limit was 5.  Interestingly, the slot was opposite ours. Their slot states allowances about which fish to keep, not what had to be put back.  The allowance was for 16-27 inches, and only one over 27 could be kept.  Since the cold had effected the fishing lately, we decided to try several spots so Captain Mike would know of different spots for his next trip.  Other guide boats were like buzzards, circling us hoping we would leave so they could fish where we were doing well.  The game warden pulled alongside to check on us. It seems that some would get their limit, then drop off the fish and go back at it.  We were amazed at all the fish in each spot we visited.  Our next two spots weren’t quite as productive, but oh, the fish.  They were in the shallows of one to two feet deep.  As we moved along the banks we would see swirl after swirl of mud as they moved off. The last place we stopped had very hungry fish, and they were the biggest we encountered.  The bait was shrimp and we used a bobber set 12-18 inches up the line.  A popular rig there is shrimp on a pop cork.  As you rapidly move the line the cork makes a popping noise.  Our rig was a poor man's pop cork.  Like all guides, our captain knew how to save a  little expense where he can.  Captain Mike cleaned and bagged the fish for us and fed the pelicans :).
As if catching wasn’t enough fun, a local restaurant prepared some of the catch for our dinner.  We all enjoyed the taste of this fresh redfish, half was fried and half and half sautéed.  Throw in some salad and locally made bread pudding and it was a truly  delicious meal (especially the sautéed). The perfect ending to a day of fishing.  

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Jan. 15, 2018

Hello to All,

We here at Hosanna Hills Fishing want to wish everyone a very happy new year and say that we hope your Christmas holiday was a good one.  We had children and grandchildren for Christmas and were very thankful for the family and fun.  Since Linda hasn’t taught school for several years now, she has apparently lost her immunity to those cough and congestion bugs the grandchildren brought. It's the gift that keeps on giving. :)

Needless to say it has been cold which makes for lines freezing on the reels and all that fun stuff.  After a brief warm up, it's getting really cold again.  The Corps of Engineers has dropped the water level of both Beaver Lake and the Beaver Tail Waters.  It’s looking like some of the places we were fishing in late November are inaccessible now.

We are going to South Louisiana to do some fishing for Redfish later this month for a change of pace, but there is still nothing like Rainbow Trout.  Even if the “catching” isn’t good, it should be warmer!

Tight lines everyone, spring is right around the corner.

Sam

Hosanna Hills Fishing

December 20, 2017

One of the real privileges of working as a fishing guide is meeting many fine people. Thus, we are saddened to hear of the passing of two of our fishing clients this year.

Mr. Guy Holden, of Chouteau, OK, passed away just a month after a very successful day of fishing. Guy fished in many places, but had decided to try some place close to home this year. How nice for us that he chose to come to the White River tailwaters close to Beaver Dam.

Mr. Buddy Hilbun, of Clarksdale, MS, told us that he wanted to arrange a river tour so that a couple of young people in his family, a granddaughter and her uncle, could see the White River. We were happy to spend this time with them.

We truly appreciated the opportunity to meet both Guy and Buddy this year. Our condolences to their families and we wish them all a very blessed Christmas.

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We launched at 1:00 to avoid some of the cold weather and the generation scheduled in the morning.  A red flag warning had been issued due to the wind and dry conditions.  We went upriver and anchored at a favorite spot.  The fish were reluctant to play and the wind blew hard enough to drag out the anchor.  We gave up after a fish or two and tried to drift fish with a rig I had used on the other side of the state several times with a good deal of success.  No luck with it today, and since we were in a familiar spot it just reaffirmed that the fish were refusing to play.  We trolled downstream, again with no fish and just a strike or two.  At the next anchorage we began to catch some fish.  It was around three which seemed to be the time the fish were returning from their siesta.  They stopped biting about as fast as they began.  We were using a little Power Bait and quite a bit more Power Balls, all of various colors.  Since the bite stopped we tried trolling downstream again, pulling a flicker shad and a rapala.  Although these have often done well in the past, the fish were still refusing to play.  About this time the sun was beginning to go down and the wind seemed to be picking up, but maybe it was the absence of the solar heat the made it seem that way.  We were thinking about anchoring again but my guests opted to go in so that their guide might have some daylight for the cleaning and bagging process.  

 

I have taken the boat into the shop for its annual maintenance and plan on entertaining kids and grandkids for Christmas soon.  Merry Christmas to all.  Good fishing and tight lines to each and every one.

 

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Nov. 25 Report

We started Friday’s fishing excursion at a few minutes after 8:00 so that we might get a bit more sun, and therefore, warmth. Since the fishermen on board had fished here last Thanksgiving weekend, they understood what the weather can do. When I launched about 7:15, mine was the only boat at Houseman. By the time we finished, there were 14 boats that we counted. After watching an otter for a minute, we proceeded upstream and anchored. The wind was predicted to be 14 mph this day, but as usual the prognostications of the weather were a bit off and the wind was the exception that proved the rule. The bite was slow and the wind was a problem, so we moved the anchorage perpendicular to the wind mid stream and fished some more. The fish were begrudging the bite and we moved again to finish off the limit. We did, however, manage to catch 3 slots which was somewhat unusual. By this time the wind was strong enough to move us, in spite of the anchors. After considering heavier anchors, we decided to just to go with the flow and plan on moving with the wind. We used Power Balls and Power Bait of various colors and none seemed to turn the fish on much and the slow bite continued. We tried a lure, mice tails, that worked well in Texas but these hillbilly rainbow up here didn’t seem too impressed. Then again, they were not overly impressed with anything today:).

While cleaning the fish we discussed dad and granddad taking some grandchildren for a fishing experience. Having done that myself a few times, I was happy to share some advice on a place that might be most conducive to the safety of little ones and likely to lead to catching a fish. See you on the river and tight lines.

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Nov. 19 Report

We launched at 8:00 a.m. from Houseman Access after wondering the previous day just what Saturday had in store for us.  The weather looked ominous and I couldn’t get a read on SPA’s intended schedule of generation.  Normally they post the schedule for Saturday, Sunday and Monday on Fridays after 5:00 PM.  This week the site still read Saturday as November 11, though other days and dates were published.  By the time morning arrived we were looking at a possible 20 degree slide in temperature, plus rain and 40 mph wind gusts.  All in all, the day looked challenging to say the least. It was in the high 60’s when we launched with just a little wind on the river.  We saw a bald eagle on our way to the first anchorage and noticed a little more wind as we began fishing.  It didn’t take too long before the first, second, and third fish found the live well.  Either the same eagle or another flew over to welcome us to a good fishing spot.  We tried Power Bait and Power Eggs of various colors and were having a good time.  When using ultra-light tackle one has to be conscious of the wind, especially when fishing perpendicular to to the wind.  The wind can blow the line enough to move the sinker on the bottom of the river, so in cases like that one fishes into or away from the wind.  Today was the first time fishing from that anchorage when the wind was at our backs.  Several times it precipitated on us.  I say that because it really wasn’t raining or misting and the wind picked up so much, there was no telling exactly what it was doing.  We moved to a couple of different spots and the wind was so gusty that our anchors didn’t hold, so we tied up to some stumps.  About then, we were wet and cold (the temperature had now dropped to 47 degrees), and we had caught our limits so we headed to the house.  See you on the river and tight lines.  

 

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Nov. 7 Report

 

How fortunate this trip was Saturday, a gorgeous fall day with mild temperatures.  We proceeded upstream at 8:00 a.m. and noted that there was very little wind and no generation going on.  It was a only bit cool and what felt like heavy mist might have been heavy fog.  One of the guests was a food writer who learned about the huge bonita in Japan just last week, so I thought trout might be anti-climatic.  He said he enjoyed himself, and it had been sometime since he actually had caught fish. The other gentleman was a chef and the two of them were going to have a get-together that evening for 14 chefs.  I bet the fresh trout they are serving will be delicious. These experienced fishermen even jumped in on the fish cleaning.   We had to take a photo since that doesn’t happen often around this cleaning station.  We saw an eagle a couple of different times, an otter, and of course Blue Herons and King Fishers, all in the course of fishing this morning.  We anchored upstream and the guys did great.  They limited out in no time using several colors of Power Bait and Power Balls.  The time we spent trolling was not productive today.  Maybe next time this guide will suggest smaller lures.  See you on the river and tight lines.

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Nov. 4 Fishing Report

After a break to spend time with children and grandchildren last week, we were back on the river for fishing on Thursday.  We launched at 8:30 and proceeded upstream.  According to the SPA (Southwest Power Authority) there was to be no generation all day.  Well, that turned out to be not correct or someone turned on a really big spigot, because there was significant flow.  We anchored and began a trying morning of fishing.  The current continually carried the lines downstream and we continually had to reset them.  On top of that, the wind really picked up increasing our frustration.  Fortunately for this guide, the fish underwater didn’t suspect what was happening on top.  Our guests were real troopers and carried on with various colors of bait, both Power Bait and Power Balls, and ended the morning with their limit.  Sometimes the catching is worth the trouble of the fishing!  

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Oct. 20

 

Well, it was a stealth trip today :)   We received a phone call from the daughter of a couple who were making plans to celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary.  Since they were coming from Minnesota to Eureka Springs, and since they both love to fish, she had the perfect gift idea for them.  When they arrived in Eureka Springs, they were then allowed to open the mystery envelope.  They were delighted with the gift of a fishing trip because trout fishing was their favorite type of fishing, even after having experiences fishing in Alaska, Canada, and several northern states.  We launched at 9:00 a.m., not usually the very best time for limiting out, but hey, it's their anniversary and it was a long drive down here.  We left Houseman going upstream, really enjoying ourselves, and chatting a good part of the way.  We anchored and "released the Krackins” on those unsuspecting trout.  These folks pulled in fish after fish in no time, using both Power Bait and Power Balls.  It was interesting that a couple of other fisherman heard the giggles coming from our boat and came to our anchorage like bees after the honey.  We decided on some trolling for a different experience and looked over a couple of local sights of interest along the way.  What a great time!  They were planning on cooking at least a few slabs that evening, done up in a frying pan with onions and potatoes.   “Them's good eatin’!“ as some would say.  Tight lines and see you on the river.

We are headed north to help look after some of our grandkids for a while, so the posts will be curtailed for several days.

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Oct. 18 Report

We launched at cold-thirty on Tuesday morning.  Actually it was 7:30, and the temperature was a brisk 39 degrees.  We proceeded upstream at a modest rate so as not to induce hypothermia in our guests.  We were graced with some beautiful scenery.  The leaves were beginning to change; along the river they seem to change first.  A beautiful eagle landed on a tall dead tree, and beneath that we saw a deer and her fawn.  Afterwards we saw a few blue herons, so we knew the experts were after the fish.  We anchored and proceeded to land fish.  The bets were on for the First, Largest, and Most.  The competition was so close that we decided to troll for a bit.  It turns out it was a long bit, but the reward was a really nice rainbow.  Our guests were camping with three other couples and they were taking turns cooking great meals.  It was our guests’ turn, and someone else offered to cook the fish if they were lucky enough to land something.  All will be surprised with a limit of really fresh trout for dinner tonight.  Tight lines and see you on the river.

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