*UPDATE 8/13/2009* — As with many projects involving multiple agencies, the start of the habitat restoration did not start the first week of August as planned.  I just talked to Tim Burnley from AGFC yesterday, and they are definitely starting Monday, 8/17/2009.

Original post below:

OK, we have a lot of guests that have been asking me to get the word out when I thought water flows would be lower; therefore more conducive to wade-fishing.  Well, the information I’ve come across from AGFC is about as close as you can get to a long-term prediction.

In a nutshell, AGFC wants to do habitat restoration up by the dam.  This will require shutting down the generators for a certain period of time each weekday.  Which means if you’ve been craving low water, August & September are going to be a great time for you to visit the White River! 

Below is an excerpt from the AGFC weekly newsletter for more info:

BULL SHOALS – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have entered into a cooperative agreement to place habitat improvement structures in a one mile section of the Bull Shoals tailwater immediately below Bull Shoals Dam.

The primary purpose of this project is to provide cover for young trout during periods of high flow. The work will be performed by Kesser International, Inc. of Little Rock and the project is expected to begin in early August. Work will be completed by Oct. 1 so that no disruption to the brown trout spawn occurs.

An informational meeting will be held on July 14 at 7 p.m. on the Arkansas State University campus in Mountain Home at the McMullan Lecture Hall. Representatives from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be available to answer any questions regarding the project and will present the plan for the project.

Bull Shoals Dam Habitat Restoration Location