806 County Road 703 Cotter, AR 72626
806 County Road 703 Cotter, AR 72626
Cranor's White River Lodge

Fly Fishing


Most of the fly fishing on the White River is easily done with a 4 to 6 weight rod, floating line, and a 9 to 12 foot, 4X to 6X leader. In general, we use the lighter rods and tackle in lower water conditions and use the heavier tackle in higher water.  We’re in the office shop every morning to help out with maps, directions, and tips on fishing. We keep a good selection of terminal tackle (leader, tippet, split shot, indicators, etc), along with the flies you’re likely to need. For a larger selection of tackle and flies, there are fine fly shops in our area. Most days you’ll catch primarily Rainbows, but Browns, Cutthroat, and Brookies are also in the river.

Because of a regulation change a few years ago, the White River is now producing quality (17” to 22”) Brown Trout daily, and often even larger Browns to keep it interesting. Anticipate excellent caddis hatches in late March and April, midges year-round, and mayflies in May and June. The higher water fly fishermen, mostly boating, concentrate on the winter shad kill and our midsummer worm “hatch”. Spring and fall are popular seasons here, with lots of action and more traffic.

Trophy trout are often caught mid-summer and mid-winter when the heat/cold keeps the traffic lighter. The White River is a fascinating, complex, and highly productive fishery, and we’ve spent our lives studying it. Please call for conditions, tips, or any information we can help with!

The Twin Lakes area of Northern Arkansas is one of the few places you can fish for trout and bass on the same day. Our tailwater trout rivers flow from two famous black bass reservoirs, Lake Norfork and Bull Shoals Lake. Lake Norfork is also one of the country's best striper lakes. Our area offers many native smallmouth bass streams. Crooked Creek and the Buffalo River are the best known, but we can direct you to others.

Book Fishing Trip

Cranor's White River Fishing will take you and yours on a Guided Trip! For more information, visit whiterivertroutfishing.net or fill out this form and we will contact you to book.