Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Troy Krodinger.
The photo above shows the marker board at Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock and illustrates a rising lake level. But it hadn't been updated at 7 a.m. today to reveal just how fast this 45,000-acre lake is filling. At 10 a.m., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website showed the current level is 656.11 feet above sea level - that's a rise of 2.25 feet since Wednesday at midnight. (Power pool or normal level is 654.0)
We know there are fish on the beds in Bull Shoals, but evidently not many are fishing for them. The sun has popped out so that likelihood could grow. But if you will see some of Mark Hicks' reports you will see that the wind is blowing a lot of these guys around. That type wind makes it hard to see beds, especially here.
Randy Howell adds another keeper to the livewell. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Dustin Stacey.
It’s never too early to get it in gear on the Bassmaster Elite Series.
Alton Jones has to retie after snagging the bottom. Alton Jones is fishing much more slowly than anyone we've seen so far.
The sun is shining strong on Tommy Biffle in a short cove off a creek arm. He's a ways off the bank casting and not wielding a flippin' rod, which is his strong suit. When asked how many he had, Biffle held up a lone index finger. Just as Biffle was leaving, Alton Jones pulled into the area and started casting to a different bank. He holds up three fingers. The water here is 56 degrees.