Bull Shoals Lake enjoys wide recognition as a prime fishery. Holding several Arkansas and Missouri state records, the lake’s reputation is well justified. Opportunities abound for many species, ranging from bass to walleye. A fish shelter program, implemented by a partnership with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, to improve habitat and enhance fishing success has resulted in over 450 attractors being placed in Bull Shoals Lake. A map showing their locations is available online from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's GIS Mapper.
The White River, downstream of Bull Shoals Dam, is a premier trout fishery in the central United States and has yielded Arkansas state records for cutthroat and rainbow trout. Floating down the river and fishing for brown, brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout is a unique experience.