Bull Shoals Lake


Bull Shoals Lake was created by Bull Shoals Dam to impound the White River. At the time, it was one of the largest concrete dams in the United States and the fifth largest dam in the world. Dedicated by President Harry S. Truman in 1952, work on the dam began in 1947 and continued until its completion in 1951.

Bull Shoals Lake is home to many varieties of fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, walleye, catfish (blue, channel & flathead) and rainbow trout. Striped bass, along with hybrid striped bass are occasionally caught, as are brown trout. Major panfish also populate the lake including black crappie, white crappie and bluegill.

With a major fish cover project completed in 1992, and lesser cover projects since, the fish populations have flourished. Catch rates have been very much improved for black bass, walleye, bluegill, crappie, walleye and catfish who are especially attracted to the cover.

Bull Shoals Lake At A Glance

  • Between 45,440 to 70,000 acres, depending upon water level
  • 80 miles long
  • 700 miles of shoreline at powerpool; 1,050 miles at 690 feet elevation
  • Average depth of 75 feet, with a maximum of 210 feet

Bull Shoals Lake State Records

Species Size
Largemouth Bass 13 lbs 14 oz
Striped Bass 56 lbs 5 oz
Yellow Perch 1 lbs 11 oz
Brown Trout 26 lbs 13 oz
Walleye 21 lbs 1 oz

Download a PDF version of the Bull Shoals Lake Map from the Corps of Engineers here..