Fishing at the White River Inn

Trout Fishing in Arkansas

The White River System in Arkansas is famous for the world record brown trout that inhabit its waters. The huge double-digit browns are seen and caught regularly enough to make the White River one of the country’s most prolific trout fisheries and a fly-fishing destination hot spot.

However it is not only the size, but also the variety of trout species that lure anglers from around the world to our fertile waters. The White River is one of the few spots in the world where you “can stand in one spot” and catch the coveted grand slam! A brook, a rainbow, a brown, and a cutthroat can all be caught right here on the White River!

Fishing 365 Days a Year

Along with the excellent fishing for all four species of trout, you can literally fish 365 days a year as there are no closed seasons and no frozen or “blown out” rivers. As a tail water, the White River is truly a fly-fisherman’s dream with different types of water, from long deep pools to shallow, oxygen, and food rich riffles. The White River lends itself to nymph fishing all year long due to a year-round midge population, as well as millions of sowbugs and scuds. Throwing streamers is also effective as the White has a huge Sculpin population as well as numerous species of minnows and crawfish. From March through October there are certainly enough caddis and mayfly hatches to keep the dry fly purists very busy. To sum the White River up in two words — “Trout Smorgasbord” — comes to mind!

100 Miles of Fishing

Our fishery starts below Bull Shoals Dam and continues 100 miles or so downstream. The North Fork River injects freshly cooled and oxygenated water into the White about 35 or 40 miles downstream enabling trout to survive well below these great dams. The North Fork is a short but fertile four mile river that is a wonderful fishery as well. Our waters stay at a constant 52 degrees almost year-round due to river flows out of the power generating dams.

Expertly Guided Fishing Trips

Our guides here at the White River Inn are familiar with the whole trout fishery but usually fish the first 65 miles or so, including the North Fork River. All of the guides here are experts in every aspect of fishing and customer service. Their sole purpose is to assure your safety and to make certain that your White River experience is everything you expect from a first class lodge anywhere in the world. Our guides are not competing fishermen but are here to assist you as much or as little as you need to have a great time on the river. From first time beginners to seasoned lifetime anglers, your enjoyment is our goal. We spare no effort to provide a safe, comfortable, and rewarding day on the river.

Guided Fishing Rates:


Full day two fishermen: $450.00


Full day one or two fisherman: $350.00
($100 for a third fisherman)

Full fishing packages with meals and lodging can be put together for your convenience by request.

Fly Fishing /Spin Fishing Packages

We offer special group deals that combine luxury lodging, first class service and a superior fishing experience.

Guests Pick their 2010 “Best for Fishing" B&B Award Winner from over 8,500 B&B’s worldwide!

PETALUMA, CA FEBRUARY 11th, 2010- Congratulations to White River Inn Luxury B&B in Cotter AR, who was recently chosen as offering the “Best Fishing” out of 8,500 B&B’s around the world! Our readers have spoken and the White River Luxury B&B has unanimously received the greatest number of votes in this category by their loyal B&B guests and regular visitors to Innkeepers Moose & Tina Watson certainly earned this prestigious award, their hard work and effort has not gone unnoticed by the traveling public!

Located in lovely Cotter AR, the White River Inn Luxury B&B serves their guests with extraordinary comfort and unparalleled attention to detail. Warm, welcoming and full of character, the White River Inn Luxury B&B offers travelers an ideal base for a relaxing and memorable bed and breakfast retreat.

Guests at the White River Inn Luxury B&B are always the top priority of innkeepers and staff. With excellent attention to detail and personal service, the White River Inn Luxury B&B is the ultimate bed and breakfast destination for any traveler in search of an unforgettable experience.

Pamela Lanier’s Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and Guesthouses International has been assisting inn goers with a comprehensive variety of boutique lodgings since 1982, announcing an “Inn of the Year” winner for 26 consecutive years. The oldest and most prestigious B&B vote program in the world, guests may now vote for any bed and breakfast in over 80 categories on, all votes tallied and winners announced at the beginning of each year in Lanier’s print guide, The Complete Guide to Bed & Breakfasts, Inns and Guesthouses International, award-wining website, newsletters and with press affiliates.

Thinking of visiting Cotter AR, or want to meet the exceptional innkeepers that put their heart and soul into their B&B? Contact them today and they’ll receive you at their B&B with open arms and smiling faces!