"80+ Years in the Making"
Hurst Fishing Service was established in 1933, 18 years before the Bull Shoals Dam was completed. We have watched the Arkansas White River go from a fishery inhabited by warm water species like bass to the fine, well-managed cold water trout fishery it is today. Over those last 80+ years we have guided thousands of customers through exciting day-long float trips and adventure-filled overnight camping float trips. Like the White River itself, we have changed and grown with the times too.
Whether you prefer bait fishing, spin fishing, or fly fishing, whether it's for individuals, families, groups, or corporate outings, we have what fits your needs. Beginner or pro, man, woman, or child, we're prepared to serve you. Hurst Fishing Service is the premier guided trout fishing service located on the crystal clear waters of the White River in Cotter, Arkansas.
White River Trout Fishing
Since completion of the Bull Shoals Dam in 1951, the Arkansas White River has developed into one of the most famous trout fisheries in the United States. Limit catches of rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout are common-place throughout most of the year. The size trout can grow to in these cold, clear waters is truly amazing, as the many records the White River has produced attest.
Today we believe that an enjoyable trip on the White river is a blend of many elements - like comfortable, clean equipment - and fishing guides who know as much about safety, river history, and wildlife as they do about catching trout in any conditions. The result is a fun, smooth, safe trip. It takes practice and effort to reach this level of perfection, and we have worked at it for 85 years. That's why you receive more value-per-dollar when you book a trip with the best guides for trout fishing at Hurst Fishing Service in Cotter, Arkansas!
The water in the White River below Bull Shoals Dam is so frigid that even during the warmest summer months one can remain comfortably seated in a chair and feel a nice cool breeze coming off the water. There is no other fishery in the U.S. where you can take a continuous 4-day float trip and fish for rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout each day. As a convenience to our patrons, we stock all types of lures on which these fish are caught. Our experienced guides are always ready to recommend the baits, lures, or flies most likely to be effective at the time of your visit. Hurst Fishing Service is the premier guided trout fishing service located on the crystal clear waters of the White River in Cotter, Arkansas.