Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is high. Bream fishing is excellent on crickets. Crappie are fair on trolled crankbaits. Bass are fair on topwater poppers and buzzbaits in the mornings and better on spinnerbaits and jigs fished around cover as the sun comes up. Catfishing is good on live and prepared bait.
Tailwaters - Beaver Dam Store said there were a few times to wade last week, and trout could be caught with either a prince nymph or micro jig during that time. When the river picks up, switch to a Clouser minnow or other large attractor pattern and cast it parallel to the bank. Trout Magnets, Colorado spoons and white or Yellow Power Bait also are working well on the rainbow trout lately.
Last Week - Baileys Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the surface water temperature is in the low 80s. Rising water has not affected fishing, and plenty of stripers are being caught. They are using main lake points, humps, ridges, rock piles, brush lines and ditches on their annual down lake migration and in the search for food and scattered throughout the lake. Try fishing live shad from the surface down to 30 feet deep or try trolling small umbrella rigs with white or chartreuse grubs, Rapala no. 14 Husky Jerks and 5- to 6-inch Smithwick Rogues in black- or purple-backed colors. Stripers also are being caught at night by casting main lake points with large surface lures like Redfins and Rapalas or large Rat-L-Traps. Hot spots for stripers include points 3, 4, 5 and 6, the bluff in front of the marina in Rocky Branch and the islands in front of Larue Cove. Ford and Cedar creeks, Copper Mine and Ventris also are holding some good stripers as they make their way toward the main lake. Walleye are using the same areas as the stripers and are biting in the 10- to 20-foot range near the second drop. Three-way rigging Rapalas in natural colors for clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in areas of stained water has worked well. Also try Shad Raps in natural colors and Rat-L-Traps trolled at 1-2 mph. Bink pro scale 1-oz. jigging spoons in white or white/chartreuse are producing walleye, too.
Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is high. Bream are fair, and are starting to spawn. Crappie are biting well on trotlines. Bass are fair on topwaters and spinnerbaits at night and the early morning. Flukes are working well in mid-morning. No report on catfish.
Tailwaters - Austin Kennedy of Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service (479-640-8733) said fishing has been good this week. The water temperatures were in the high 40s with river levels starting to even out. The trout bit on light terminal tackle with various Power Baits. A few crappie were caught using gold and silver 1/4-oz. spoons. Walleye are still being marked with a few young males being caught on floating Rapalas. Try trolling early in the morning or late in the evening.