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Date 25-Mar-15
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Conditions : Beaver Lake: Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the surface water temperature is in the 40 to mid-50s. Stripers are moving into tributaries but are avoiding muddy water. Look for clearer water near the main channel and creek channels in the longer arms like Blackburn Creek. The stripers are biting live shad fished from the surface to 25 feet deep. Also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs, plugs on planer boards like Rapala #14 husky jerk's in black back or purple back colors and Smithwick Rogues in similar colors in 5-6 inch models. Hot spots include the back of Indian Creek near the power lines, Lost Bridge North, the bars and flats between the Highway 12 Bridge and Prairie Creek, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek, War Eagle Creek and the White River past Point 12. Most walleye are being caught about 5-10 feet deep and can be caught using a variety of methods. Three-way rigs with a number 11 Rapalas or flat line trolling Hot-n-Tots, Wiggle Warts, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripstiks in natural blue or black back combos in clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in areas of stained water. Slow death rigs, Shakee Blade and spinner rigs featuring orange and chartreuse beads are working very well on a bottom bouncers or Three-way rig tipped with minnows, nightcrawlers or leeches. Gulp or Power Bait will work in place of live bait. Jigs with curly tails in white, chartruese, orange or black are good options as well. Walleye are being caught in good numbers Prairie Creek, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek, the War Eagle/White River Junction and the White River upstream of Point 12.

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is at normal level. Crappie are scattered, but are in 4 to 10 feet of water and are biting well along channel ledges on minnows and jigs. White bass are biting well on curly tailed jigs and minnows bounced off the bottom. Walleye are biting well and are up the rivers right now. Stripers are up the river arms and biting as well. Black bass are fair on jigs, but most are still deep.

Tailwaters - Austin Kennedy of Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service (479-640-8733) said water temperatures ranged from mid 40s from Bertrand Ramp to the low 50s by Beaver Bridge, which is common for this time of the season and generation schedule. The river levels are up and clarity is good. The most productive method for catching trout this week has been by using light terminal tackle with power baits of all varieties. Trolling with Rapalas CD-7, was not as helpful as last week, as well as the spoons in the lower portion of the tailwaters. It may be time to start running the rigs deeper and get below the thermals on the warm water days. I did mark a school of White bass in the lower section (no bait balls), but they were not interested in what I had to offer. If the Walleye are around, they are in hiding; not only did I not mark any, I spent the majority of my time focusing on them. I think we will not see walleye or white bass make a move for a couple more weeks yet.

Beaver Dam Store has an update about the dam boat ramp. Concrete has been partially placed into the river, but it’s not usable yet. I did fish this week and had a blast using midges, scuds and micro jigs. They are still generating most weekday mornings. You just need a kayak or boat, float the running river throwing either streamers like a Clouser minnow or woolly bugger. With a spinning rod, most Rapala crankbaits or even simple ¼-oz. jigs thrown at the banks will get the trout’s attention.

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