Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) reported a fair to good week of fishing. Water was clear and the surface temps were in the 80s. Water level was normal. Catfishing was excellent on jugs, rod and reel and trotlines; try using worms or blood bait. Bass fishing was good, even excellent in the early morning. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater were working well, while plastic worms were the way to go in the evening for bass. Crappie fishing was good on minnows and jigs, as well as soft plastics while trolling. Bream were good on worms and crickets. Bluegills were biting on crickets and worms as well.
Baileys Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said stripers are on main lake structures and mouths of coves, etc. There has been some nice topwater action! Some Beaver Lake striper are using gravel bars, points, humps and cuts in the bank to corner bait. Try lightly weighted lines, free lines, balloons or planer boards in presenting your baits and it will definitely get you some fish. Make sure you do not keep striper under 20 inches and not more than 3 striper or hybrid or combination, while walleye must be 18 inches long with a limit of 4. Beaver lake striper fishing will be good with striper taken on live shad fished on free lines and down lines from surface to about 20 feet deep; also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white or chartreuse grubs for stained water. Use plugs, flat lines or slightly weighted lines like Rapala No. 14 husky jerks in black back or purple back colors and Smithwick Rogues in similar colors in 5-6-inch model. Jerkbaits like flukes will also produce. The night bite action has been hot! Water surface temperatures have been in the high 80s. Try these hot spots: dam site and Hybrid Cove, Point 1, Indian Creek, Lost Bridge North, Point 3, Lost Bridge South, Point 4, Big Clifty, Point 5, Point 6, Rambo Creek Arm, Rocky Branch.
Walleye are now back down on the main lake in numbers and on the feed. Walleye can be found 10-20 feet deep depending on areas you fish. Three-way rigging Rapalas in natural colors for clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in areas of stained water. Try slow death rigs and spinner rigs on bottom bouncers in orange/chartreuse. Bink pro scale 1-ounce jigging spoons in white or white/chartreuse combo and a variety of jigs are also producing walleye.
Tailwaters - uide Austin Kennedy said the tailwaters are a little cloudy from all the rain runoff, but that has not affected the trout bite. Trout are biting on little Cleo spoons, Rapalas and light terminal tackle with various power baits. There is quite a bit of bait between Houseman Access and Spider Creek. The white bass, for the most part, have been pushed back to Beaver town. The whites can be caught pulling various Rapalas at different depths. Kennedy says he has noticed a few trout have had some bite marks in them, along with an increased sightings on alligator gar in the upper tailwaters. So, for you gar fisherman, he says he would focus between the Highway 62 bridge and Spider Creek.
Beaver Dam Store reported fly fishing in the tailwaters has been pretty good. There are still some white bass to be caught upstream from Bertrand Launch. Get on the water at sunrise and catch those early risers. The occasional brown trout can be caught using midges, streamers, hopper patterns. For Rainbows, try drifting zebra midges, numphing and swinging small soft hackles. The white bass and striper fishing has tapered off at White Bass Cove. Not to say they are not there, but the occasional feeding frenzy has been noted when bait fish are present. The Zara Spook in fin/pearl with red head color is the hot ticket, along with pearl. Jerkbaits are also producing. The good lures have been the gold and silver Colorado Spoons, red and gold Bouyant Spoons and Flicker Shad in Pro Series Nos. 4 and 5. Good power bait colors are white, red, orange, yellow, chartreuse and peach. Successful flies have been pheasant tails, midges in blue dun, black, olive, hares ear, tungsten copper Johns, WD40s and Trout Magnets. Catfish are biting on Wicked Sticky catfish bait along with Magic Bait Crawfish/chicken blood bait.