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Date 20-Apr-17
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Conditions : Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the crappie are spawning and they’re hitting anything small and attractive, like anything by Bobby Garland. Minnows are also getting some crappie hits. Bass fishing has been good. Catfishing has also been good. White bass having not been as good as they usually are now, and they appear to be spawning further out. Striper action is very good right now. It’s fishing season in the Ozarks, Larry at Southtown says. Fishing along the shoreline, almost anything you throw will bring a response from something. This type of reaction from the fish will last at least the next two weeks, so don’t miss the opportunity to take advantage of it.

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said striper activity forecast for the week is good. Beaver Lake Striper are on the move back to the main lakes and are on the feed with most striper using 20-100-plus feet of water. Some stripers are using gravel bars, points, humps, treetops and cuts in the bank to corner bait. Fishing free lines and lightly weighted downlines will definitely catch fish. There has been some topwater activity from stripers and white bass. Striper fishing will be good fishing live shad free and downlines; also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white or chartreus grubs in stained water, or plugs like Rapala No. 14 husky jerks in black back or purple back colors as well as Smithwick Rogues in similar colors in 5-6-inch model on plane boards with snap weights to get some depth and stagger your presentation. Jerkbaits like flukes, swimbaits and jigs will also produce. Topwaters like 7-inch Redfins, Spooks, Pencil Poppers need to be tied on and ready. Fish location is greatly influenced by lake level and current flow. Current in the lake from generation will generally position fish on upstream or downstream edges of structure. Check the daily lake level and flow data link on Bailey’s website. Water currently is in the mid- to high 60s at the surface. Check out these hot spots in the mid and lower sections: Indian Creek, Lost Bridge North, Big Clifty, points 5 and 6, Rambo Creek Arm, Rocky Branch, Ford and Cedar creeks, Larue, Coppermine, Ventris, Shaddox Hollow, Highway 12 Bridge and Prairie Creek (20-50 feet of water). Surface water temps are in the low to mid-70s in the upper section, and Blackburn Creek remains a hot spot.

Bailey says walleye are making their way back to the main lake in numbers in late spring/summer migration mode and can be found scattered throughout the lake and are on the feed. Walleye can be found from 10-30 feet deep depending on areas you fish. Use three-way rigging Rapalas in natural colors for clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in areas of stained water. Try Rapala Tail Dancers, Bagley Rumble B's, Flicker Shad and Bandit 300 Series in colors that include orange and chartreuse. Also 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 combination and a variety of jigs are also producing walleye.

Tailwaters - Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) said fishing the past week has been great. White bass have been biting between Houseman Access and Beaver town. Trolling various hard baits in 5-10 feet of water should produce. Walleye have been caught in the tailwaters using jigs with live minnows and various hard baits. Crappie have been caught in low brush piles with white and chartreuse twist tail grubs. Trout are being caught with 1/4-ounce spoons and light terminal tackle with various PowerBaits.

Beaver Dam Store said the stocking trucks were dumping trout directly below Beaver Dam and at the Bertrand Boat Ramp late last week. Looks like the Norfork fish hatchery stocked some nice trout, as numerous fisherman, fly and bait alike, are reporting the quality of fish being caught are exceptional! Try fishing the Twin Rock area adjacent to Parker Bottoms Campground, Cain Break and The Turn-around as starters. Upstream from Parkers Bottoms in the Trophy Management Area, fly-fisherman are reporting catching quality fish. Reports are that walleye are being caught using jerkbaits, count-downs and 1/8-ounce jigheads tipped with gulp-scented baits. Beware of low water conditions as the bottom is constantly changing; new gravel bars are everywhere. Fish hare’s ears nymphs, sowbugs and midges in olive, blue dun, black and gold. Periods of generation have begun again after no running water since March 3. Fishing should be on fire after the flow slows. Always be aware of water conditions as water levels rise abruptly when generation starts. Good lures to use around this area are gold and silver Colorado Spoons, red and gold Bouyant Spoons, and Flicker Shad in Pro Series Nos. 4 and 5. Good PowerBait colors are white, red, orange, yellow, chartreuse and peach. Good flies are pheasant tails, midges in blue dun, black, olive, hare’s ear, tungsten copper Johns, WD40s, Trout Magnets and San Juan worms. Beaver Dam Store will return to regular hours (7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily) starting April 27.

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About: - Beaver Lake: Widely recognized as an outstanding fishing resource. The striper fishery deserves special mention as one of the nations finest, with potential to produce record fish in the 50-pound category. More information

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