Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) reported that no one had been fishing and there were no reports.
Baileys Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said striper activity forecast for the week is good. Stripers are in the creek arms and on the feed. Some Beaver Lake striper are using gravel bars, points, humps, treetops and cuts in the bank to corner bait. Fishing free lines and lightly weighted downlines will definitely get you some fish. There has been some topwater activity from striper and white bass. Beaver lake striper fishing will be good with striper taken on live shad fished on free and downlines from the surface down to about 20 feet deep. Also trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs or chartreuse for stained water, and you can use plugs like Rapala No. 14 husky jerks in black back or purple back colors and 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, Zara Spooks, Pencil Poppers, will bring success. Have them ready to go. 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 Mike Baileys daily lake level and flow data link on his website. On the mid- and lower sections check out these hot spots, where water surface temps in the mid-40s, and keep eyes out for surfacing fish: Indian creek (check past the marina near power lines), Lost Bridge North, Big Clifty, points 5 and 6, Rambo Creek Arm, Rocky Branch, Ford and Cedar creeks, Larue, Coppermine, Ventris, Shaddox Hollow (look in 5-35 feet of water for striper). Also, in the upper section, check in 3-35 feet of water where fishing has been hot here: Highway 12 bridge, Prairie Creek, Coose Hollow, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Mont Ne. Also, white bass are surfacing and walleye are being caught in good numbers around Horseshoe Bend, while Hickory Creek, War Eagle and the War Eagle/White River junction (Point 12) are hot spots for striper in 5-15 feet of water.
Bailey also says that walleye can be found from 10-30 feet deep throughout the lake. He uses three-way rigging Rapalas in natural colors for clear water and chartreuse/orange or clown colors in stained areas. Try Rapala Tail Dancers, Bagley Rumble Bs, Flicker Shad, and Bandit 300 Series in such colors as orange or 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 - Beaver Dam Store said the cold weather is keeping many fishermen out of the water. The trout don't seem to mind, though. You can still catch a limit; however, the take has slowed down considerably. Norfork hatchery dumped trout last week. Water levels remain low and many areas are accessible for the individuals that wish to wade fish. Conventional fisherman can appreciate the abundance of river banks that are accessible. Sources at Beaver Dam indicated that one generator is out of commission. It has been relayed that it could take up to one to two years to get it sent off, rewound and reinstalled. Who knows what this will do to generation schedules. Midges, scuds, San Juans, peach micro egg patterns, Hare's ears and nymphs are working well.
Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) has been off the water for several weeks but will resume fishing and submitting reports soon.