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Date 18-Aug-16
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Conditions : Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) reported the lake level and current as normal for this time of year, and the clarity was clear. Fishing are schooling around Point 12 and are being caught. Crappie are fair on minnows, jigs and trolling with shad. Bass are fair both early in the day and late using black spinnerbaits, crankbaits, dark plastic worms, topwater baits and Shaky Heads. Catfishing is good on trotlines with live bait and goldfish.

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) reported striper activity forecast for the week is good. Mike has been seeing some topwater activity from white bass and stripers in the 5-15-pound range, so make sure you have a swimbait, spoon, jig or favorite topwater like a Zara Spook tied on and ready for blasting fish. They are chasing bait up from about 30 feet deep, pinning them to the surface, and will hit anything thrown into the fray while moving at a fast pace out of it. Hang on when they hit! Beaver Lake stripers are on main lake structures and mouths of coves, etc. Some Beaver Lake stripers are using gravel bars, points, humps, treetops and cuts in the bank to corner bait. Fishing weighted-down lines will definitely get you some fish. Striper will hit live shad fished on down lines 30-60 feet deep. Also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs or chartreuse for stained water, 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 downriggers. Jerkbaits like flukes, swimbaits and jigs will also produce. Fish are greatly influenced by lake level and current flow, and current in the lake from generation will generally position fish on upstream or downstream edges of structure; check Bailey’s web site for daily lake level and flow data link. Water surface temps are in the mid-80s. Chuck out these hot areas on the mid- and lower sections: Dam and Hybrid Cove, Point 1, Indian Creek, Lost Bridge North, Point 3, Lost Bridge South, Point 4, Big Clifty and Point 5. Walley are on the main lake in numbers and on the feed. They can be found in 10-20-feet depth depending on where 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 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 - Beaver Dam Store reported the fly fishing has been pretty good. Fishing the tailwaters of Beaver Dam should remain good. Norfork hatchery dumped trout last Friday around 11:30 a.m. Fishing should be excellent Saturday and Sunday below the dam. The browns can be caught using midges, streamers, hopper patterns. For rainbows, try drifting zebra midges, numphing and swinging small soft hackles. Good lures have been gold and silver Colorado Spoons, red and gold Bouyant Spoons, Flicker Shad in pro series sizes 4 and 5. Good PowerBait colors are white, red, orange, yellow, chartreuse and peach. Good flies continue to be pheasant tails, midges in blue dun, black, olive or hares ear, tungsten copper Johns, WD 40s and Trout Magnets. Catfish are biting on Wicked Sticky catfish bait along with Magic Bait crawfish/chicken blood bait.

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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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