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Date 28-Apr-16
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Conditions : Beaver Lake: Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said stripers are making their way back out of the river and creek arms, feeding on bait. There has been some nice topwater action. Some stripers are using gravel bars, points, humps, and cuts in the bank to corner bait. The fish still in the White River and War Eagle arms are feeding heavily throughout the day, gorging on shad. Try lightly weighted lines, free lines, balloons, planer boards in presenting your baits. The white bass run is finishing up; they are making their way back toward the main lake, and can be caught using a variety of methods, including grubs, spoons, Rooster Tails. Use lures in orange, chartreuse and white. It is time to night fish with lights under the Highway 12 bridge. Stripers can be taken on live shad fished on free lines and down lines from surface to about 20 feet deep and on trolled umbrella rigs with white or chartreuse grubs. Trolling Rapala no. 14 Huskey Jerks and Smithwick Rogues in black or purple-backed colors will produce. Soft jerkbaits like Zoom Flukes also work well.

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is stained and at normal level. The surface water temperature is in the mid-60s. Bream are biting well on redworms and crickets fished in 4 to 8 feet of water. Crappie are biting well on minnows and tube jigs in 5 to 10 feet of water with the mornings being the best time to go after them. Bass are biting well on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft-plastic tubes. Cordell Redfins are working well right now. Catfishing is slow, but an occasional fish has been caught on goldfish. White bass are biting well on Rooster Tails and on jigs or minnows drifted under a float.

Tailwaters - Austin Kennedy of Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service (479-640-8733) said anglers should make plans to hit the tailwater soon. Fishing is excellent. Generation is normal for this time of year, and the water temperature is warming slowly. There is plenty of bait from Houseman Access to Spider Creek. Trolling and casting various crankbaits to match the baitfish is the way to go. Walleye are still being caught jigging live minnows and various soft plastics. If you have a depth finder, you can find the eyes near the bottom. Rainbow trout are being caught in very nice numbers with various Power Baits on light terminal tackle. Throwing ¼-oz. spoons also has been a good bet for trout. Crappie are being caught on live minnows fished under a slip bobber around brush piles and stick ups. White bass are hitting various crankbaits that dive to about 10 feet deep between Beaver and Houseman Access.

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