Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water temperature is in the mid-40s and the water is still well above power pool. Crappie are fair on minnows fished around brush in 8 to 12 feet of water. Bass are slow to fair on jerk baits, jigs and crankbaits from the Highway 12 Bridge to the dam. Catfishing is slow. Striper fishing was fairly slow last week.
Baileys Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said stripers are making their way into the backs of coves, feeding on bait using pockets of warmer water. A degree or two is all it takes to concentrate the bait and the stripers. Some fish are using deep water adjacent to road beds, gravel bars, tree lines and bluffs. Again, key on the areas with a little warmer water to concentrate stripers and bait. The fish in the White River and War Eagle arms are located in warmer water pockets or close to the banks and on the bottom along gravel bars as they often do when the water gets cold. Try dragging baits close to these areas and along the bottom on gravel bars. Fishing should be good on live shad fished 20 to 30 feet deep, umbrella rigs with white or chartreuse grubs and flat-line trolled Rapala no. 14 Husky Jerks and Smithwick Rogues in black back or purple back patterns. Check out Indian Creek around the secondary point and past the marina near the power lines. Rocky Branch, Ford Creek, Cedar Creek, Larue, Coppermine, Ventris and Shaddox Hollow. Upstream, the War Eagle and White River areas are really good right now. Walleye are moving into the creek and river arms to spawn as well. Walleye can be found from 5 to 30 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 has worked well. Try slow death rigs and spinner rigs on bottom bouncers in orange/chart. Bink pro scale 1-oz jigging spoons in white or white/chartreuse and a variety of jigs are also producing walleye.
Austin Kennedy of Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service (479-640-8733) said the Corps of Engineers has been releasing a lot of water lately, which can make fishing tricky. Trout are biting very well when waters are calm. Fishing from the bank is still a little questionable with the high water level, but if you can, fish with light terminal tackle with Power Baits on the bottom. Throwing spoons also has produced some nice trout.
Beaver Dam Store said the water is slowly receding. The access areas below the Dam are limited due to flooding. Campground "C" and the Turn-a-round are blocked off until the Corps of Engineers can repair any damages caused by the high water. Watercraft can now launch immediately below the dam as well as at Bertrand Boat Launch. Try fishing Power Bait in white, red, chartreuse, or pink, tipped with wax worms or night crawlers. Trolling Berkley Flicker Shads, no. 9 Rapala Original Minnows and spoons downstream from Betrand Boat Launch has been producing. There is wadeable water right now, but the bottom conditions have changed dramatically since the large releases. Areas where that were wadable before may be much deeper now, and tons of gravel and sand have shifted to create a different bottom contour. Egg patterns, large nymphs, hares ears, midges and pheasant tails are all great patterns to dead drift now.