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Date 17-Jun-17
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Conditions : Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the lake’s clarity is clearing, and the water level remains high. Bream were fair this past week on worms or crickets. Crappie reports were fair. Some anglers were trolling along the deep areas with small cranks. Minnows were also getting a response. Bass are good, particularly the deeper you can fish. The topwater bite was there in the morning. Anglers were using spinnerbaits, plastic worms and jigs. Catfishing is fair. They appear to be spawning around the docks. On a 1-5 scale, Southtown rated the fishing a 4.

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said water temperatures are in the high 70s, and striper activity forecast for the week is good. They are on the feed with most stripers using 20-100 feet of water. The mud line is clearing nicely. 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 get you some fish. Night fishing has also been productive in these areas. Some stripers are keyed on the spawning shad and patrolling areas that the shad are spawning in. 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 lines and downlines from the surface down to about 50 feet deep; also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs or chartreuse for stained water, as well as 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. Jerk baits like flukes, swimbaits and jigs will also produce. Topwaters like 7-inch Redfins, Spooks and 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 Mike’s website linked above.

On the mid and lower sections check out these hot spots: Indian Creek, Lost Bridge North, Big Clifty, points 5 and 6, Rambo Creek Arm, Rocky Branch, Ford and Cedar creeks and Larue.

Horseshoe bend has white bass surfacing, while walleye being caught in numbers as well. Walleye continue 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. 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, Bandit 300 Series in colors that include orange and chartreuse. Also give slow death rigs and spinner rigs on bottom bouncers in orange/chartreuse a try. Bink Pro Scale 1-ounce jigging spoons in white or white/chartreuse combo and a variety of jigs are also producing walleye.

Tailwaters - Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) said, “Encouraging news! The water in the tailwaters is starting to go down and the bite is picking up.” Austin reported water temperatures between Houseman Access and the U.S. Highway 62 bridge ranging from mid-60s down to the upper 50s. Water clarity is still less than optimal. You can find pockets of trout between the 62 bridge and Spider Creek. Unfortunately, you will still need a boat to access these areas. Trout are biting on various PowerBaits fished with light terminal tackle. Trout are also hitting Rapalas and spoons being trolled between Houseman and the 62 bridge. Smallmouths are hitting on various crankbaits and soft plastics thrown at structure and in coves between Houseman and Beaver town.

Beaver Dam Store reported fish were stocked last week and the fish are eager to eat whatever you throw at them. With the water in its current condition, fish the boat ramp just below the dam and at Bertrand. Bank fishing is limited due to the high water however, there is still room to fish, just got to get out there and find it. Only one week left in the snagging season. Game fish may be snagged from the bank below Beaver Dam, from the Corps of Engineers "No fishing beyond this point" sign, downstream to the first Corps of Engineers boat ramp on the left descending bank until June 15. Good lures for anglers at Beaver Dam Store 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 or olive; hare’s ear, tungsten copper johns, WD40s, Trout Magnets and San Juan Worms.

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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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