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Date 26-Feb-15
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Conditions : Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is about 7 feet low. Crappie were biting very well before the snow on minnows fished in isolated brush piles. Now they're just fair. Bass are biting well on jerkbaits and crankbaits fished around rocky bluffs. Stripers are in the Point 12 area and are biting live shad. Walleye are in the river and are biting white crankbaits and jerkbaits near channel swings.

Last Week's Report - Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the surface water temperature is in the low 40s. Stripers are moving into tributaries and backs of long coves. They are also in the river and creek arms, feeding intermittently throughout the day on live shad fished from 20 to 60 feet deep. Also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs, plugs on planer boards like Rapala #14 husky jerk's in black back or purple back colors and Smithwick Rogues in similar colors in 5-6 inch models. Bink pro scale 1-oz jigging spoons in white, white with red throat, white many shad and silver many shad are still producing fish. Work the spoon through the school and hang on tight. Jigging spoons are also producing walleye. Dead sticking a flukes or other soft jerkbait in white/chartreuse on ½-oz. to 2-oz. (depending on depth) jig heads also is producing. Lower the lure to just above where the fish are holding and just hold it still. Hot spots include the back of Indian Creek near the power lines, Lost Bridge North, the bars and flats between the Highway 12 Bridge and Prairie Creek, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek, War Eagle Creek and the White River past Point 12. Most walleye are being caught about 5-10 feet deep and can be caught using a variety of methods. Three-way rigs with a number 11 Rapalas or flat line trolling Hot-n-Tots, Wiggle Warts, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripstiks in natural blue or black back combos in clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in areas of stained water. Slow death rigs, Shakee Blade and spinner rigs featuring orange and chartreuse beads are working very well on a bottom bouncers or Three-way rig tipped with minnows, nightcrawlers or leeches. Gulp or Power Bait will work in place of live bait. Jigs with curly tails in white, chartruese, orange or black are good options as well. Walleye are being caught in good numbers Prairie Creek, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek, the War Eagle/White River Junction and the White River upstream of Point 12.

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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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