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Date 26-May-16
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Conditions : Beaver Lake: Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said striper activity forecast for the week is good. The stripers are feeding on spawning shad near bluffs, tree lines and rock piles and crawfish and located near rock piles they are feeding on shad spawn. There has still been some nice topwater action. Some stripers are using gravel bars, points, humps and cuts in the bank to corner bait. Stripers that are up in the White River and War Eagle arms are feeding heavily throughout the day, gorging on spawning shad. Try lightly weighted lines, free lines, balloons and planer boards in presenting your baits and it will definitely get you some fish. 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 and Rooster Tails. Use colors including orange, chartreuse, white or combinations of the three. Water surface temperatures are in the high 60s, low 70s. These are the hot spots on the lake: Indian Creek, Coppermine, Ventris, Shaddox Hollow, the Highway 12 bridge, Prairie Creek, Coose Hollow, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Escapalia Hollow/Falls Hollow and Horseshoe Bend. Walleye are in the creek and river arms and finishing their spawn. They can be found from 5-15 feet depth. Three-way rigging Rapalas in natural colors will work for clear water; use chartreuse/orange and clown colors in stained water. Try slow death rigs and spinner rigs on bottom bouncers in orange/chartreuse. Bink pro scale 1-ounce jigging spoons in white

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) reported that surface temperatures were in the low 70s on the lake, which was at normal level and most clear but showing a little stain in parts. Bream fishing was good in 4-8 feet depth using worms, crickets, wax worms and live bait. Bass fishing was good in deeper water, around the 10-foot depth, with spinners, crankbait, plastic worms and topwater all getting ation. Crappie fishing would pick up in deeper water, around 18 feet, but was just fair; jigs were working best. Catfishing was poor, with most action on trotlines using goldfish.

Tailwaters - Austin Kennedy of Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service (479-640-8733) said water temperature and generation have been consistent this week, which is normal for this time of year. The white bass are still biting if you can find the traveling schools. Most have been marked between Houseman Access and Beaver. The whites have been biting on various Rapalas trolled at 6-12 feet. Bait fish are still being marked, but mostly in warmer waters downstream from Houseman. Crappie are still biting on live minnows fished under a slip bobber. Try fishing stick-ups and brush piles in 6-10 feet of water. The trout are very active biting on Rapalas, spoons and various powerbaits fished with light terminal tackle. Walleye are being caught in much deeper water in the river and up into the lakes. Trolling Flicker shads and Rapalas have been the preferred method. Smallmouth bass are being caught in coves and around stick-ups throwing various Rapalas and spoons.

Beaver Dam Store said fishing has been good; the hatchery truck just dumped trout last Friday morning and the bite is on. Good lures are gold and silver Colorado Spoons, red and gold Bouyant Spoons, Flicker shad in pro series Nos. 4 and 5. Good power baits are white, red, orange, yellow and chartreuse. Good flies are pheasant tails, midges in Blue Dunn, black and olive. The white bass and stripers are hitting really well at White Bass Cove. The Zara Spook in bone color is the hot ticket along withe pearl white 6-inch Sluggos. Jerkbaits are also producing numbers of fish.

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