Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said water is low and clear, and the surface temperature is in the low 70s. Bream are fair on crickets. Crappie are fair on minnows; youll find crappie at 10 feet or less depth. Bass are in shallow depth both early in the day and late and are biting fair. Use a spinnerbait, crankbait or topwater lure. Catfishing is fair on prepared baits or shad. Stripers are busy in the river and are hitting topwater lures and live shad.
Baileys Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the lake turnover has occurred, getting the stripers on the move using main lake structures, mouths of coves, etc., as they move into tributaries. Some stripers are using gravel bars, points, humps, treetops and cuts in the bank to corner bait. Fishing free lines, balloons and planers will definitely get you some fish. There has been an abundance of topwater activity from striper and white bass. Striper fishing will be good with striper taken on live shad fished from 0-30 feet deep. Also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white or chartreuse grubs for stained water; use plugs like the Rapala No. 14 Husky Jerks in black back or purple back colors and Smithwick Rogues in similar colors in 5-6-inch model on downriggers. Jerkbaits like flukes, swimbaits and jigs will also produce. Topwater baits like redfins in 7-inch Zara Spooks, Pencil Poopers, etc., are working. Have em 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 Baileys web site. The go-to approach on Beaver Lake when fishing for trophy stripers is to use live shad. Water surface temperature has been in the high 60s. On the mid- and lower sections of the lake, these areas have been the striper hot spots recently: Indian Creek, Lost Bridge North, Big Clifty, Point 5, Point 6, Rambo Creek arm, Rocky Branch, Ford and Cedar creeks, Larue, Coppermine, Ventris, and Shaddox Hollow. On the upper section, check out the Highway 12 bridge and Prairie Creek (white bass are surfacing). Walleye are making their way out of the main lake in numbers in fall migration mode but can be found scattered still around 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 try slow death rigs and spinner rigs on bottom bouncers in orange/chartreuse. Bink Pro Scale 1-ounce jigging spoons in white or white/chartreuse combination and a variety of jigs are also producing walleye.
Tailwaters - 11/3 Beaver Dam Store reported the browns are spawning. Please be respective of the reds that are being laid. Trout hatchery trucks have recently dumped trout below the dam and at the Bertrand ramp. Reports from fishermen are off the charts. People are catching limits of fish left and right! If you get the chance, fish the tailwaters; you wont be disappointed. There are many areas to fish now that the water levels are down. Boaters, beware of the low water conditions. Many new gravel bars have exposed themselves causing dangerous conditions. Trout can be caught using midges, streamers, Y2Ks and San Juan worms. Try drifting zebra midges, nymphing and swinging small soft hackles, scuds and cracklebacks. Good lures are gold and silver Colorado Spoons, red and gold Bouyant Spoons and Flicker Shad in Pro Series No. 4s and 5s. Try PowerBait in white, red, orange, yellow, chartreuse and peach. Good flies are pheasant tails, midges in blue dun, black, olive, hares ear, tungsten copper Johns, WD40s, Trout Magnets and San Juan worms. Catfish are biting on wicked sticky catfish bait along with Magic Bait crawfish/chicken blood bait.
Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) said the river is exceptionally low; however, that has not stopped the trout from biting. This will be a short report. Trout are biting on various PowerBaits fished with light terminal tackle. Various spoons are doing the trick as well. The deeper water between Houseman and Beaver are producing some very nice trout. Fly fishermen will enjoy the shallow waters between the dam and Spider Creek.