Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is clear and level of the lake there was low. Bass are good using spinners, crankbaits or jerkbaits. Crappie are shallow and the bite is fair on minnows or jigs. Bream reports were fair. Catfishing is poor.
Baileys Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said water surface temps in the low 40s and stripers remain in the creek arms and are on the feed. 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 definitely get you some fish. There has been some topwater activity from striper and white bass. Beaver lake striper fishing will be good using live shad fished on free and downlines from the surface down to about 20 feet deep; also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs or chartreuse for stained water, or 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. Jerkbaits like flukes, swimbaits and jigs will also produce. Topwaters like 7-inch Redfins, Spooks, Pencil Poppers also need to be tied on and ready to throw. 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 Mikes website. On the mid- and lower sections check out these hot spots: Indian Creek, Lost Bridge North, Big Clifty and at points 5 and 6. In Shaddox Hollow, check in water 5-35 deep for Beaver Lake striper as they are making their way up the creek arms. Keep your eyes out for surfacing fish. The upper section of the lake is hot throughout; check out these areas in 5-35 feet depth for striper: Highway 12 bridge (in 5-35 feet of water), Prairie Creek (5-35 feet), Coose Hollow (5-35 feet), Blackburn Creek (5-35 feet depth), Beaver Shores, Mont Ne, War Eagle (5-15 feet of water) and at the War Eagle/White River Junction, or Point 12 (5-15 feet of water).
Bailey adds that around Horseshoe Bend in the upper section, white bass are surfacing, while walleye are being caught in good numbers and also can be found scattered still around the lake and are on the feed. Walleye can be found 10-30 feet deep depending on areas you fish. Try three-way rigging Rapalas in natural colors for clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in areas of stained water. Also use Rapala tail dancers, Bagley Rumble B's, Flicker Shad, Bandit 300 series in colors that include orange and chartreuse. Slow death rigs and spinner rigs on bottom bouncers in orange/chartreuse will also work. Bink Pro Scale 1-ounce jigging spoons in white or white/chartreuse combination, as well as a variety of jigs, are also producing walleye.
Tailwaters - Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) said he put in at Holiday Island and worked his way up toward Houseman Access to assess river conditions and do a little fishing. Bottom line, the river is extremely low from Houseman up to the dam. A lot of places are impassable by boat. Now, to the fishing. Water temperature was consistent from Holiday Island to Houseman at 50 degrees. A couple of walleye were caught using Rapalas being trolled. The female that was kept had eggs, but in the very early stages. Not many walleyes were marked. Trout were caught using light terminal tackle using various PowerBaits. Smallmouths were biting on crankbait and soft plastic being tossed toward structures.