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Date 23-Jun-16
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Conditions : Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) reported the water clear and at a normal level, with the surface temperature reaching a high this spring from the high-80s to low 90s. It resulted in a good week for fishing, especially in the evening from sundown to sunup. Bass fishing overall was fair, but the night fishing for bass has been very good. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater all were good calls. Catfish were hitting the jugs and trotlines and rated good. Bream were good on worms and crickets. Crappie fishing was fair on minnows and jigs.

Tailwaters - Guide Austin Kennedy said the best bite this past week would have to go to the white bass. The bass are hitting well on various Rapalas between Houseman Access and the dam. If you can get a bait below the bass, you can pick up an occasional walleye or two as well fishing the same method. Generation has been mainly in the afternoon/evening hours, leaving the morning for us fisher folk! Trout are biting on light terminal tackle with various power baits, most noticeably between the Highway 62 bridge, upstream to Parker Bottoms. Smallmouth bass are also hitting well on spoons and shallow water divers in the much warmer waters between Houseman downstream to Beaver town, in little cuts and fishing rocky drop-offs. Crappie are still being caught in deeper water using various jigs and techniques. Also, Kennedy said he knows they have had a lot of sunny days, but if you can get out on an overcast day, you won't be sorry. The brown trout have been very active on these days and hitting in great numbers. Try pulling some CD's, Colorado spoons or Smithwicks in the deeper waters for those guys.

Beaver Dam Store reported the fly fishing below the dam has been pretty good. There have been walleye caught in the Bertrand Launch Area when water is flowing. There are a lot of shad in this area along with predator fish feeding on them. White bass are still being caught below the dam using small articulate streamers. The occasional brown trout can also be caught using midges, streamers, hopper patterns. The white bass and striper fishing has tapered off at White Bass Cove. Not to say they are not there, but the occasional feeding frenzy has been noted when bait fish are present. The Zara Spook in fin/pearl with red head color is the hot ticket, along with pearl. Jerkbaits are also producing. 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 colors are white, red, orange, yellow, chartreuse and peach. Good flies have been Pheasant Tails, midges in blue Dunn, black, olive, hares ear, tungsten copper Johns, WD 40s and Trout Magnets. Catfish are biting on Wicked Sticky bait along with Magic Bait crawfish/chicken blood bait.

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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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