Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is clear but should change from the recent rain. Crappie are fair on minnows and jigs fished in brush. Bass are fair on spinnerbaits and topwater lures. Catfishing is slow. Stripers have moved into the river arms around the upper White River. White bass are hitting small spoons and Rooster Tails.
Baileys Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the annual HOFNOD event has been rescheduled to March 29, 2016, due to the nasty weather. Thank you to all volunteers who donate their valuable time to our community. The water is in the low 60s. Stripers have left their deep-water summer haunts and have made their way up rivers and creek arms. Watch for surface action in pockets along the creek arms and main lake especially from Prairie Creek past the junction of the White and War Eagle at Point 12 and on up both branches as far your boat can go. Watch for floating debris from the heavy rain we are received Monday and Tuesday. Fishing is good with live shad fished from the surface down to 25 feet deep. Also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs or chartreuse grubs for stained water. Plugs trolled on flat lines or slightly weighted lines will work. Try using large, slender 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. Striper are also being caught at night by casting main lake points with large surface lures like Redfins and Rapalas or large Rat-L-Traps. Try large swim baits cast on points also during the day and at night. The upper section of the lake is really turning on as well as Indian creek arm and Big Clifty creek arm. Prairie Creek, Hickory Creek also are seeing heavy concentrations of stripers right now. War Eagle, the White River and the junction of the two are all extremely hot right now as well. Most walleye have moved to the second drop and are being caught about 8-15 feet deep. They can be caught using a variety of methods. Try three-way rigging Rapalas in natural colors for clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in areas of stained water. Also try Shad Raps in natural colors and Rat-L Traps trolled at 1-2 mph. Large swim baits fished near the bottom around schools of shad also. Live minnows backtrolled on live bait rigs with a slip sinker also will produce.
Tailwaters - Austin Kennedy of Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service (479-640-8733) said fishing has been good this past week. The generation schedule is allowing for more bank fishing as well. Trout are being caught on light terminal tackle baited with Power Bait. Spoons in ¼-oz. size have also been working well. Water temperatures have been in the mid 40s to low 50s from Spider Creek Island to Houseman Access.