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Date 23-Apr-15
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Conditions : Beaver Lake: Roger Craven of JT's Crappie Guide Service said bass are biting all over the lake. In the river, spinnerbaits and crankbaits have been working well. From midlake to the dam, bass have been caught on a Gambler Little EZ swim bait. The hot bait this week has been the Gambler Giggy head with a Gambler Sweebo worm. Work the Giggy head/Sweebo worm in 10-15 feet of water on secondary points and pockets. Indian Creek, Little Clifty, Ventris, Monte-Ne and Hickory Creek have all been good places to fish for bass. Male crappie have begun to clear out beds close to the bank and a few females have already spawned south of Monte-Ne. North of Monte Ne crappie have been holding out in 25 feet of water with fish being caught near the banks during mid-day. Crappie can be caught by using a 2-inch swim bait under a cork set 3 to 5 feet deep on sloping gravel banks close to laydown trees or flooded logs. For the crappie that have not or already spawned, look for them to be suspending 6 to 10 feet deep around timber close to the creek or run off channel in 15 to 25 feet of water. A 2-inch curly tail grub has been producing for these fish. Monte-NE. Hickory Creek, Piney Creek and upstream from War Eagle Marina in the White River have all been producing good numbers of crappie. White bass are biting well up both river arms and in the backs of main creek arms throughout the lake. They are biting anything that resembles a shad. Catfishing has been slow, but a few can be caught in the evening using liver or cut bait. Hickory Creek, 12 Bridge and the 412 Bridge access have all been good places to fish.

Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said stripers are still in the tributaries and creek channels in the longer arms like Blackburn creek but are using main lake points to feed. They are being caught at night on large surface lures like Redfins and Rapalas. Fishing during the day is good on live shad fished from the surface down to 25 feet deep. Also try trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs or chartreuse for stained water, or troll plugs on flat lines or slightly weighted lines (best options are Rapala no. 14 Husky Jerk's in black back or purple back colors and Smithwick Rogues in similar colors in 5- to 6-inch models. Hot spots for stripers have been the mouth of Indian Creek, the Highway 12 Bridge, Prairie Creek and Blackburn Creek. Walleye and white bass are upriver arms for their spawning run and the bite for them is good. Most walleye are being caught about 5 to 10 feet deep on chartreuse/orange Rapalas on three-way rigs, on jigs tipped with minnows, nightcrawlers or leeches and on slow-death or shakee blade rigs fished with bottom bouncers and baited with nightcrawlers or leeches. Hot spots for walleye have been Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Hickory Creek, War Eagle and the White River/War Eagle junction.

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is slightly high and in the mid-60s. Crappie are biting well on small jigs fished in less than 10 feet of water. White bass are biting well on minnows and shad-imitating lures. Largemouth are spawning and are fair on soft-plastics worked close to their beds. Walleye are finished spawning, and are biting fairly well on trolled crankbaits and spinner rigs fished toward the main lake.

Austin Kennedy of Busch Mountain Fishing Guide Service (479-640-8733) said water temperatures from Spider Creek to Houseman Access ranged from mid- to high 40s, which is excellent for the trout and normal for this time of season and generation schedule. The preferred method this week to catch trout from the bank has been with light terminal tackle and PowerBait. If you have the chance to get out on a boat, try trolling a Rapala CD 5, F-9 or X-Rap. Both gold and silver spoons have produced nice numbers as well. White bass are scattered from Holiday Island to Housman Access. As with last week, no bait balls have been found, so the whites and walleye won't be in that "feeding frenzy" just yet. Both species have been caught, just not in the numbers as this time last year. When we get a break from this rain and the sun starts to heat things up, that should help move things along.

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