Beaver Lake: - Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the lakes clarity is good for fishing. Surface temperature earlier this week was in the mid-70s. The level for Beaver Lake was little above normal for early October. Bream are slowing down. Results were poor. Worms and crickets. Crappie reports were best if trolling with crankbaits. Fair results still. Bass are fair, but its getting better, they report. Square crankbaits will get the best responses, and keep throwing spinnerbaits and topwater lures. Catfishing is fair. Chicken liver and prepared baits are best now.
Baileys Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) says striper forecast for the week is good. Stripers are still on the feed in their summer areas but most fish are on the move toward fall areas and your best bet is to cover lots of water, paying close attention to what Mike Bailey refers to as high percentage spots. High percentage spots are typically points, humps, pockets or tree lines where stripers can corner bait. Some striper can be caught fishing the open water or channel areas near high percentage spots as well. We have also been seeing some fish surfacing so have your spoons, jigs or topwater plugs handy in order to capitalize on a quick rush when they pin bait to the surface. Fishing free lines, balloons and downlines between 10 feet deep to about 40 feet in order to ensure you have a good spread. You can also try trolling umbrella rigs with white or chartreuse jigs/grubs or plugs like Rapala No. 14 husky jerks in black back or purple back colors, or 5-6-inch model of Smithwick Rogues in similar colors on down riggers or snap weights and planer boards to get some depth and stagger your presentation. Make sure you do not keep stripers under 20 inches and not more than three stripers or hybrids or combination. Walleye must be 18 inches long with a limit of four. 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 Baileys website linked above. On the mid- and lower sections, water surface temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s. These are hot spots: Indian Creek, Lost Bridge North, Point 4, Big Clifty, Point 5 (check main lake structures, humps and secondary points in the area where the channel intersects), Point 6, Rambo Creek Arm, Ford and Cedar creeks, Larue, Coppermine, Ventris and Shaddox Hollow.
Walleye are in their fall migration mode and can be found from 20-30 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. Also try Rapala Tail Dancers, Bagley Rumble Bs, Flicker Shad, Bandit 300 Series and Arkie 350s in colors that include orange and chartreuse. Give a try to slow death rigs and spinner rigs on bottom bouncers in orange/chartreuse. Bailey says theyve been getting a lot of walleye over 50-100 feet of water 25-35 feet deep off of rocky points and tree lines on the main lake. Bink Pro Scale 1-ounce jigging spoons in white or white/chartreuse combo and a variety of jigs typically produce walleye here.
Tailwaters - Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) says the front that has blown in slowed the vote a little today. Water temperatures between Houseman and Highway 62 bridge were in the mid to high 50s. Trout were caught on light terminal tackle using various PowerBaits and power eggs. Trout also responded nicely to spoons of various colors. The generation has stopped pretty much in the morning times, with the Army Corps of Engineers picking it up in the afternoon/evening. Remember, as far as the generation schedule is concerned, there is an app for that! Austin says he would suggest sticking with PowerBaits and hitting those deeper pockets of water and doing a little drift-fishing.
Beaver Dam Store said the water is off below Beaver Dam. Fly-fisherman are reporting numbers of trout being caught. Generation was off Friday, Oct. 6, until 2 p.m. The brown trout should start spawning really soon if they haven't already started doing so, so be aware of the reds in the river and not walk all over them. Fisherman in boats are catching their limits while drifting with Powerait and waxworm combos. There have been some walleye caught using nightcrawlers. Nightcrawlers are working well for catching trout. Fish the Bertrand and the launching ramp just below the dam using PowerBait. Also, try fishing the Parkers Bottom area. When water is flowing, throw quarter-ounce spoons. Flicker shad are also doing the job. Starting October 23, the store will be closed Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and will be open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The store also notes that its annual one-fly, one-lure tournament is Saturday, Oct. 21. Pick up a registration at the front desk of the store.