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Date 08-Feb-24
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Conditions : Beaver Lake: Jon Conklin with FishOn Guide Service (479-233-3474) said, “Beaver Lake has risen up to almost 1115. That is 2 feet higher in the last month. Water temperature is in the low to mid-40s. This warming trend will really help push the prespawn activity. We did have a shad kill when the lake froze over on the south end, which has made striper fishing tough the last two weeks. That will change in the coming month. Walleye are still not in river arms in force. That also will ramp up in the coming weeks. Crappie were the exception as they were hitting fairly well. They are scattered from brush in 15 feet of water to suspended from 1-5 feet deep in water 30-40 feet deep. This bite is a LiveScope/forward sonar bite. The crappie are in the top layer warming up. So, if you have that type of electronics, you will do well.” Water clarity is from stained to muddy, depending on where you fish. There is another push of dirtier water from Neil’s Bluff down to Hickory Creek. The least stained is from Horseshoe down to the dam. “Bass fishing should ramp up on suspended jerkbaits and Alabama rigs off main lake points adjacent to spawning areas. If we don’t get another arctic blast fishing should continue an upward trajectory. Stay safe and good luck!”

Tailwaters - Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) says, “Trout, walleye and water levels are still the story for this week’s report. The water levels are on the rise, but we still need more. The trout bite has picked up, but unless you can get up past Spider Creek, the bite may be a bit difficult. “Here lately, the Corps of Engineers has been releasing water generally a few times a week. During generation, drifting a pink Fireworm has done pretty well. I did get a chance to drift the Fire Tubes that I spoke about in the last report. That process was very successful. We had them tied under a bobber, about 4 feet, and just let it drift.
“As I mentioned in the last report on Jan. 25, we are starting to look for the walleye — well, guess what? We are starting to see some appear in the system. We have focused most of our attention to the upper White River Arm of Table Rock Lake. We got out Tuesday to scout and landed on a good mess of them. Forgoing traditional methods, I wanted to see if the above stated Fire Tubes and Fire Minnows would provoke the same response as the trout; boy, did it! In a four-hour period, we were able to boat five walleye, all of which were 25 inches or bigger (all were released). I could not believe the response I am still getting from these new baits. “Now, how to fish the Fire Minnows and Tubes: Using a 1/16- or ?-ounce jighead, you want to fish and work the minnows in the water columns, paying attention to retrieve and cadence. With the tubes, they are prepackaged with a jighead; just tie it on and start working it. Most of the walleye were caught in 20 feet of water, while the trout were caught above Spider Creek. You will use the above methods for both species.

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