Beaver Lake: - Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the lake has a slight stain. The water is cold. Bream are fair. Crappie are good. Crappie are in 3-5 feet of water around brush piles. Use minnows or jigs. Bass are fair; use spinnerbaits. Catfishing is fair. Prepared baits are working best.
Baileys Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) says the striper activity forecast for the week is good. Topwater action is good. Stripers are using backs of coves, creek arms and shallow gravel bars. Anglers have also been seeing a lot of 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 the surface and about 10 feet deep in order to ensure that you have a good spread, and 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, Smithwick Rogues in similar colors in 5-6-inch model on planer boards to stagger your presentation. Make sure you do not keep striper under 20 inches and not more than three stripers or hybrid 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 Mike Baileys website linked above.Remember: Live bait is the go-to approach on Beaver Lake when fishing for trophy stripers. Water surface temperatures are in the high 40s to low 50s. Check out these hot spots on the mid- and lower sections of the lake, and check the main lake structures, humps and secondary points in the area where the channel intersects: Big Clifty, Point 5, Point 6, Rambo Creek Arm, Rocky Branch, Ford and Cedar creeks, Larue, Coppermine, Ventris and Shaddox Hollow. In the upper section, check out the Highway 12 bridge, Prairie Creek, Coose Hollow, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Escapalia Hollow/Falls Hollow, Horseshoe Bend, Mont Ne, Hickory Creek, War Eagle and the War Eagle/White River junction. Walleye are in their fall migration and can be found from 20-30 feet deep depending on areas you fish. Go with 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 B's, Flicker Shad, Bandit 300 Series and Arkie 350s in colors that include orange and chartreuse. Slow death rigs and spinner rigs on bottom bouncers in orange/chartreuse also are getting responses.
Tailwaters - Beaver Dam Store said fisherman in boats are catching their limits while drifting with PowerBait and waxworm combos. Nightcrawlers are working well for catching trout. Fish the Bertrand Access and the launching ramp just below the dam using PowerBait. Also, try fishing the Parker Bottoms area. When water is flowing, throw quarter-ounce spoons. Flicker Shad in Pro Series Nos. 4 and 5 are also doing the job. Other good lures are gold and silver Colorado Spoons and red and gold Bouyant Spoons. Good PowerBait colors are white, red, orange, yellow, chartreuse and peach. When using flies, go with pheasant tails, midges in blue dunn, black, olive, hares ear, tungsten Copper Johns, WD 40s, Trout Magnets and San Juan Worms. Store hours for the winter are 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.