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Date 12-Jul-18
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Conditions : Beaver Lake: - Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) says stripers are making their way north and are scattered throughout the lake. They are still using mouths of coves and tree lines adjacent to the channel. Some stripers are still making their way out of the river to the main lake. For you diehard live baiters, fishing with green lights at night and using weighted lines, balloons and downlines between about 20-40 feet deep during daylight hours should get you some stripers. For the artificial baits you can 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, and Smithwick Rogues in similar colors in the 5-6-inch model on planer boards to stagger your presentation. Downrigging said baits will be effective, too. Make sure you do not keep striper under 20 inches and not more than three striper, hybrid or combination of the two. Know your species and make sure you identify any fish you keep. There is no limit on white bass. 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 Bailey’s website. Live bait as always is the go-to approach on Beaver Lake when fishing for trophy stripers. Water surface temperatures are in the mid-80s. Mike suggest checking out these hot spots in the mid- and upper sections: Beaver Lake Dam, Point 1, Lost Bridge South, Rocky Branch, Ford and Cedar creeks, Larue, Coppermine, Ventris, Shaddox Hollow. At the Highway 12 bridge and Prairie Creek, pay attention to areas around the islands and Point 10, a lot of fish are coming out of the river late due to high water.

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the clarity of the lake is clear and the surface water temperature is 83 degrees (as of Monday). Bream are fair on worms or crickets. There are lot of ways to get to the crappie, and reports have been good. Some anglers have been trolling. Arrive really early, or wait until just before dark, for the bass bite, which they rate as fair. Spinnerbaits, topwaters and Texas-rigged worms are working best. Catfish are good on prepared bait and live bait.

Tailwaters - Guide Austin Kennedy (479-244-0039) said fishing has been spot-on this past week, and the weather over the weekend was fantastic for fishing. The trout have been hitting the PowerBaits hard. The hot spot has been between Spider Creek and U.S. Highway 62 bridge. Fishing various PowerBaits under light terminal tackle has been the best combination. The trout have also responded well to spoons of various colors in the quarter-ounce range. Smallmouths were hitting on soft plastics and hard jerkbaits fishing structure and chunk rock. Austin says, “We have some rain forecasted in the upcoming week, but it should not be enough to slow things down. Speaking of slowing things down, over the weekend there were some folks in big boats (too big for the tailwaters) who had a complete disregard for the safety of kayakers and fishermen in smaller boats. These bigger boats were speeding past the kayakers and smaller boats, causing them to be swamped. Folks, it is imperative that safe boating operations are practiced. With the conditions in the tailwaters, along with heavy boating and kayaking traffic, very serious injury or death can easily occur. I implore anyone who observes unsafe boating to report that boat to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and the Arkansas Fish and Game Commission. As always, were your life jacket, have fun, stay safe and catch some fish.”

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About: - Beaver Lake: Widely recognized as an outstanding fishing resource. The striper fishery deserves special mention as one of the nations finest, with potential to produce record fish in the 50-pound category. More information

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