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Beaver Lake Stripers
State Striped Bass Record
to Jeff Fletcher 64 Lbs 8 oz. caught on the white river near the dam at Beaver Lake Arkansas
Beaver Lake record belongs to Holt Holyfield
of Rogers Arkansas
This 57 pound striped bass caught in 1999 in Beaver lake Arkansas
also was the Former state record
Hybrid striper record
for Beaver lake
Striped Bass fishing
The hows and whats of trolling for stripers
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 lb category. 28,220 acres.
Big Stripers are the main attraction at Beaver
Lake, which spreads over 28,220 acres in the Ozark Mountains. Beaver
Lake is intentionally managed for Big Stripers, not big numbers,
according to fisheries biologist over the lake for the AGFC. Stripers
average 10 to 15 pounds , and 30- to 40- pound fish show up with
pretty good regularity.
Beaver Lake produced a former state-record striper,
which weighed 57 pounds caught in 1999 by Holyfield of Rogers
Arkansas. In addition, the current state record, a 64-pound, 8-ounce
giant that is also a line-class world record for 12-pound test,
came from the Beaver Lake tailwater. The section of river where Jeff
Fletcher caught the record fish is not stocked with stripers,
so biologists believe that it was actually a Beaver Lake fish
that went through the dam at some point.
Because of its size and depth, Beaver Lake offers good habitat
even through the hottest days of summer. In addition to stripers,
which get stocked at a target rate of 200,000 fish per year (though
in some years actual numbers are much lower), Beaver gets a dose
of hybrids stocked in it every three or four years.
Beaver Lake supports a good shad population, with both threadfin
and gizzard shad in the mix. Striped bass growth rates, which biologists
keep a close eye on, are very good.
The stripers make a distinct run up the lake's two main arms during
March and April in an attempt to spawn and in the summer most fish
are within about six miles of the dam, where the best deep-water
habitat is found. During May, however they might be just about
Fishermen rely on one of three basic methods during
late spring. The first is topwater fishing, which is at its best
during May, this is probably the most exciting way to catch stripers
and the best bet for anglers who haven't done a lot of striper
fishing Spooks and Red Fins are prime lures,
In addition to fishing big plugs on the surface,live-bait fishing
and trolling are the two most popular and effective ways to target
Beaver Lake stripers. Most live-bait fishermen use small to medium-sized
gizzard shad, which they may fish on free-lines, suspend under
balloons or fish straight down on down-lines. Tactics vary according
to whether stripers are schooling and how deep most shad and stripers
show up on the graph.
Trollers typically use downriggers to put their offering right
at the depths where they see the most baitfish or stripers. Downriggers
allow for very precise depth control, which sometimes is critical
for striper fishing. Most trolling striper fishermen pull crankbaits
or elongated minnow-shaped plugs. A few also troll umbrella rigs
with bucktails on them.
and hybrid bass combined daily limit is three. Keep in mind tailwaters
have different limits check out current regulations. Legal to
take game fish (except largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass)
with spear guns during season - Handicapped accessible fishing
piers are available at Hickory Creek and Prairie Creek.
Three-fourths of Beaver Lake is in Benton
County, the remainder in Carroll County. For more information:
U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, 2260 North 2nd Street, Rogers, Ark.;
Water Levels Automated
River/Beaver Dam Generation
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