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Old 10-07-2005, 03:59 AM
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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS

Beaver Lake: As of Wednesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake's elevation at 1,108.28 feet MSL.

Southtown Sporting Goods said the lake is clear and about 15 feet low. Hickory Creek Marina said the water level is low, but the clarity is ideal. With the cooling trend, spinnerbaits and crankbaits on the flats and long points are the places to head to for black bass. If you're looking for stripers, they're holding in the open waters on the lower end of the lake. Once the water temperature reaches 65 degrees, they should make their push to the rivers. Crappie fishermen are doing well under lights at night along drop-offs in 12 to 15 feet of water. Spider riggers are also having some good luck in Big Hickory, Eden Bluff and the Mouth of War Eagle Creek. White bass have been moving with the shad. Look for surface activity in the early morning and late evening. Jigging spoons have been producing good catches around balls of shad near the surface activity. The best action is coming from across the water intake and across from Eden Bluff. Incidental catfish catches continue with crappie fishermen and white bass anglers. The bluff line at Hickory Creek is still producing some large cats. Try fishing a large minnow underneath a slip-bobber rig at about 30 feet deep for the best luck.
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