Beaver Lake Arkansas
By Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Nov 28, 2004
Beaver Lake: Southtown Sporting Goods said the lake temperature is 59- to 60-degrees. The water is lightly stained all the way to the Hwy 12 bridge, and the rivers are muddy. The lake level is 2 feet above normal pool. Bream fishing is good using crickets. Crappie fishing is good using minnows. Bass fishing is good fishing shallow with spinner baits and jigs. Stripers are biting really well in both the Rocky Branch and Point 12 areas. Try using a ? - to 1-ounce Roadrunner, top-water lures, or troll with live shiners or shad. Some good whites and hybrids have been mixed in with the stripers. Hickory Creek Marina said there?s been a 2-ft. water rise, and the water is off-colored. A clear pattern for black bass has not been apparent. However, try spinner baits and crankbaits on the flats and spoons. As fish acclimate to the rising current, look shallow. Some striped bass are in the rivers, but they are scattered and in short supply. The water temperature is 60.9 degrees, putting it in the proper range for the migration. Also, the current in the upper lake has been significant to trigger additional migrants. Several fish have been observed from the dock. Again, there haven?t been many good reports, but there has been some success trolling with crankbaits. Try looking in every major channel bend south of the Hwy 12 Bridge near an adjacent flat. The larger fish are usually scattered. Early and late in the day, look on the flats, and fish deep at mid-day. Crappie are on the poor side of fair because it is difficult to find consistent concentrations. For the best results, try fishing with minnows from 12- to 15-feet deep. Many fishermen have complained about short fish (some allege catching 1 "keeper" to 10 "shorts"). Whites have been moving day to day. Try fishing at water intake points like Piney Creek, Point 12, Kelly Creek, Sidewalk Hole and Wooley's Island. There has been some surface activity both early and late in the day. Use anything white or yellow that is about 1? - inches long. Jigging spoons (1- to ?-ounce) are producing fish in the channels. The incidental catch of catfish continues to be awesome. There have been some major fish caught around schools of shad while fishing for other species, particularly whites and stripers. Large minnows are the catfishermen?s bait of choice. A slip bopper and minnow combination at 30-feet deep is the most popular terminal tackle. Bream have moved deep.