Courtesy of Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,118.30 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 11-27-2013) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said the surface water temperature is in the low to mid-50s. Overall striper activity is fair. Stripers are on scattered but are biting throughout the day with peaks at dusk and dawn. They are using secondary points as they make their way toward the creek arms. Fishing is good on 4- to 6-inch live shad fished on down lines 0-35 feet deep, trolled umbrella rigs with white grubs, and Rapalas, Bomber 15a-16as or spoons on downriggers set 0-35 feet deep near timber, bluffs and rock piles. Also try large Rat-L-Traps at night around the islands on the mid- and lower portions of the lake. Be sure to check the following hot spots: Lost Bridge South (the flats and bars between LBS and Fish Trap Hollow); Point 6 (the Van Hollow Area near Twin Coves and the channel and tree tops from 25-35 feet deep); Rambo Creek Arm (striped bass are moving toward main lake structures); Rocky Branch (the channel between the front of the marina and the road bed that extends to the island), and Larue (Check Cedar Creek, Ford Creek and Goat Island). In the upriver part of the lake, be sure to check Prairie Creek and Coose Hollow, as the stripers are starting to gather in these areas. Most walleye are being caught about 10-30 feet deep and can be caught using a variety of methods. You can downrigger troll with Cotton Cordell Spots, Hot-n-Tot's, Wiggle Warts, Rapala Tail Dancers, Shad Raps, Reef Runners or Ripstiks in natural blue or black back combos in clear water or chartreuse/orange and clown colors in stained water. Slow death rigs featuring orange and chartreuse beads are working very well on a bottom bouncers. Jigging spoons fished 25-30 feet deep around brush and rock piles are also producing.
(Updated 12-4-2013) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said bass fishing is fair in shallow areas using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie fishing is slow, but a few are being caught around isolated wood on jigs.
(Updated 11-27-2013) Jason Piper of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said bass have been biting shad and crawdad-patterned crankbaits along sloping chunk rock banks with timber. Jigging spoons have also been affective fished vertically along pole timber in 20-60 feet of water. On slower days, try a shaky head-rigged finesse worm in and around docks on sloped banks or a Carolina-rigged finesse worm over points with timber. Prairie Creek, Monte-Ne, Little Clifty and Rocky Branch have all been good places to fish. Look for crappie to be suspending just above brush piles and along pole timber close to a channel in 20 to 45 feet of water. Black/chartreuse, yellow/white, electric chicken and chartreuse/pearl tubes or curly tail grubs on a 1/16-oz. jighead have been producing well. Always fish the baits from the bottom up slowly. Minnows fished under a slip cork set at 15 to 25 feet also have been effective. Horseshoe Bend, Monte-Ne, Piney Creek and Avoca Hollow have all been good places to fish. White bass have been holding on and around points and schooling on adjacent flats. Once located, drop or cast either a jigging spoon or Kastmaster spoon down to them. Prairie Creek, around the islands close to Highway 12, Point 11 and Point 12 have all been good. Catfish have been biting liver, worms and cut bait from the bank at Prairie Creek, Highway 12 Bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the Highway 412 bridge access.