Courtesy of Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,123.74 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said water surface temperature is in the mid-60s. Striper activity is fair. The stripers are scattered but on the feed, and they are still quite shallow. The white bass run is about done and the whites are working their way back downriver. Stripers have been taken on 8- to 12-inch live shad fished on free lines and down lines from the surface to 15 feet deep. Trolling small umbrella rigs with white grubs for clearer water and chartreuse for stained water and flat line, 3-way rigged Rapalas and Rogues also are producing. Casting Redfins and Small umbrella rigs on windblown points also will produce some nice stripers. Casting Redfins, Rapalas, rouges around rock piles on points and near timber are producing fish at night. Check the following hot spots for stripers: Indian creek past lost bridge and in the mouth of Indian creek; Point 5 (cast jerk baits on points with timber for striper and walleye; Highway 12 bridge (check the cove at Serenity Point and work your way toward Prairie creek); and Prairie Creek (fish are being taken in the channel between the creek and the islands. Walleye are also being taken on Kastmaster spoons fished near the bottom). Walleye are being caught on gravel bars in Big Clifty, Point 5, Point 6, Rocky Branch, Larue and Prairie Creek. They are being caught closer to the channel on crankbaits in Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores and Horseshoe Bend. Most walleye are about 4-8 deep and are headed back down river to the main lake after visiting spawning grounds. The rain slowed them down a bit, but they are recovering nicely and starting to feed. You can flat line 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. Jigging spoons around brush and rock piles are also producing.
Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is stained and at normal level. Bream are biting well on crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows and jigs fished around brush near secondary points. Smallmouth bass are fair on Rooster Tails fished near Twin Bridges. Catfishing is fair on cut bait.
Jason Piper of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said a few bass can still be found in the backs of pockets and coves on spawning beds. Lightly weighted plastics on a 3/0 hook worked over the beds have been working well. Most bass have moved out a bit and can be caught using spinnerbaits and Alabama rigs fished along sloping banks with timber. Another good option is to work Texas-rigged plastics in and around boat docks. Both Clifty arms, Rambo, Ventris and Monte-Ne have all been good places to fish. Most crappie have completed the spawn process with the exception of a few males left on beds. Look for crappie to be holding along creek and run off channels close to brush piles and timber suspending 8 to 15 feet deep over 20 to 35 feet of water. Small, 2-inch swim baits and curly tail grubs have been working well to pick these fish off. Avoca, Prairie Creek, Monte-Ne, Eden Bluff and Piney Creek have all been good places to fish. White bass have been biting well in the backs of windblown coves using shad-imitating lures. Night fishing under lights has also picked up along bluff walls close to the river channel and the Highway 12 Bridge. Catfishing has picked up and catfish have been caught using liver or worms from the bank at Highway 12 Bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the Highway 412 bridge access.