Courtesy of Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
As of Wednesday, the Army Corps of Engineers reports the lake’s elevation at 1,118.41 feet msl (normal conservation pool – 1,120 msl).
(Updated 2-26-2014) Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service (479-366-8664) said Water surface temperatures in the mid- and lower sections of the lake are in the high 30s to low 40s. Threadfin shad killed in previous cold fronts are floating to the top, and all the fish are feeding on them. Use the birds to find concentrations of these shad and you will find game fish in the area. Stripers are on the prowl for warmer water and food. They are biting throughout the day with peaks at dusk and dawn. You can look upriver for whites and some stripers, but most are still on main lake structures and secondary points. Fishing is fair on live 3- to 5-inch shad fished 30-60 feet deep. Bottom fishing will also be productive with cut shad or live shad fished on the flats where you find birds feeding on concentrations of dead shad. Trolling small umbrella rigs with white grub, RAPALAS, Bomber 15a-16a or spoons on flat lines with planer boards near the channel are also producing. Jigging spoons on main lake humps and points as well as casting spoons to schooling fish in the same areas. Be sure to check the following hot spots for stripers: Rambo Creek Arm, Rocky Branch in the channel between the front of the marina and the road bed that extends to the island, the channel around the small islands in front of Larue boat ramp, Cedar Creek, Ford Creek and Goat Island, Prairie Creek and Coose Hollow. Most walleye are being caught 10-30 feet deep on three- way rigs with a No. 11 Rapala, a flat-line trolled Hot-n-Tot, Wiggle Wart, Rapala Tail Dancer, Shad Rap, Reef Runner or Ripstik, a slow-death rig baited with minnows, nightcrawlers or leeches, jigs with curly tails in white, chartreuse, orange or black and jigging spoons. They are beginning to make their move upriver to spawn. Keep an eye in the backs of the following areas as the water warms and the days get longer: Copper Mine, Prairie Creek, Coose Hollow, Blackburn Creek, Beaver Shores, Horseshoe Bend, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and War Eagle. The riprap along the dam on the downstream end of the lake also is a good place to find walleye during the spawn.
(Updated 2-26-2014) Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the water is still in the low 40s, but a few fish are being caught. Some crappie are being caught around 8 to 12 feet deep around isolated wood on minnows and jigs. Some bass were also being caught on jerk baits and Alabama rigs. Walleye are being caught on brightly colored crankbaits trolled at 8 to 12 feet deep.
(Updated 2-19-2014) Jason Piper of JT’s Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said bass can be caught by slow-rolling a double willow spinnerbait or fishing a suspending jerkbait slowly through timber along chunk rock to gravel banks. A jig-and-craw combo has worked well along bluffs and around docks. Indian Creek, Both Clifty Arms, Rambo, Big Ventris and Prairie Creek have all been good. Crappie can be found suspending just below the surface to 10 feet down over 20 to 50 feet of water under docks, bluff walls and timber lines on sunny, warm days from late morning on as the water warms through the 40’s. They tend to suspend just out of the direct sunlight in an attempt to stay warm. A Bobby Garland Baby Shad or 1 1/2-inch tube on a 1/32-oz. jighead swam slowly through the school has worked well. A minnow under a cork or a minnow tipped Shineee Hineee jig will work as well. On cold or cloudy days, or days the water temps fail to climb through the 40s, fish will retreat into brush piles or nose up close to pole timber down 15 to 45 feet deep. Monte-Ne, Beaver Shores, Horseshoe Bend, Hickory Creek and Eden Bluff have all been good places to find crappie. White bass have been holding off main lake flats at the break and on main lake points. For the most part they have been suspending 15 to 30 feet deep in 25 to 50 feet of water. Once a school is located, a ½-oz. jigging spoon fished vertically very slowly should do the trick. Not many reports on catfish. The best bank action should be at Hickory Creek or the 412 Bridge access using liver or worms. Late afternoon into the evening would be best.