Latest Fishing Reports for Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake is a man-made reservoir in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas and is formed by a dam across the White River. Beaver Lake has some 487 miles (784 km) of natural shoreline. With towering limestone bluffs, natural caves, and a wide variety of trees and flowering shrubs, it is a popular tourist destination. The Army Corps of Engineers has also constructed a variety of recreational facilities around the lake. Paved access roads wind through twelve developed parks. These parks have modern campsites offering electricity and fire rings with drinking water, showers, and restrooms nearby. Other facilities, such as picnic sites, swimming beaches, hiking trails, boat launching ramps, and sanitary dump stations are also available in the parks. There are 12 recreation areas with 677 campsites along with 7 full-service commercial marina concessions, which hold 1,750 rental slips. There are 9 limited motel / resort leases and 28 boat ramps licensed to County or State. There are 8 national bass tournaments per year and many other fishing tournaments.

from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the lake clarity is good and temperatures are now in the 70s. Bream fishing is excellent using worms and crickets. Crappie fishing is good especially at night under lights using jigs, plastic tubes in black and white colors and 2 inch grubs fished off of deep banks. Bass fishing is fair at night using black spinnerbaits. During the day, use plastic worms and topwater baits in the mornings. Catfishing is fair on jugs and trotlines baited with gold fish.


from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Jason Piper of JTís Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said bass fishing has been best at night. Dark-colored, crawdad-imitating soft plastics, Texas rigged or on a shaky head, have worked well along sloping gravel to chunk rock banks. Bass can also be picked off early and late in the day on top water plugs or buzzbaits in and around the flooded brush along the bank. During the day, a Carolina-rigged tube, lizard or worm fished over points and flats has been effective. Monte-Ne, Prairie Creek, Big Ventris and both Clifty arms have all been good. Crappie fishing has been best early in the day. Look for them to be suspending under large docks, between timber and a bluff line and along pole timber close to a channel. Most fish have been down 15 to 20 feet over 25 to 35 feet of water. Small curly tail grubs or tube jigs on a 1/16-oz. jig head worked slowly from the bottom up in those areas has been effective. Trolling Hot ďNĒ Tot or Bandit crankbaits over main lake flats also has been effective. Night fishing has also been good under lights close to channel bends or bluff lines in 25 to 50 feet of water. White River, Eden Bluff, Horseshoe Bend and Monte-Ne have all been good places to fish. White bass have been biting well at night under lights along bluff lines close to the channel and under the Highway 12 bridge. During the day they can be found schooling on main lake flats and can be caught using Kastmaster spoons once a school is located. Catfishing has picked up and catfish have been caught on liver or worms from the bank at Highway 12 bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the 412 bridge access.


from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Southtown Sporting Goods (479-443-7148) said the lake clarity is good and temperatures are now in the 70s. Bream fishing is excellent using worms and crickets. Crappie fishing is good especially at night under lights using jigs, plastic tubes in black and white colors and 2 inch grubs fished off of deep banks. Bass fishing is fair at night using black spinnerbaits. During the day, use plastic worms and topwater baits in the mornings. Catfishing is fair on jugs and trotlines baited with gold fish.


from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Jason Piper of JTís Crappie Guide Service (479-640-3980) said bass fishing has been good in the mornings and evenings using topwater plugs or buzz baits in and around the flooded brush along the bank. During the day, a Carolina rigged tube, lizard or worm fished over points and flats has been effective. Night fishing has picked up, and anglers have been successful using black/blue hula grubs along sloping gravel to chunk rock banks. Crappie fishing has been good and anglers can find them suspended around pole timber and over brush piles half way back in coves where the water hits 20 to 40 feet deep. A curly tail grub on a 1/16 oz. jighead has been producing well. At night, look for docks that have a light shining on the water, a few crappie can be caught in these locations using dark colored tubes and curly tail grubs or a minnow under a cork 5 to 10 feet deep. White River, Piney Creek, Eden Bluff, Monte-Ne and Ventris have all been good places to find crappie. Catfishing has picked up and fish have been caught using liver or worms from the bank at 12 bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the 412 bridge access.


from Southtown Sporting Goods

The water is about 3 feet above normal but the clarity is good and the temperature is hovering around 70 degrees. Bream fishing is good using worms and crickets. Crappie are in the postspawn phase and are fair in 10-15 feet of water using minnows and jigs. Most crappie have been caught trolling around steep banks and around bluffs. The bass have settled into their summer patterns and are good throughout the day using topwater baits in the morning and then switching over to soft plastics as the afternoon wears on. Night fishing has picked up on the lake and many bass have been caught with dark spinner baits. Catfishing is good using goldfish and small bream. (479-443-7148)


from JTís Crappie Guide Service

Bass fishing has been good in the mornings and evenings using topwater plugs or buzz baits in and around the flooded brush along the bank. During the day, a Carolina rigged tube, lizard or worm fished over points and flats has been effective. Night fishing has picked up, and anglers have been successful using black/blue hula grubs along sloping gravel to chunk rock banks. Crappie fishing has been good and anglers can find them suspended around pole timber and over brush piles half way back in coves where the water hits 20 to 40 feet deep. A curly tail grub on a 1/16 oz. jighead has been producing well. At night, look for docks that have a light shining on the water, a few crappie can be caught in these locations using dark colored tubes and curly tail grubs or a minnow under a cork 5 to 10 feet deep. White River, Piney Creek, Eden Bluff, Monte-Ne and Ventris have all been good places to find crappie. Catfishing has picked up and fish have been caught using liver or worms from the bank at 12 bridge, Monte-Ne, Hickory Creek and the 412 bridge access.


from JTís Crappie Guide Service

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.


from Southtown Sporting Goods

The water is stained and high. The surface water temperature is in the 60s. Bream are biting well on worms and crickets. Crappie are biting well on minnows and tube jigs. Bass are biting well on top-water lures and tube baits fished near the bank. Catfishing is fair. White bass are biting well on minnows. (479-443-7148)






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