Live bait works best for catching striped bass.
Fishing guide Jon Conklin recommends striper fishing between Rocky Branch and Hickory Creek parks. Trolling with hatches or umbrella rigs is a good tactic.
Crappie can be caught around stickwood and brush in the same stretch of lake. Use minnows or rigs 5 to 25 feet deep. Try to get pike crankbaits on flats 25 feet deep. Use Alabama rigs along points to catch black bass.
Southtown Sporting Goods in Fayetteville reports the fishing is done or not. The crappies are in their winter pattern and are staying close to the brush. Fish 10 to 14 feet deep with minnows or jigs. Black bass are crankbaits or Alabama rigs.
Beaver tail water
Beaver Dam Store reports good fly fishing for trout with size 18 red or brown midges. Small olive jigs with some peach or orange in the color pattern are good to use. The little red and gold spoons are worth a handout. Use a light line for best results.
Power generation at Beaver Dam is sporadic, depending on the weather.
The lake is closed and will reopen on January 14.
Fisherman Mike McBride said the lake has been frozen over until recently. Try jerk baits or plastic worms for black bass. Use fish or small machines for shit.
Nick Gann at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers recommends fishing for trout in Lake Brittany with Power Bait or small spoons. Fish for black bass on any Bella Vista lake with Alabama rigs, crankbaits or jigs and pigs.
Please note that fishing at Bella Vista is only open to POA members and their guests.
Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs recommends fishing for black bass with Ned rigs or plastic worms on a drop-shot rig or jigging style. Jerk baits can also work.
Stroud recommends fishing for black bass in Lake Eucha using jerk baits, Alabama rigs or jigs and pigs. Use hair taps for shit.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports fair bass fishing in Keystone Lake using crankbaits, worms or plastic jigs and hogs around brush or rocks. No report from Grand or Tenkiller lakes.
Table Rock Lake
Focus Fishing Guide Service said black bass fishing is good. Use crankbaits on cloudy, windy days along rock or gravel banks. Jig and pigs are working eight to 15 feet deep along the points.
For deeper fish, use a jigging spoon or shot rig 40 to 60 feet deep along gravel points and humps.
Compiled by Flip Putthoff