Have a top water lure tied on to catch striped bass.
Reese Jones at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said anglers are reporting schools of striped bass feeding on the surface at the mouths of the creek arms. Topwater lures such as Red Fin or Zara Spook are good to use.
The flags are scattered all over the lake. For deeper stripers, troll with minnows or minnows around schools of minnows set with a depth finder.
Try black bass on Alabama rigs, jerkbaits or crankbaits. Walleye can also bite these same lures, especially crankbaits.
Some anglers report excellent walleye fishing, while others say it’s slow. Try fish or jigs around docks in deep water or around wood 5 to 20 feet deep. The average surface water temperature is in the mid-40s.
Southtown Sporting Goods in Fayetteville reports that snapper can be caught near the brush. Fish 10 to 15 feet deep with minnows or jigs. Black bass are crankbaits or Alabama rigs.
Beaver tail water
Fishing guide Austin Kennedy recommends fishing deeper water for trout. Try Pautzke’s Fire Eggs or Pautzke’s Fireworms fished on light tackle. The Houseman access area has been fishing well.
For walleyes, jig soft plastics or fish near the bottom between Beaver Towns and Holiday Island.
Power generation at Beaver Dam is mostly done on cold mornings.
The lake is closed and will reopen on Saturday.
Angler Mike McBride said snapper fishing is slow. Try small pieces or fish for shit. Use plastic worms or jerk baits for black bass.
Chip Wiseman at Hook, Line and Sinker in Bella Vista said the fish are scattered. Anglers who find schools of minnows are catching them. Fish with minnows or cabinets 12 to 30 feet around the brush. The best walleye fishing is in Lakes Ann or Windsor.
Try for black bass on Alabama rigs or crawdad-colored crankbaits on any Bella Vista lake. Trout fishing is good in Lake Brittany on Power Bait or small red and gold spoons.
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 plastic worms on a drop-shot rig or jigging style. Ned rigs or jerkbaits can also work.
Stroud recommends trying the quarry at Eucha Lake with hair pieces 10 to 20 feet deep. Go with jerkbaits or Alabama rigs to catch black bass.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports good walleye fishing in Keystone Lake with minnows or walleye around brush or docks. Bass are biting fair on crankbaits, plastic worms or jigs and pigs.
Table Rock Lake
The Focused Fishing Guide service said black bass fishing is fair on jerkbaits or crankbaits along transition points and shoals when there is wind. Try fishing the mouths of creek arms 45 to 60 feet deep near the bottom where there is shad. Use a jigging spoon or a casting rig.
— Compiled by Flip Putthoff