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    Open the floodgates

    Huge rain today in the Beaver Lake headwaters. Lake is only 2.2 feet below flood stage now. Rapid rise coming.
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    Rain on the way

    Back in the day, (1960s-70s) we used to catch more fish on Beaver without fish finders than people catch now with them. Has the fish population declined?
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    White Bass Run

    Anyone noticed the run starting? Usually small males come upriver first.
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    White River at Elkins

    02-24-18: The White River at Elkins is rolling again, the second time this week. We should see lake level of 1120 Sunday.
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    White River at Elkins

    River is up about 1.5 to two feet and is extremely muddy. A new mudline will form in the upper reaches of the lake.
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    Oooh got that fever

    Do they sell fathead minnows?
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    Polar Bear

    I knew a couple of guys way back in the early years of Beaver Lake that caught 10 bass in less than an hour that weighed about 63 pounds total. That was very unusual, even back then. Those bass probably were original stockers. The growth was incredible in the first four years of the lake staring to fill over the fields and woodlands. The five largest would have been well over 35 pounds total.
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    Feathers and Fins where is he?

    He was kind enough to meet me at the 12 bridge ramp one day. Took me out in his boat and showed me how he catches crappie. Very nice and generous man!
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    Beaver Lake & White River Current Conditions 3-30-15

    White River is barely trickling in most places. This fall has been even drier than last fall. The soil in fields around here is powder dry. Looks like 2006 all over again. Will we see the Monte Ne Amphitheater again soon?
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    Feathers and Fins where is he?

    Some people gave him no credit, and negative vibes. He is a great guy. He started a FB forum.
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    Winter water Level

    They don't need the power right now. It's an off peak part of the year, and Beaver is for peak electrical demands. They will not try to sell power when there is not much market for it. Winter power pool level is 1,120.43. The Southwest Power Pool will try to hold it to no higher than that, but can go lower depending on power needs, all the way down to 1,077.0.
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    Bait Regulation.

    I can't either. I've always caught more on the AR River than on Beaver. It's a much richer fishery, and much richer in forage too. To guide on the river, a USCG Captain license is required.
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    Bait Regulation.

    There are zebra mussels in the Arkansas River. Beaver may have some starting already from that practice. They take a few years to show up.
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    Bait Regulation.

    That regulation will be very difficult to enforce.
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    Redear are getting huge (exceeding five pounds) in Lake Havasu Arizona due to their consumption of zebra mussels. Blue Catfish like to eat those mussels also.
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    What's the largest Bluegill anyone on here has seen come from Beaver Lake? According to charts, a one pounder would be 10-1/2 inches long. Personally, I have never seen one bigger than about 8.5 inches from Beaver.
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    Coppernose will die out in central MO if you have a cold winter. Their northern limit for good survival is close to the AR-MO border, from what I have been reading. The first picture looks like some sort of hybrid bluegill. Bottom is a coppernose male. I wonder where those were caught?
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    I just wondered about this. By feeding carefully managed bluegill in a farm pond, they will grow to over a pound in about three to four years, with a few reaching two pounds and 12.5 inches. You would think they might grow at least half as well in a good lake environment like Beaver.
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    Primitive camping?

    Beaver Lake Regs do not allow overnight camping anywhere but designated sites. Being able to primitive camp on Beaver went out in the 1970's.
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    Tough year so far

    How big of a boat do you want? HP?
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    Overnight rain totals?

    1.1 inches last night and 0.25 inches today.
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    Anyone Doing Any Catfishing?

    I've had fun raising channel cats. Started harvesting them in earnest this summer. Have taken about 87 pounds of 2 to 5 pound channels out since early June. It's a lot of fun with light / ultralight tackle. Is it worth the 400 pounds of feed? Can't say yet.
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    Moving to NWA

    I will NEVER AGAIN own property with a POA of any sort.

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