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  1. Lazy Ike, definitely a blast from the past. It and the Flatfish (similar to the Lazy Ike) were one of my pond fishing favorites as a kid. Quill is right, it had a great wide wobble, even at slow speeds.
  2. The USGS also has websites that monitor the rivers and major creeks, showing flow and elevation from their numerous gauges. Great place to get information on rivers!
  3. The COE has opened the Beaver Dam floodgates due to the flooding event upstream. Most tributaries are 20-30 feet higher than normal. I'm guessing they will be open a couple days considering the amount of water entering the lake. Everyone be careful and watch for floating debris!
  4. Thanks Bill, I try to contribute to the forum when I can. Sounds like an incredible spawn! When they're as small as they are currently, they will stick together in large groups to try to avoid predation. That's probably what you're seeing. As soon as they get a little bigger, they'll scatter and take advantage of the tremendous amount of flooded cover available to them. High water years create a perfect environment for huge spawns and enhanced survival of the young fish due to flooded nursery habitat and additional nutrients in the water to promote zooplankton (critical for the survival of fry). Looks like the makings of a great year class!
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    Beaver 6/10

    Ouch! That pic brings back bad memories! Had a double hook lodged in my deltoid when I made the stupid mistake of walking behind a friend while bank fishing. He didn't even look back and thought he was hung in one of the trees around us so he yanked the rod as hard as he could! Took a trip to the emergency room to remove it. "Has anyone ever buried 2 hooks at the same time?!😂. It takes talent!" Consider me talented!
  6. "Pretty sure they are black bass. I think white bass fry would be bigger, a broader body and maybe not that far away from their spawning area yet. Morig would know. Who ever they are there are millions of them from Campbell Point to Big M." Yeah they do have the look of a bass and they might be blacks that are partially digested and have lost their color, but whites look like that too when they're that young and don't develop the typical deep body until they're a little older. I was also considering their presence in deep water (if I understood you're post). Black bass young typically hug the shoreline to stay in cover but anything's possible when it comes to fish and their behavior. Whatever they are, it's obvious the lake has had a great spawn, typical of a high water year. BTW I've looked at just as many young fish as Morig has in my 28 years as a Fish Biologist, (doesn't mean I'm right in this case, ha ha) in fact, I've worked with him on many occasions. He's a great guy and a real asset to these forums!
  7. Great pictures, It's interesting that the young fish in Bills hand aren't shad. Looks like white bass.
  8. You'll be in the right area, stripers will be on the lower end of the lake for the next few months. There's been a top water bite for a few weeks but it's tapering off (see Quillbacks posts on this lake). Your best bet will be live bait, gizzard shad (if you can get them) or brood minnows sold locally. If you want to try top water, get out EARLY, it's usually over with by 7:00. Good Luck!
  9. "Had a few more blowups, got the top water on them again and a dang heron flew off the bank and went after my top water, just was able to get it away from the bird, reeled it back in and waved my arms and yelled at that worthless bird and was able to spook it away." It's a good thing you didn't have to mess with that heron, they're extremely dangerous to handle, strong quick neck with a five inch dagger (bill) at the end. One of the few animals that wildlife rehabilitators don't want to deal with. All you could have done is cut the line and let it go with your lure.
  10. Thanks for the post and pictures, Quillback! I can verify that stripers are hitting on top on the lower end of the lake. Caught two this morning, nothing big 8-10 lbs, but what fun! Both almost yanked the rod out of my hand!
  11. Thanks for the post Lance! Looks like you're still the crappie king of Beaver Lake.
  12. If they close the COE ramps, you can still launch at the Hwy 12 bridge ramp since it's owned by the County or the 412 bridge ramp owned by the AGFC. Don't get me started on how lame it is for the COE to put barricades blocking the ramps, like they have in the past, hopefully they won't bother this time.
  13. The same to you Dan! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and to all the other OA members.
  14. It figures, just about the time the good top water action starts, I'm laid up at home recovering from surgery. Hopefully the top water bite will still be happing in a couple weeks when I'm out and about. I love all kinds of fishing, bass ,crappie and even sunfish when the mood suits me but few things are as exciting as a big fish blowing up on a top water bait! Thanks for the post Quill! You guys get out there and enjoy the excitement!
  15. Absolutely, these fish are native to the Ozark rivers and were here before the lakes were impounded. As long as conditions are adequate in the river tributaries of the lake, the walleye can make their spawning run and spawn successfully. There is some evidence that they can spawn on shoreline rip rap in the lake with some success. After stocking them for several years in Beaver Lake to re-establish the population, we were able to document a natural spawn by utilizing a chemical marker on the stocked fingerlings, then comparing the percentage of walleye from that year class that exhibited the chemical. One year over 50 percent were wild spawned fish.
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