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Notropis

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  1. For all you Bill Babler fans (myself included), there's a nice article regarding Bill's record brown trout on page 25 of the latest edition of Arkansas Wildlife, the AGFC publication. Nice picture of Bill and the trout! The article mentions that Bill's trout may break the former world record held by Rip Collins of Arkansas in the same line class. Sorry but I couldn't find a link to the article to post. Cheers!
  2. "I've only provided examples from north-central Arkansas because that is where I work. However, I know the biologists from Beaver and Table Rock could also present similar data because I hear similar results during our annual meeting." I guess that's my cue to weigh-in on this subject. I was responsible for managing fish populations in Beaver Lake from 1986-2014. During that time I witnessed the dramatic effect of high water years on the fish population, not just the bass but all species of fish in the lake including the forage species. The additional nutrients (primarily nitrogen and phosphorus) and the increased available cover (flooded brush and trees) created the perfect environment for dramatically increased spawns and better survivability of the young fish. The combination of these factors usually resulted in a large year class of all fish and a better chance for the young fish to make it through the critical first year of their life (recruitment). Because of the numerous high water years during this period, I witnessed a fundamental change in the bass population from a lake dominated by spotted bass to a more balanced ratio of largemouth to spotted bass. Our fish population samples revealed that the largemouth bass spawn and recruitment was dramatically higher in the high water years when compared to normal or low water. This information was instrumental in making the decision to extend the minimum length limit on largemouth bass in the 1990's in an attempt to help the largemouth hold their own against the more prolific spotted bass. Of course, there was a down side to the high water years, fishing was usually tough due to the fish being scattered and the large amount of forage species available to them. My favorite phrase regarding the high water years was, It's hard on the fisherman but good for the future of fishing. The timing of the high water years was also a big factor. Like mojorig indicated, a high water year every few years was ideal. High water years that were too close tended to change the dynamic significantly. I observed back to back high water years were greatly different because the massive year class from the first year would suppress (consume) the spawn from the second year resulting in a reduced year class from the second year. I realize there are negative effects of high water on the economy that's associated with the lake especially for the marinas and parks but from a fish production standpoint, they are vital to maintaining good fish populations in these large reservoirs. Hope this information was helpful!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. Notropis

    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!
  8. "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!
  9. Great pictures, It's interesting that the young fish in Bills hand aren't shad. Looks like white bass.
  10. 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!
  11. "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.
  12. 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!
  13. Thanks for the post Lance! Looks like you're still the crappie king of Beaver Lake.
  14. 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.
  15. The same to you Dan! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and to all the other OA members.
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