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  1. "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.
  2. 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!
  3. Thanks for the post Lance! Looks like you're still the crappie king of Beaver Lake.
  4. 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.
  5. The same to you Dan! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and to all the other OA members.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. I can answer that question since I was involved in developing that particular brood stock gathering project. When we decided to utilize the walleye spawning run out of Table Rock into the Arkansas sections of the Kings River and the White River below Beaver Dam, we (the Hatchery Manager at the Centerton Hatchery and myself) agreed to return the brood stock to the areas where they were collected whenever possible to avoid any negative reactions to the project. Most years over 90 percent of the fish were returned to either the Kings River or the White River below the dam. Some of the brood stock succumbed to the stress of transportation and handling during the process but most made it back to the river they were captured from. Many of the fish were spawned on site and released immediately back into the river.
  9. I agree Quill, this is usually the time of year and water temp for good top water action with schools of whites, stripers and mixed black bass. My best guess is the rapid cool down of water temps. It's like we went from summer to winter with surface temps dropping almost 10 degrees in just a week or two. Maybe when the water temps stabilize a little more we'll see some better top water action.
  10. I was out for a while yesterday also (think I saw you Dan) and it was pretty slow. I did manage to catch a couple large white bass, which ended up as dinner and a few pesky spotted bass that were released. No top water action at all. I did find schools of baitfish but they were sticking close to the bottom or suspended in water that was 30-40 feet deep. Lots of fish working the bait schools (that's where I caught my fish) but not much close to the surface. Hopefully the bait fish will get closer to the surface soon and bring on the top water action!
  11. Notropis

    New Shad Regs

    The regulation prohibits the transfer of wild caught bait fish from one body of water to another. Only wild caught bait captured from that lake or it's tributaries can be used. For example, you can only use shad caught from Beaver Lake or it's tributaries to fish for stripers in the lake. The regulation still allows the use of live bait purchased from a licensed bait dealer. The purpose of the regulation is to help prevent the accidental transfer of exotic fish species, parasites and diseases, from one body of water to another. Hope this was helpful.
  12. Wt -76 We're not too far from surface temps in the low 70's and high 60's, one of my favorite times to fish. Hopefully we'll have a good fall for schooling top water action!
  13. I can tell from from personal experience, grass carp are one of the most powerful and acrobatic fish you will ever hook into. When I was a student doing work-study at a college sponsored aquaculture research station, one of my duties was to help seine the research ponds. We students would draw straws to see who had the misfortune to get in and pull the seine in the ponds with the adult grass carp. When the seine would crowd the carp they would begin jumping in every direction and I don't mean jumping like a bass, these fish would sail through the air like salmon, 10-12 feet distance while clearing the water 3-4 feet and they were 10-20 pounds! One hit me in the thigh and I ended up with a bruise the size of a baseball. I witnessed a grass carp sail through the air and go face first into a student's waders causing quite a scene as he tried to get to bank and pull the carp out of his waders.
  14. Good to see some fishing reports coming in from good anglers like Dan and Quillback. It's been a quiet summer on the Beaver Lake forum. Nice walleye! The best time of the year for fishing Beaver is coming up soon. Can't wait for the good multi-species top water action!
  15. This discussion takes me way back to my childhood, camping out with extended family group on the Saline River in lower Arkansas. We would camp for several days while fishing with limb lines as well as rods and reels in an attempt to have a fresh fish fry on the banks of the river. We would always catch a few drums along with catfish and other species and I remember how we kids were usually served the drum while the adults ate the other fish. They seemed pretty good to me especially if served while hot. Later as an adult I would fish the back waters of the Arkansas River for bass in the summer. When the bass weren't biting, we would motor out to the main river and troll crankbaits around the wing dams and catch drum until our wrists were sore. Some were fairly big, up to 15 pounds. It was great fun even though we rarely kept any.
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