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  1. Notropis

    Happy thanksgiving

    The same to you Dan! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and to all the other OA members.
  2. Notropis

    Stripers are on top

    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!
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    communicating with the mdc

    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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    communicating with the mdc

    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.
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    November Trip Help

    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.
  6. Notropis

    November Trip Help

    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!
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    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.
  8. Notropis

    Indian Creek 10/2

    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!
  9. Notropis

    Monster Carp

    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.
  10. Notropis

    9/20 report

    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!
  11. Notropis

    Dam area - July 3

    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.
  12. Notropis

    Fish care

    I couldn't agree more with Champs statement. I had the privilege of working with Jeremy for several years. He's intelligent, hard working and a darn good angler!
  13. Notropis

    Not a double digit bass but close....

    May not be double-digit but still the fish of a lifetime. Good luck at the Championship!
  14. Notropis

    Indian Creek, May 10

    Good points rps! Table Rock is certainly different than Beaver, especially when comparing the nutrient loads coming from the White River tributaries. Above Beaver, the White River is all watershed (falling as rain over the ground then into the lake) where it picks up a lot of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) whereas the water from the White River going into Table Rock has had a large percentage of the nutrients removed and utilized in Beaver. I'm not sure it's the of the distance of the flow below the dam that hinders the walleye spawning success as much as the cold water temperatures coming from below the dam. Walleye eggs are adhesive and stick to the gravel in the shoals where the females release them, they don't float downstream like striped bass eggs and don't require long stretches of current to hatch. Either way, I don't doubt that the spawn is not very successful in the Beaver Tailwaters most years. There are good conditions for successful walleye spawns in the Kings River and to a lesser extent Long Creek but natural predation on the walleye fry take their toll. Survival of most fish species from fry to adulthood is very low, many times less than 1%. Stocked fingerlings have a much higher chance of surviving than fry. Knowing this we periodically stocked walleye fingerlings in both the White River below the dam and the Kings River (in addition to the walleye stocked by Missouri) to insure good numbers of walleye in Table Rock and a continued place where we could get good broodstock for our needs in Arkansas.
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    Indian Creek, May 10

    I believe I can shed some light on this discussion with a little background information, Stump is partially correct regarding the utilization of the Beaver Lake Nursery Pond for walleye stocking. We tried a couple of years to put walleye fry in the pond and grow them to fingerling size for direct stocking into the lake but we weren't very successful. Because of the shallow nature of the pond, water temperatures would cool rapidly in the early spring during cold fronts, causing zooplankton die-offs and subsequent fry die-offs. The pond had been very useful in producing sunfish species, smallmouth, crappie etc. but didn't work too well for walleye. Since the pond was sketchy for producing walleye, we changed tactics by utilizing the Charlie Craig Hatchery in Centerton. We collected broodstock from the Kings River and the White River below the dam, took the fish to the hatchery where they were spawned by hand. The eggs were hatched in specialized jars with constant water flow. The fry that hatched were grown to fingerling size on the hatchery before stocking in Beaver Lake and other lakes in Arkansas. The hatchery crew became so efficient at walleye fingerling production that they were responsible for almost all walleye stocking in Arkansas Lakes! After seeing the survival and growth rates of the walleye fingerlings in Beaver Lake I decided to make a commitment to establish a good walleye population in the lake with routine annual stockings. We did see some natural reproduction after a few years documented by a study that included marking all the stocked fingerlings with a chemical that identified them as stocked fish when captured in later studies. Jon Stein, current District Biologist, tells me natural reproduction was very significant some years. Hopefully it will reach a point where the walleye population is self sustaining. Hope this was helpful.

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