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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. Notropis

    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.
  10. Notropis

    Sunday, 1-7-18

    Nice catch, especially considering the cold spell we experienced the last few weeks! Looks like you guys have found a pretty good bite on the lower end of the lake. I have to confess, few things give me greater pleasure than seeing a picture of an angler with a nice smallmouth bass caught from Beaver Lake. When I first stated working for the AGFC as a fish management biologist in 1986, my supervisor, Ralph Fourt, made it clear that one of his main goals was to reestablish smallmouth bass in Beaver by utilizing the Beaver Lake nursery pond (which we were in the process of constructing). Smallmouth were present in the rivers when the lake was impounded but were outcompeted by the largemouth and spotted that proliferated in the new lake environment (lots of flooded brush and timber) and were almost non-existent in the fish population in 1986. Ralphs' plan was too utilize heavy stockings of smallmouth fingerlings out of the nursery pond for several years to try to get the brownies going again. We did this by going to Bull Shoals lake in the early Spring and catch a few hundred adult brood stock via electrofishing and transport them to the nursery pond to spawn and produce as many fingerlings as possible, then open the pond gate and stock both the adults and fingerlings into Beaver. We weren't very popular with the some of the Bull Shoals crowd. We were branded by some as "fish stealers" because in their mind we were taking some of their fish. Some years it was tough to get enough brood stock because of bad weather and lake level conditions, so we worked with some of the tournament organizers to collect smallmouth brought in by contestants. We made it clear that it was strictly voluntary and it was up to the angler to decide if they wanted to donate them to our cause or release them back into Bull Shoals. Almost all were glad to contribute because what we were trying to accomplish. For several years it seemed like we were pouring the stocked fingerlings into a hole to disappear, predation by other fish took a heavy toll on the fingerlings. Scuba divers from the UofA monitored the outflow from the nursery pond during the stockings and reported hundreds of white, spotted and largemouth bass that would eat so many of the fingerlings that they would end up laying on the bottom of the lake barely moving for hours. In order to give the fingerlings a better chance to survive, we spent several years sinking brush, trees and pallet structures around the pond and outlet to give the fingerlings safe havens to avoid predation. For the first few years we observed minimal results during our electrofishing samples, only a few adult smallmouth in the vicinity of the nursery pond which were probably some of the brood stock that were released with the fingerlings. After a few years we started seeing them further and further down lake where the best smallmouth habitat is. At first we would only see a couple per night but in later years the numbers started increasing to a point where we were seeing 40 or 50 adults each night out of a couple hundred fish. Can't tell you how great that felt! Being a fish management biologist was a great job but many of the rewards and goals were abstract, reflected In charts and graphs showing improvements in fish populations after a regulation change. But numbers reflected on a spreadsheet or chart aren't nearly as satisfying as seeing the visual evidence of a happy angler holding up a picture of a good fish! Sorry about the long winded post but I figured some of the OAF anglers would enjoy hearing the story behind the smallmouth population in Beaver Lake. Way to Go Ralph, goal achieved!
  11. No worries Champ, a 10 degree difference leaves room for a lot of healthy skepticism and in many ways seems contrary to common sense. I studied and helped manage large reservoirs for decades and I'm still amazed how dynamic these large systems are.
  12. Not too unusual for water temps to be different in the river arms compared to main lake, especially close to the dam. That's why the turnover starts much earlier in the upper lake, sometimes as much as a month and a half earlier. TrophyFishR and Ozark Flyer are correct regarding the difference in volume being a main reason for the difference. The difference in average depth is also another factor as well as the inflow of cold river water. It won't be long before we see the threadfins starting to stress and die if we continue to see frigid weather. The worst years for severe winter shad kills happen when large areas of the lake become ice covered. Those conditions really kick their butts. I've walked stretches of the shoreline during those types of winters and seen large wind rows of dead threadfin in most areas of the lake. Hopefully it won't be that severe this winter but the next few days look pretty bad temperature wise. PS, Kudos to you Lance34 for your success in finding and catching crappie. I always enjoy your posts and pictures!
  13. Notropis

    Polar Bear

    Did you notice the sex of those two stripers when you were cleaning them? Just curious. Could be the plump one was female, they start growing their egg mass this time of year.
  14. Notropis

    Polar Bear

    I've caught a few skinny stripers this Fall, mostly in the 25-30 inch, but a few of other lengths. I think it takes the stripers and walleye a little longer to get the benefits of a high water year since their habitat gets squeezed (water quality wise) during the warm water temperatures of summer. The young threadfin shad groups were plentiful this Fall but most that I saw were very small about 1.5 inches. It's hard for the larger stripers to do well on such small forage, especially when the water is warm enough for the shad to swim fast. I think the stripers (and hopefully the walleye too) will do better this winter when they take advantage of the slow moving threadfin shad as the water temps get into the 40's. PS. Be careful what you wish for regarding shad kill, a little is ok but bad ones can really hurt the lake. Some of the worst years, fish population wise, I ever saw on Beaver Lake were after severe winter shad kills. The fishing can be real good for a little while, but you pay a price down the road.
  15. Notropis

    11/21 report

    The grin on your boy's face says it all! I enjoyed meeting and visiting with you and your sons last week. You're a good Dad to introduce your boys to fishing and the great outdoors.

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