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    derekburleson reacted to Notropis in 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!    
      
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    derekburleson got a reaction from Daryk Campbell Sr in Anyone heading to Houston?   
    I'm headed down to Conroe, TX, with Tyson Foods Thursday to serve meals for anyone who needs one. We've spent the last several days trying to find a good spot to set up that can handle 5-6 big rigs and 4 cook teams and with much of the city still underwater, Conroe is the closest we can get. But I promise you we'll set up a distribution network to get plenty of meals into the city to those affected. So glad to work for a company that is dedicating so many resources to helping these folks. Unfortunately, I'll be leaving my boat in NWA!
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    derekburleson got a reaction from Sore Thumbs in Anyone heading to Houston?   
    I'm headed down to Conroe, TX, with Tyson Foods Thursday to serve meals for anyone who needs one. We've spent the last several days trying to find a good spot to set up that can handle 5-6 big rigs and 4 cook teams and with much of the city still underwater, Conroe is the closest we can get. But I promise you we'll set up a distribution network to get plenty of meals into the city to those affected. So glad to work for a company that is dedicating so many resources to helping these folks. Unfortunately, I'll be leaving my boat in NWA!
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    derekburleson got a reaction from dtrs5kprs in Anyone heading to Houston?   
    I'm headed down to Conroe, TX, with Tyson Foods Thursday to serve meals for anyone who needs one. We've spent the last several days trying to find a good spot to set up that can handle 5-6 big rigs and 4 cook teams and with much of the city still underwater, Conroe is the closest we can get. But I promise you we'll set up a distribution network to get plenty of meals into the city to those affected. So glad to work for a company that is dedicating so many resources to helping these folks. Unfortunately, I'll be leaving my boat in NWA!
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    derekburleson got a reaction from abkeenan in Anyone heading to Houston?   
    I'm headed down to Conroe, TX, with Tyson Foods Thursday to serve meals for anyone who needs one. We've spent the last several days trying to find a good spot to set up that can handle 5-6 big rigs and 4 cook teams and with much of the city still underwater, Conroe is the closest we can get. But I promise you we'll set up a distribution network to get plenty of meals into the city to those affected. So glad to work for a company that is dedicating so many resources to helping these folks. Unfortunately, I'll be leaving my boat in NWA!
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    derekburleson got a reaction from Phil Lilley in Anyone heading to Houston?   
    I'm headed down to Conroe, TX, with Tyson Foods Thursday to serve meals for anyone who needs one. We've spent the last several days trying to find a good spot to set up that can handle 5-6 big rigs and 4 cook teams and with much of the city still underwater, Conroe is the closest we can get. But I promise you we'll set up a distribution network to get plenty of meals into the city to those affected. So glad to work for a company that is dedicating so many resources to helping these folks. Unfortunately, I'll be leaving my boat in NWA!
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    derekburleson got a reaction from vernon in Anyone heading to Houston?   
    I'm headed down to Conroe, TX, with Tyson Foods Thursday to serve meals for anyone who needs one. We've spent the last several days trying to find a good spot to set up that can handle 5-6 big rigs and 4 cook teams and with much of the city still underwater, Conroe is the closest we can get. But I promise you we'll set up a distribution network to get plenty of meals into the city to those affected. So glad to work for a company that is dedicating so many resources to helping these folks. Unfortunately, I'll be leaving my boat in NWA!
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    derekburleson got a reaction from snagged in outlet 3 in Anyone heading to Houston?   
    I'm headed down to Conroe, TX, with Tyson Foods Thursday to serve meals for anyone who needs one. We've spent the last several days trying to find a good spot to set up that can handle 5-6 big rigs and 4 cook teams and with much of the city still underwater, Conroe is the closest we can get. But I promise you we'll set up a distribution network to get plenty of meals into the city to those affected. So glad to work for a company that is dedicating so many resources to helping these folks. Unfortunately, I'll be leaving my boat in NWA!
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    derekburleson got a reaction from Ron Burgundy in Anyone heading to Houston?   
    I'm headed down to Conroe, TX, with Tyson Foods Thursday to serve meals for anyone who needs one. We've spent the last several days trying to find a good spot to set up that can handle 5-6 big rigs and 4 cook teams and with much of the city still underwater, Conroe is the closest we can get. But I promise you we'll set up a distribution network to get plenty of meals into the city to those affected. So glad to work for a company that is dedicating so many resources to helping these folks. Unfortunately, I'll be leaving my boat in NWA!
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    derekburleson got a reaction from Quillback in Anyone heading to Houston?   
    I'm headed down to Conroe, TX, with Tyson Foods Thursday to serve meals for anyone who needs one. We've spent the last several days trying to find a good spot to set up that can handle 5-6 big rigs and 4 cook teams and with much of the city still underwater, Conroe is the closest we can get. But I promise you we'll set up a distribution network to get plenty of meals into the city to those affected. So glad to work for a company that is dedicating so many resources to helping these folks. Unfortunately, I'll be leaving my boat in NWA!
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    derekburleson reacted to Champ188 in Dam Area Small Jaw Bite   
    Two words that should never be in the same conversation are smallmouth and freezer.   Way too many other options out there for table fare.
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    derekburleson got a reaction from Ron Burgundy in Fun morning   
    Stayed a few hours and went home with this mixed bag. Pulling crankbaits around Houseman.

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    derekburleson got a reaction from trythisonemv in Fun morning   
    Stayed a few hours and went home with this mixed bag. Pulling crankbaits around Houseman.

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    derekburleson reacted to M_Taylor in Couple of Stripers   
    Got a couple hours in before work the other morning. Water temps around 67. Fish bit early, as soon as the sun came up the bite died. Both below were caught throwing artificials. 


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    derekburleson reacted to jolicious in Where are the Whites?   
    I'll be the guy stuck behind a desk.
    You won't see me, but feel free to shout "One for Joe!" If you'd like :-)
     
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    derekburleson got a reaction from Sore Thumbs in Quick Trip to PC   
    Awesome report and very similar to mine today. My buddy caught by far the biggest fish of his life and I couldn't be more happy. The whole thing about different stages of being a fisherman...I get a bigger thrill watching others catch fish these days. I didn't even put a rod in my hand today and still can't wipe the smile off my face.

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    derekburleson got a reaction from Tontitown in Quick Trip to PC   
    Awesome report and very similar to mine today. My buddy caught by far the biggest fish of his life and I couldn't be more happy. The whole thing about different stages of being a fisherman...I get a bigger thrill watching others catch fish these days. I didn't even put a rod in my hand today and still can't wipe the smile off my face.

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    derekburleson got a reaction from bferg in Quick Trip to PC   
    Awesome report and very similar to mine today. My buddy caught by far the biggest fish of his life and I couldn't be more happy. The whole thing about different stages of being a fisherman...I get a bigger thrill watching others catch fish these days. I didn't even put a rod in my hand today and still can't wipe the smile off my face.

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    derekburleson got a reaction from Lance34 in Quick Trip to PC   
    Awesome report and very similar to mine today. My buddy caught by far the biggest fish of his life and I couldn't be more happy. The whole thing about different stages of being a fisherman...I get a bigger thrill watching others catch fish these days. I didn't even put a rod in my hand today and still can't wipe the smile off my face.

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    derekburleson got a reaction from Bitethis in $675,000,000   
    Alligator skin bass boat seats. 
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    derekburleson got a reaction from Lance34 in $675,000,000   
    Alligator skin bass boat seats. 
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    derekburleson got a reaction from dtrs5kprs in $675,000,000   
    Alligator skin bass boat seats. 
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    derekburleson got a reaction from Champ188 in $675,000,000   
    Alligator skin bass boat seats. 
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    derekburleson got a reaction from Stump bumper in Storms   
    From the Corps of Engineers Facebook page:
    Spillway releases through Beaver and Table Rock dams.
    We will begin a spillway release at six p.m. today from Beaver Dam because of heavy rains today.
    The seven spillway gates will be opened two-foot releasing 15,000 cubic feet per second in addition to the 7,500 c.f.s. being released through the turbine generators. The total release is 22,500 c.f.s. The lake will crest at 1,131.5 feet above sea level.
    Future rainfall may cause the Corps to increase releases at Beaver Lake. This depends on how much additional rain falls and how quickly it falls.
    Releases from Table Rock Lake are expected to begin Monday, Dec. 28. Releases will range from 20,000 c.f.s. to 40,000 c.f.s. because of the current heavy rainfall in the Beaver Table Rock drainage basin.
    Daily lake information can be obtained at www.swl-wc.usace.army.mil or the Corps’ mobile App which can be found in mobile App stores by searching for USACE Little Rock.
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    derekburleson got a reaction from Ham in A couple of Big M launch pics   
    Beaver town bridge. Photo from Robert Roman Norman.

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