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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS FISHING REPORT

Posted: November 26, 2009 at 4:05 a.m.

Beaver Lake: Stripers are on the prowl on the southern end of Beaver Lake.

Bill Pope at Hickory Creek Marina said striper fishing is good in the White and War Eagle tributaries. The best spots to fish are bends in the main channel. “Find the shad and you’ll find the stripers,” Pope said.

The best baits are shad or brood minnows fished 15 to 25 feet deep.

White/chartreuse jigs on an umbrella rig are also effective. The average size is 9 pounds, but a few 20- and 30-pound stripers have been caught.

Black bass are fair to good onblack/blue jigs in flooded bushes.

Aaron Jolliff at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said black bass fishing is fair with jig and pigs.

Stripers are biting in the midlake area on shad or big minnows.

Jason Piper at J.T. Crappie Guide Services said crappie fishing is fair.

Best fishing is in the southern half of the lake. Work small tube jigs tipped with minnows 25 to 40 feet of deep.

White River below Beaver Dam: Jessi Eardley at the Beaver Dam Store said trout are biting Power Bait, nightcrawlers and waxworms.

The top lures are Buoyant Spoonsin fluorescent red, gold/red or silver/ blue. The best flies are Copper Johns, rainbow warriors and zebra midges.

Lake Fayetteville: Dollie Black at Lake Fayetteville boat dock said all fishing is slow. The lake is closed today for Thanksgiving.

Lake Sequoyah: Jackie Smith at Lake Sequoyah boat dock said black bass fishing is good with small spinner baits, crank baits and plastic worms.

Crappie are fair 1 to 4 feet deep on tube jigs or Roadrunners.

The lake is closed today for Thanksgiving.

Lake Elmdale: Lucky Key at Duck Camp Fishing Retreat said black bass are slow. Try jig and pigs around drop-offs.

Bluegill are biting worms 5 feet deep.

Bella Vista: Justin McClelland at Hook, Line and Sinker in Bella Vista said black bass fishing is good at all the lakes 2 to 6 feet deep with jigs, spinner baits and jerk baits.

Bluegill are biting worms or crickets 8 to 12 feet deep. Trout fishing is good at Lake Brittany on minnows or nightcrawlers.

Swepco Lake: Kenny Stroud at theSiloam Springs Walmart recommends using plastic worms 1 to 20 feet deep.

The Flint Creek Power Plant is shut down and no warm water is entering the lake.

Upper Table Rock Lake: J.D.

Fletcher at Eagle Rock, Mo., said black bass are biting spinner baits along wind-blown banks in the main channel.

Eastern Oklahoma: The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation said crappie fishing is fair at Lake Eucha with minnows or jigs 10-14 feet deep.

Outdoor, Pages 6 on 11/26/2009

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