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Beaver Lake

Crappie fishing has improved the south half of the lake.

Mike Whitehouse at Hickory Creek Marina said crappie are biting minnows or jigs 15 to 18 feet deep around brush. Anglers report catching 15-fish limits. Crappie must be 10 inches or longer to keep at Beaver Lake.

Catfish are biting well on rod and reel or by jug fishing. Use small sunfish to catch flathead catfish. Nightcrawlers, hot dog chunks and stink bait may work for channel catfish.

Striped bass are migrating to the south end of the lake. Anglers report catching stripers on brood minnows or shad.

James Whittle at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers said anglers report catching good numbers of stripers on the north end of the lake as well. Best fishing is from Point 6 to the dam with shad or brood minnows. Stripers are also in the Prairie Creek area, he said.

Black bass are biting top-water lures at first and last light. Try plastic worms or jig and pigs at midday.

Beaver tailwater

Lisa Mullins at the Beaver Dam Store said trout are biting well on Power Bait in bright colors or on nightcrawlers. Use light line for best results.

Good lures to use include small spoons, small crank baits and small jigs.

Top flies are hare's ears, midges, pheasant tails and San Juan worms. Use sizes 14 to 18.

Lake Fayetteville

David Powell at the lake office said catfish are biting for anglers fishing along the dam with liver or nightcrawlers.

Very few crappie have been caught. Anglers are trolling with Flicker Shad or Bandit 200 crank baits and catching three or four crappie per trip.

Try crank baits or plastic worms for black bass.

Lake Sequoyah

Mike Carver at the lake bait shop said black bass are biting fair on top-water lures or Zoom Flukes.

Crappie are shallow and deep and biting minnows or jigs. Catfish are biting liver or shad.

Swepco Lake

Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs said black bass are biting fair. Use any soft plastic lure rigged any way an angler likes.

Siloam Springs Lake

Stroud said crappie are biting minnows. Use top-water lures or plastic worms for black bass.

Eastern Oklahoma

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports fair catfishing at Fort Gibson Lake on shad along the main lake. Crappie fishing is slow.

Table Rock Lake

Fishing guide Pete Wenners said black bass are biting in creek arms on spinner baits, swim baits and jigging spoons. Try a jigging spoon or plastic worm on a drop-shot rig 30 to 45 feet deep over tree tops in 60 to 80 feet of water.

Sports on 11/06/2018

Print Headline: NWA fishing report

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