Striped bass are on the move to the south end of the lake, reports Reese Jones at Hook, Line and Sinker in Rogers.
Stripers typically prefer the north end of the lake during summer. When water starts cooling, they move south. Jones recommends fishing for them in the Prairie Creek area on shad or brood minnows 30 to 40 feet deep.
Black bass fishing remains dog-days tough. Fishing is best early with top-water lures. Try tube baits, swim baits or grubs early around docks. Go for crappie in the Prairie Creek area with minnows or jigs fished 10 to 20 feet around brush. Use worms for bluegill in shallow water. Average surface water temperature is in the upper 60s to low 70s.
Work continues through Thursday on the second phase of shoreline stabilization work. Anglers can expect to see heavy machinery operating in the White River one-half mile downstream from the dam.
Lisa Mullins at Beaver Dam Store reports good fly fishing for trout with nightcrawlers or Power Bait in bright colors combined with a waxworm.
Size 16 midges are best for fly fishing. Fish them under a strike indicator. Good colors include copper and black, red and silver or root beer. Small 1/125th-ounce jigs are working. Good colors include olive and orange or olive and black.
The top lures are small crank baits or small spoons. Good spoon colors are red and gold or gold and silver.
David Powell at the lake office said black bass and crappie are moving shallow.
Try top-water lures or plastic worms for black bass in water one to five feet deep. Use minnows or jigs for crappie six to eight feet deep. Fishing is slow for bluegill and catfish.
Mike Carver at the lake office said fishing is slow. Some white bass and black bass are biting crank baits. Crappie are 15 feet deep and biting jigs or minnows. Try liver or cut baits for catfish. Use worms or crickets for bluegill.
Hook, Line and Sinker in Bella Vista recommends fishing for bluegill with crickets or worms six to 20 feet deep at all Bella Vista lakes. For black bass, try top-water lures early at all Bella Vista lakes. Go with swim baits or Ned rigs later in the day.
Kenny Stroud in Siloam Springs recommends using top-water lures at dawn, dusk and on cloudy days. Try plastic worms rigged Carolina or Texas style or on a shaky-head jig.
Stroud recommends fishing for black bass with tube baits, grubs, plastic lizards or small black buzz baits.
The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation reports fair fishing for black bass at Lake Tenkiller with crank baits, plastic worms or spinner baits. Bluegill fishing is good with worms in shallow water around brush and docks.
At Fort Gibson Lake, black bass are biting well on crank baits and plastic worms.
Table Rock Lake
Focused Fishing guide service reports black bass are biting swim baits or jig and pigs along banks and points with a mix of gravel and rock. Try on either side of a point, not right on top of the point.
Fish are shallow early, about four to eight feet. Fish four to 12 feet deep later in the day.