Beaver Lake


Posted by Phil Lilley on November 27th, 2011
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Beaver Lake is the first lake in the White River Chain of lakes, located in northwest Arkansas.  The region’s rugged terrain leans the lake’s shores to sheer bluffs and overhangs as well as a beautiful combination of hardwood and soft pine trees.  The lack of development on its banks gives this lake a serene feel whether you are fishing or boating its clear, clean waters.

Beaver is best known for its population of striped and hybrid bass. These fish do not naturally reproduce in Beaver Lake, but the Arkansas Fish and Game has stocked about 200,000 fingerlings annually since 1967, just a couple of years after the dam was built.  Beaver has produced several state record monsters including the last lake record of 57 pounds, caught by Holt Holyfield of Rogers, AR,  in 1999.  The current state record was caught below Beaver Lake in its tailwater and it weighed 74 pounds, eight ounces, caught by Jeff Fletcher in 2000.  Hybrid bass are stocked in Beaver every three to four years.

There are two distinct parts of Beaver Lake, the north and south regions.  The south region is known for its muddy water because most of the inflow runoff comes from the White River and Richland and War Eagle creeks.  During heavy runoff periods, the water from these and other rivers and creeks runs muddy, pushing dingy water into the lake from the south.  The north side of the lake, though, stays pretty clear, many times of the year it is gin-clear.  This difference must be taken in account when fishing these areas.

Don’t count out other game species in Beaver. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing is excellent, as well as white bass and crappie.  The professional bass tours take their turns every year at Beaver, and for good reason.  Its beauty is only matched by its great fishing possibilities and enhanced by the activities around the area– Eureka Springs, the Passion Play and Pea Ridge National Military Park.

Fishing Chart, provided by Scott Bice (Fin and Feather on OAF, 2014)

Beaver Lake Fishing Chart 2

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Beaver Lake Fishing Chart 1

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2014 Live Bait Laws for Beaver Lake:

Transporting bait out of Missouri

Live bait taken from public waters of Missouri may not be sold or transported from the state.

Live Bait from Grand Lake Oklahoma

See page 37

Arkansas Game and Fish Bait regulations

Pages 30 and 31

State Record Fish
Paddlefish – 102 pounds, 8 ounces  caught by Michael Curran Rogers  on March 22, 2007

Beaver Lake Map (Corp PDF)

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