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Fly Fishing The Beaver Lake (Beaver
Dam) Tailwater Arkansas
The White River is well known for its Bull Shoals Lake
tailwater but not so much for its tailwater below Beaver
Lake Dam. The state stocks the river regularly but it also
has a very good population of holdover trout and
although it is mostly a rainbow trout stream, it's
becoming well known for its brown trout fishing. There
have been habitat improvements made to the stream
that are mostly responsible for this. Part of this involved
installing what is called "lunker bunkers" or structures
that provide habitat for the fish.
Dam Site Park on the Beaver Lake tailwater lies nine
miles west of Eureka Springs. The park is just below
Beaver Dam. This park offers several trails that access
the river. It has an access road that runs parallel with
the river and leads to a boat launch.
Downstream in the park you will find the Riverview
Campground, a small campground of the Corps of
Engineers. There's a trophy section of the river that can
be accessed from the campground. The regulations are
strictly "catch and release" in this section of the river.
Farther downstream in Dam Site Park is the Parker
As with most any tailwater fishery, it is very important to
know the water levels and if possible, the dam discharge
schedule. The water can be easily waded in many
places with the water low but not when it's running high.
It's also important to keep a close eye on the levels
when you are wading.
The Beaver Dam tailwater has plenty of scuds and
sowbugs which represent a large part of the trout's diet.
There are few mayflies and caddisflies but tons of
midges. Fly fishing the Beaver Dam tailwater
successfully requires mastering catching trout on tiny
imitations of midge larvae, pupae and sometimes, adults.
The season is open year-round on the Beaver Dam
tailwater and you can catch trout just about every day of
Winter is one of the best times to fish the Beaver Dam
tailwater. Midge fishing is very popular.
Spring time can be great provided the water releases
The summer is the most popular time for fly fishing the
White River below Beaver Dam. The water stays cool
but it is often high due to heavy discharges.
Autumn provides the best opportunity for fly fishing
Beaver Dam tailwater if you want to catch a trophy size
Beaver Dam Tailwater
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 71/2
ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five or
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
Fishing Report Updated 01/03/17
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Beaverdam Tailwater Fishing Report - 01/03/17
The discharges should remain fairly low. The lake in near the right level but be sure to
7 Day Weather Forecast: There is chance of snow on Friday and Saturday, otherwise
clear for the next week. Highs will range from 35 to 64 degrees and lows from 23 to 49
Recommended Trout Flies:
Afternoon Water Temperature: 39
Call 417-336-5083 for Discharge Schedule
Midges: Blood (Red), sizes 20/22, larva, pupa and adults
Midges: Cream, size 20/22, larva, pupa and adults
Midges: Light Green, size 20/22, larva, pupa and adults
Sow Bugs: 16
Brown Sculpin and White Belly Sculpin, size 6
Black Matuka and Olive Matuka Sculpin, size 4/6
Winter Stoneflies, size 16 and 18, nymphs and adults
Black Flies, size 18/20, larva, pupa and adults
Strategies, Techniques and Tips:
The Black Matuka and Olive Matuka Sculpin are good flies to use for the larger size
trout, during low light conditions and in stained or off color water.
Scuds and Sowbugs are available for the trout year-round. The White Belly and Brown
Sculpin are great choices for streamers for this tailwater.
Winter stoneflies are hatching.
Black Flies are hatching.
We still think a good strategy will be fishing a tandem Midge rig under a small strike
indicator with the midge lava as the bottom fly and the midge pupa as the top fly. Fish
the adult midge only when you observe trout feeding on the surface.
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