Striped Bass are the main attraction at Beaver Lake.
Beaver Lake Lake spreads over 28,220 acres with 487 miles of natural shoreline in the Ozark Mountains.
Beaver Lake is intentionally managed for BIG STRIPERS, not big numbers, according to the AGFC. Formed by the damming of the White River, the 28,220-acre lake wanders 70 miles through the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas. The lake averages about 60 feet deep, but some holes plunge to more than 220 feet deep.
Stripers average 10 to 15 pounds , and 30- to 40- pound fish show up with good regularity.
Beaver Lake produced a former state-record striped bass, which weighed 57 pounds. In addition, the current Arkansas state record a 64-pound, 8-ounce giant that is also a line-class world record for 12-pound test, came from the Beaver Lake tailwater.
Striped Bass don't reproduce naturally in Beaver Lake, but the lake has been stocked with about 200,000 stripers a year since 1967. Because of its size and depth, Beaver Lake has good habitat even through the hottest days of summer. In addition to stripers, which get stocked at a target rate of 200,000 fish per year (though in some years actual numbers are lower), Beaver gets hybrid striped bass stocked in it every three or four years.
Beaver Lake supports a good shad population, with both threadfin and gizzard shad in the mix. Striped bass growth rates, which biologists keep a close eye on, are very good.
The stripers make a distinct run up the lake's two main arms during March and April in an attempt to spawn and in the summer most fish are within about six miles of the dam, where the best deep-water habitat is found. During May, however they might be just about anywhere.