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Beaver Dam Trout
Copyright 2017 James Marsh
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
Bottoms Campground.

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
the year.
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
are supportive.
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
brown trout.
Type of Stream

Brown Trout (Stocked with holdovers)
Rainbow Trout (Stocked with

Medium and rather short

North Central Arkansas

Nearest Towns
Eureka Springs



Special Regulations
Trophy Section

Non-Resident License
State of Arkansas

National Weather Service Link

Water Data
For a schedule of discharges call:

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Fishing Report Updated 05/16/17
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Beaverdam Tailwater Fishing Report - 05/16/17
The discharges are high right now. Make sure you call and get the discharge schedule.

Stream Conditions:

7 Day Weather Forecast:
There is chance of rain everyday for the next week. Highs will
range from
82 to 84 degrees and lows from 67 to 69 degrees.

Recommended Trout Flies:
Afternoon Water Temperature: 47
Clarity: clear
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
Scuds: 14/16
Sow Bugs: 16
Brown Sculpin and White Belly Sculpin, size 6
Black Matuka and Olive Matuka Sculpin, size 4/6
Little Black Caddisflies, size 18, pupa and adults
Spotted Sedges (caddis), size 14/16, larva, pupa and adults
Cinnamon Caddis, size 16/18, larva, pupa and adults
Little Brown Stoneflies, size 14, nymphs 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.
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.

Spotted Sedges (caddisflies) are hatching. Little Black Caddis are hatching. Cinnamon
Caddis are hatching.
Little Brown stoneflies are hatching.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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