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  • Beaver Lake is located in Benton, Carroll,Washington and Madison counties in N.W. Arkansas. Covering some 70 miles throughout the beautiful Ozark Mountains; connecting with the White River. With more than 400 miles of shorline, Beaver Lake covers over 28,000 acres. The average depth of the lake is 60 feet with depths reaching over 200 feet closer to the dam.

  • Beaver lake has multiple species of game fish, however the most plentiful would be crappie. crappie on beaver lake must be 10" long, but it is not uncommon to catch crappie exceeding 15".
  • We have been fishing beaver lake regularly since the 90's and we are the longest running Crappie Guides on the lake. We love to fish and to be out on the water, it never gets old! It is in our blood! We enjoy teaching what we know to others and sharing any tips and techniques we have learned over the years. On a trip with us you will also learn about fish habitat and the different cycles crappie go through throughout the year.
  • On our trip we will fish mostly open water, bluffs and docks. We can get out of the wind and rain! We will fish brush piles, standing timber and bamboo crappie condos. We will cast jigs, vertically fish jigs and use a minnow under a slip float in most cases. We primarily use spin cast reels with 6 pound test on ultra light B&M poles. Push button reels are available.
  • Other fish often caught while Crappie fishing on Beaver are: Walleye, Kentucky Bass, Largemouth bass, Smallmouth Bass, Catfish, Bream, White Bass, Hybrid Striped Bass & an occasional Striped Bass.
  • Crappie fishing can be good all year, but the best seasons are: March through June and late August through November.
  • We spend many days each winter putting out new habitat for the crappie to insure a higher catch rate. It is hard work but it pays off in the end with many limits being filled each year! Take a look at our photos pages to see a direct result of correctly placed fish attractors!
  • We will provide gas, life vests, fishing rod's and reel's, tackle, and bait.
  • We will also fillet and bag up your catch.
  • You may need to provide food, beverages, warm clothes for cooler weather, rain gear for ever changing weather conditions in N.W. Arkansas, camera, and a valid AR Fishing License. Or call 1-800-364-GAME.
      1. Current Guide Rates
          Half Day

        4 Hours
        Basic Trip

        6 Hours
        Full Day (seasonal)

        8 Hours
        1 or 2 Guests $275 $325 $400
        3 Guests (Weekends/Weekdays) $375 $425 $500
        4 Guests (Weekends/Weekdays) $475 $525 $600

        TRIP INFO

        You may pay cash or check (made out to your Guide for the trip)
        If you must cancel your trip, please let me know via e-mail or by phone at least a week in advance.
        Please note that extra time at the end of the trip will be needed to clean our catch unless you choose to end our trip early.

        One child fifteen (15) or under fishing with an adult, fish free.

        OUR FLEET

        Roger Cravens (All Trips): 18' Duracraft Bay Boat with a 115hp Yamaha Engine. Boat can accommodate 4 adults and 1 child or small adult.


        We also guide for trophy bass on Gentry's Swepco Lake October through April. Swepco Lake is heated by a coal burning power plant with water temps remaining from the 60's to 80's all winter. I use crappie tactics on these trips...live bait and light tackle. We will often catch bass 5 lbs and up as well as catfish and even lunker bluegill!


        We also offer trips on Lake Leatherwood. Lake Leatherwood is a beautiful 85 acre lake tucked away in the rolling hills of Eureka Springs. It offers excellent Bluegill and Crappie fishing and is a good option to avoid sometime busy crowds on other area lakes.


        • J.T. Crappie Guide Services is operated by Roger Cravens.

        • Call, text, or email for availability.

        • It's best to book Trips in advance to assure that you get the dates that you want. March through May and September through October trips book the quickest.

        • We start fishing most mornings at first light, so please be prepared for some cool temperatures!

        • Night guides available spring through early summer (April - July)
          Night trips will be done anchored close to a bluff near the main lake channel or in one of the private docks we have access to.
          We can accommodate larger groups on our docks for night fishing.
          We use lights to attract bait fish to catch crappie, white bass, walleye, and catfish.

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