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Catches improve at Beaverdam during cooler weather

Anglers on the Beaverdam Reservoir were in for some good fishing during those few cooler days near the end of August. The black crappie picked up significantly, according to parks supervisor Randy Drake, and largemouth bass, perch, bluegill, sunfish and catfish were still being caught.

Live minnows and small jigs were very productive for crappie, with one boat landing over 30 and another catching over 20. The largest crappie was 14 inches long. 

Bass are still hitting top-water lures first thing in the morning and just as the sun begins to set. Crankbaits and plastic lures work better in the middle of the day as the bass retreat to the cooler and darker depths. Minnows continue to produce the occassional bass from shore and from the fishing pier. 

Some nice-sized catfish are being hooked from boats and from the pier, with one boater catching 11 catfish in a single outing. Nightcrawlers are the bait of choices for sunfish and bluegills while worms are also good for perch. T...

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