The Arkansas spearfishing season opened 6/15 and I've been waiting all winter to go.
Opening season I dove Bull Shoals lake and shot some nice Walleye. However, I have been hearing about how good the vis is on Beaver Lake this year and I been anxious to see for myself.
Today, I met with my young spearo friend, Dusty and we launched our boat at about 9:00 AM.
The vis was incredible - I have not seen the lake this clear for years. We had 20 to 30 feet above the thermocline and more below the murk layer. We were freediving in the range of 30 to 45 feet. After hitting some of my favorite spots we were coming up empty and only saw small Stripers.
On our last spot we found them! I saw a nice fish approximately 20 feet away and I took the shot with my 55" CFM Wong. The fish rolled and I grabbed her at about 42 feet deep. This is the longest shot I have made on a Striper in this lake due to normally having less vis and using a smaller gun.
If the lake stays this clear I may have to break out my Super Magnum
My dive partner shot his fish about an hour later. After high fives, and a few pictures, we headed home. Doesn't get much better inland!!
Two pics included