Posted June 29 2012 - 11:57 AM
Beaverdam can be forgiving from shore. Just put on a 3-5 inch senko or a texas rigged 6-7 inch worm. From shore, cast to the outer weed edge. I can't guarentee you'll catch big ones but you will catch several 2-3 pounders. A little mepps spinner like a #0 or #1 can be fun out there from shore as well. As stated, your chances of a 4+ are going to be best accessible from a boat. One area i rarely see shore fisherman venture off to but has a ton of fish is to the right of the launch ramp (old launch, not off hope road). So if you are facing the lake and are standing on the ramp, instead of going left, go right and fish that cove and as far down as you can (100 yards or so). A ton of 2-3 pounders cruise that area with the occasional big fish, it is worth wading in the water to fish it. Going left is terrible fishing for several hundred yards. Matter of fact, i wouldn't even shore fish to the left of the ramp. I would fish that cove on the right of the ramp or go to the dam and fish that rock ledge with a small jerkbait, small senko type bait, or carolina rig of sorts. The last point before the dam also has a small cove that has a few bass as well. I think anywhere else is a waste of time from shore on that side of the lake as a shore fisherman accessible.
If you are fishing the hope road launch area, i have much better luck there shallow. I would hit the ramp and go right and fish the shore line all the way to the far right cove a few hundred yards away. The outer weed edges there have big bass and many 2-3 pound bass. The first cove with many big rocks has a ton of 1-2 pound bass. Put on a KVD 1.5 or 2.5 and catch a ton of bass. I do not have any luck with spinnerbaits out there. Used to be phenomenal bait out there but only catch a few and not that big (when fishing shallow). So, i'd fish that crankbait in addition to the baits i mentioned. I don't really start catching them till i get to the cove. Then hit the point and then the other cove. It is only a few hundred yards of fishing but i would just go back and forth here. I would not try anywhere else from shore since you are going to reduce your chances drastically. So, if i were shore fishing, try these. The people i have taken out who are terrible fisherman (only gone 1-2 times in their life) have caught over 5 in a few hours on all the spots i have mentioned. All spots are shore accessible. With this lake, your best chances of catching fish is retracing your spots over and over again. The fish are ALWAYS moving out there and rarely bunker down. Busy bees. Let me know how this works.