Iíve lived here for 2 years and just bought my first Arkansas fishing license last week. There is only one benefit for retired military/veterans and it requires going through the Little Rock F&G office directly. You still pay full price for the annual resident plus add-ons, but itís good for three years. Make sure to buy the trout stamp as well as border states permit so you can fish all of the White River impoundments and Bull Shoals.
Iíve only been out on Beaver twice and I can tell you already, itís tough! Iíve been all over the Southern US and Midwest regions, and Beaver is definitely different, just like everyone says. On my second trip out, I did manage to locate some feeding bass around structure and man made cover adjacent to deeper water. Specifically, we fished the mouth of a small cove where the feeder creek merged with a larger creek and we found fish around the two boat docks that were floating over two points. The fish I was marking were around 20í under schools of baitfish, but they would come up to just below the surface to hit suspending jerk baits and spinners. These were pretty small bass, well under the legal length. There are big ones here, but I reckon it will take a long time of searching to find them.
When you canít find good current info on Beaver fishing conditions, look at Table Rock reports. Same river chain, and very similar composition. Beaverís baitfish and smaller game fish support the Striper population and everything else has to compete with the much larger predators. But, smallies and largemouth have similar competition in the Great Lakes and still manage to survive and keep game fishermen satisfied, so donít dispair! Beaver bass should behave similarly to Table Rock bass at the same time, so those other reports will have some relavency. Good luck!