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Arkansas' Top 25 Bass Destinations from Bassmaster

Jul 22, 2013 - Ducks, deer, turkey, dove. All great species to hunt. But give us a War Eagle 962 Tomahawk and a tackle box full of spinnerbait, flukes and plastic worms, and we'll hunt down some bass. Arkansas offers plenty of good places to fish bass. Bassmaster.com even ranked them, a top 25 of Arkansas bass destinations that takes in every corner of the state:

  • Arkansas River - The Arkansas River offers 300 miles of fish habitat from Oklahoma to Mississippi. Even omitting the portions officially named Ozark Lake and Lake Dardanelle, the river still offers a bassing area larger than any of the man-made lakes in the state. Bass fishing competitions on the river are common.
  • Lake Hamilton - This 7,460-acre lake in Hot Springs is great for striper fishing. It is home to two previous state record catches.
  • Lake Ouachita - Arkansas’s largest man-made lake (40,100 acres) is ideal for big stripers. One of the most popular methods for catching them is trolling with downriggers along the river channel from near the dam to where it is joined by the Little Blakely and Big Blakely creek channels.
  • Millwood Lake - This lake has diverse visible cover and a lot of timber and structure. It’s an interesting lake to fish and has a lot of prime spots to catch bass.
  • Greers Ferry Lake - There are good odds that the next state largemouth bass record will come from Greers Ferry Lake. This 31,500-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers impoundment became the focus of nationwide attention when Jerald Shaum caught his world-record 27-pound, 5-ounce hybrid in 1997. In summer, many hybrid aficionados night fish with 8- to 10-inch live gizzard shad.
  • Lake Conway - It’s 6,700 acres and still a good bass lake at over 50 years of age. Old creek channels that can be found on all sides of the lake are some of the best places to fish.
  • Bull Shoals Lake - Five- to 10-pound largemouth bass aren’t rare in Bull Shoals, and a 12-pounder has been boated in this lake known for a variety of other black bass and gamefish.
  • Beaver Lake - Beaver Lakehas given up several 40-pound-plus state record stripers. In spring, these huge fish may be scattered all over the lake, but there are some areas and methods you can count on. One prime hot spot encompasses the huge flats near where the White River and War Eagle join in the upper portion of Beaver. The main river channel averages 60- to 65-feet deep through this area, but is surrounded by flats that range from 10 to 30 feet in depth. Beaver’s spring stripers always can be found somewhere in this vicinity.
  • Felsenthal - A lot of largemouth bass come out of these Ouachita River bottoms all year long. If you know the workings of plastic worms, spinner baits and crankbaits, you’re ready for Felsenthal.
  • Lake Chicot - Arkansas’s largest natural lake (a Mississippi River oxbow) is stocked with Florida-strain largemouth bass, so be prepared with stout tackle.

Check out the rest of the top 25 here, and remember, War Eagle Boats can get you to that favorite spot in style and ease.


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