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Top 10 Fishin' Holes


Arkansas has over 9,000 miles of water. With all that water there's bound to be some good fishing. As a matter of fact, many of Arkansas' waterways are known nationwide by fishing enthusiasts. Here are some of the best spots I know of to reel in the big ones.

1. The White River

The White River is a perfect trout stream. The inconsistences in the water make it shallow enough to see the trout swim under you one day and bank to bank with swift, cool water the next. This the kind of environment that trout love. The White River is also popular for fishing bream and bass.

2. The Little Red River

The Little Red River is one of Arkansas' world famous tailwater trout streams. It's known for great fly-fishing. Hundreds of thousands of rainbow trout are stocked here annually and periodic releases of brown trout have produced an excellent fishery for that species as well.

3. Lake Ouachita

Lake Ouachita is one of the more beautiful places in Arkansas. Beneath her clear, clean waters lie a wealth and variety of sporting fish. The lake is stocked each year with young schools of fish. You'll find lots of large mouth bass, brim, catfish, cool water walleye and even rainbow trout (mainly at the dam and spillway).

4. Lake DeGray

DeGray Lake produces several different species of bass along with blue and flathead catfish. DeGray is perfect for year long fishing due to its numerous coves, islands and wooded pockets.

5. Bull Shoals Lake

Bull Shoals Lake clear, still, deep waters are well suited for fishing. It's known to have some of the best bass fishing in the nation. The lake supports smallmouth, largemouth, Kentucky, and white bass as well as a large population of trout, crappie, catfish, walleye, and pan fish.

6. Greers Ferry Lake

Greers Ferry Lake is a deep, clear lake. You can find bass, walleye, crappie and bream. The lake is the home of the World Walleye Classic and attracts hundreds of expert walleye anglers every year.

7. Arkansas River

The Arkansas River traverses the state from west to east, creating 50-mile-long Lake Dardanelle in the process. The river offer excellent angling for a variety of bass and catfish species as well as crappie.

8. Buffalo River

The Buffalo has fast, clear, oxygen rich water. This makes it ideal for smallmouth bass. The Buffalo's cool, clean waters also provide perfect habitat for channel catfish, green and longear sunfish and spotted bass.

9. Caddo River

Smallmouth and spotted bass are the most notable sportfishes inhabiting the Caddo. The most productive bass angling begins near Caddo Gap and ends below Amity.

10. Norfork Lake

Lake Norfork offers excellent fishing for crappie, walleye, bluegill, stripers, largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass and catfish.

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