Arkansas Fishing By Region

Arkansas River Valley Fishing

Nestled between the Ouachita and Ozark mountain ranges, the Arkansas River Valley is a land of sweeping vistas, impressive heights, scenic byways and highways, and picturesque rivers, lakes, streams and forests. The Arkansas River Valley is the place for an exciting vacation with an emphasis on the great outdoors.

Arkansas River Valley Fishing at Lake Dardanelle Arkansas River Valley fishing offers many beautiful and bountiful fishing spots and float streams such as the Mulberry River, Big Piney Creek, Illinois Bayou and South Fourche River that are great places to fish for smallmouth bass or float a canoe. There are tournament-quality bass fishing holes that include the Arkansas River and Lake Dardanelle. Be sure to visit the new state-of-the-art fish weigh-in station at Lake Dardanelle State Park and the impressive new visitor's center.

Harris Brake, Ozark, Overcup and Brewer lakes also offer top fishing for bass and panfish.

Scenic highways in the Arkansas River Valley run everywhere. Take Scenic 7 Byway, Mount Magazine Scenic Byway (Arkansas 309), Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway (Arkansas 21) and other scenic routes for dramatic viewing of the Arkansas River Valley's best outdoor scenes.

Follow the Arkansas River to the state's northwest corner for a fascinating chapter of Old West history at the Fort Smith National Historic Site. Enjoy free tours and samples in the wine country at Altus and Paris. Visit the Victoriana that is downtown Van Buren. See the three state parks in the clouds: Mount Nebo, Petit Jean and Mount Magazine.

Unique attractions are here as well, such as the Museum of Automobiles atop Petit Jean Mountain, and many more interesting stops.