Vacation Fishing Trips in Arkansas

With The Natural State's four distinctive seasons and moderate weather, even during the winter months, Arkansas has some of the best year round fishing available, which makes the Natural State ideal for vacation fishing trips.

Spring Fishing

By Seasons

Take a fishing tour of Arkansas in April or May, when you can enjoy fabulous spring bass fishing on Beaver Lake, excellent spring walleye fishing on Lake Ouachita and superb spring trout fishing on Bull Shoals Lake.

Spring bass fishing - spring walleye fishing - spring trout fishingStripers usually hit top-water baits in April and May. Hybrid stripers and white bass gorge on shad in early spring offering a couple weeks of frenzied fun. To capitalize on the spring spawn try feeder streams of the large lakes. Four of Hot Springs's diamond lakes - Catherine, Hamilton, Ouachita and DeGray - offer good bass fishing in April.

April brings spawning crappie at locations like Lake Dardanelle. In May, bluegills are on their beds. Or, try your luck for world-class spring walleye fishing in May at Lake Ouachita near Hot Springs.

The fishing fury caused by freshly stocked rainbow trout eager to bite on a dangling hook make Bull Shoals Lake the perfect destination for spring tout fishing. Or, enjoy the dogwoods blooming around Beaver Lake while you wet your linein preparation for great spring bass fishing. This lake contains smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and striper bass, not to mention plentiful supplies of crappie, bream, white bass, channel and spoonbill catfish.

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