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.

Trout Fishing Lures and Baits

A host of variables determine the best bait or lure choice for Arkansas trout, including weather, water conditions, season, the tackle you prefer using, whether you're fishing from bank or boat, which trout water you are fishing, whether you are using a fly rod or spin casting and more.

For those who like to fly fish, a popular sport on the White, North Fork and Little Red rivers in particularly, some favorite wet patterns include red fox squirrel hair nymphs, sowbugs, scuds, Wooly Buggers, sculpin, and softshell crayfish patterns. The best thing to do is check with local fly shops for popular patterns at your destination.

A wide range of effective small artificial baits for most Arkansas trout waters include small minnow-type plugs, spinners, small crankbaits, spoons and small jigs.

Effective natural baits - night crawlers, crawfish, sculpins, and waxworms - are used on their own or in combinations - marabou jig with waxworm. Other popular baits often used in combination with night crawlers include Velveeta cheese, marshmallows, canned corn, salmon eggs, and commercial baits.

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Connect with Nature at Moro Bay State Park

February 2, 2015 8:20 PM
Known as a fishing and water sport hot spot, Moro Bay State Park is the only Arkansas state park on the lower Ouachita River. “Moro Bay is a smaller park in a less populated area of the state that man...

Experience the Outdoors…Indoors!

December 19, 2014 3:23 PM
January may not be the best time to play in the outdoors…but you can experience some of Arkansas’s great natural attractions indoors at two amazing Arkansas Game and Fish Nature Centers in eastern Ark...

Fall Fishing on the Ouachita River

October 7, 2014 5:50 PM
Though fishing in Arkansas is available year-round, fall is a beautiful time to cast a line and enjoy the favorable temperatures and colorful fall foliage of the season. The Ouachita River has long be...
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