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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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...

Fly Tying and other Very Ento-resting Programs at Hobbs

September 10, 2014 3:32 PM
In addition to great trails for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in Rogers offers great programs that span a variety of interests. If you like insects o...
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Hiking AND Plush Lodging Near Buffalo River Wilderness Area

Azalea Falls Lodge Two nights lodging overlooking an 85 foot waterfall and one day of guided hiking in the beautiful upper Buffalo River area.

See wild elk & explore the Ozark Mountains! Third night free!

Buffalo Lodge Third night free in a log cabin near the Buffalo National River and elk!

Pet friendliest cabins with no deposit!

The Retreat at Sky Ridge Dogs of all sizes and breeds stay FREE - no pet deposit or fee.