Fishing

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. Classified into six regions from the Ozark Mountains to the Delta, the state provides some of the best local fishing areas you’ll find, albeit a quiet cove on a lake or the serenity of a trout river.

May is a wonderful  month to get out and explore the Arkansas Delta. These great events offer fun for kids of all ages. If the youngster in your life has ever wanted to learn more about fishing, here’s a great opportunity. Our friends at Lake Frierson State Park in Jonesboro offer a Youth Fishing Workshop …
Cora Easterday of Visit Hot Springs has sent word about the upcoming Hot Springs Fishing Challenge. The event, which was created to bring attention to the fishing available in Arkansas, has been taking place for the past six years and this year is starting earlier than in the past, with an opening date of April …
If you’re interested in getting into fly fishing, here’s a great way to do it if you’re in North Central Arkansas. Greg Seaton of The Little Red Fly Fishing Guide Service is offering free fly fishing classes in February. Classes will run four consecutive weeks beginning Thursday, Feb. 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. …
Arkansas is home to more than 600,000 acres of lakes. Among these are five in Southwest Arkansas collectively known as the Diamond Lakes. These are Lake Ouachita and Lake Hamilton at Hot Springs, Lake Catherine near Malvern, DeGray Lake at Arkadelphia and Lake Greeson between Glenwood and Murfreesboro. Arkansas angler and fishing expert Billy Murray …
The holiday season is upon us and with it, comes a chance to spend quality time with family and friends. Traditionally held the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping spree, with sales taking place at many major retailers. However, for those on the lookout for other options to embark …
A Fly Fishing 101 Workshop is set to take place at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs on October 8. The class is being taught by guides from Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters. While here, participants will be taught skills such as fly selection and will learn and practice casting in surrounding Lake Hamilton. The workshop, which …
Arkansas angler and fishing expert Billy Murray recently tackled one of the highest achievements in the sport, an induction into the National Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. His fellow inductees this year include former President George H.W. Bush and Gary Yamamoto, an innovative lure designer. Murray was included in the lineup for his work as …
In Arkansas, trout fishing for rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and brook trout is a favorite outdoor activity on the White River in the tailwaters of the Norfork, Bull Shoals, Beaver, Ouachita, and Greers Ferry dams. If you’d like to take part in the fun but are new to fishing, one of the best ways to get …
Around here, we like to think every day is a great day for kids to visit parks. And the National Park Trust agrees—so much so that they’ve designated a special day to encourage children to visit national, state and municipal parks across the country. National Kids to Parks Day will be held this year on …
Get ready for gypsy-jazz, an old-fashioned White River shore lunch, parade, car show, fly casting demonstrations and more on the first weekend of May during the annual Cotter Trout Festival. The fun kicks off from 4:30 p.m. until dark on Friday, May 6 at the pavilion in Big Spring Park. Live music will be by …