Kids bank fishing at Lake Sylvia
Kids bank fishing at Lake Sylvia
People fishing from a pier at Lake Chicot State Park
People fishing from a pier at Lake Chicot State Park
Teens bank fishing at a lake near Osceola, Arkansas
Teens bank fishing at a lake near Osceola, Arkansas
Kids bank fishing at Lake Sylvia
Kids bank fishing at Lake Sylvia
A father and son bank fishing in Arkansas
A father and son bank fishing in Arkansas

Bank Fishing Hot Spots in Arkansas

Almost half of Arkansas’ anglers fish from the bank, according to an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission survey conducted from a random sample of all fishing license holders. Arkansas boasts more than 600,000 acres of lakes and 90,000 miles of rivers and streams, providing ample opportunities for anglers to cast their lines from the bank.

Where to Fish

  • Castle Vector
    Below U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' dams
  • pebbles
    Gravel beds, where fish spawn
  • pier
    Lakes with fishing piers
  • Fish
    Shoreline buffer zones on AGFC lakes
  • water
    Where streams flow into other waterways

Additionally, all Arkansas Game and Fish Commission accesses and fish attractors can be found using the AGFC’s interactive maps at www.agfc.com/en/resources/maps. In high-population areas of the state, take advantage of stocked local ponds and lakes that are part of the AGFC Family and Community Fishing Program.

Tips for bank fishing

Similar strategies apply whether you are fishing lakes or rivers. The primary strategy is to look for cover such as weed beds, downed trees and submerged logs. Make sure it is within casting distance.

ALL YOU NEED:

  • Fishing Rod (an inexpensive one works fine)

  • Sinker

  • Bobber

  • Bait options: crickets and worms, or lures

Hot Spots