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.

Ouachita Fishing

Ouachita fishing is fun! You can add sparkle to your travel when you go fly fishing in the Ouachita Mountains, visit a crystal or diamond mine, or relax in a spa city filled with family attractions.

You can add sparkle to your travel in the Ouachita Mountains at a lake or river, a crystal or diamond mine or a spa city filled with attractions.

Arkansas Fishing Resorts

Beautiful settings for Ouachita fishing, skiing, swimming, scuba diving, sailing and other outdoor sports are found at the five "diamond lakes" of the region: Ouachita, Hamilton, Catherine, Greeson and DeGray. Private Arkansas fishing resorts ring the lakes offering gorgeous views and fun. Some of the resorts and lodges provide spa treatments, luxurious cabins, horseback trail rides, restaurants, and watercraft and houseboat rentals. DeGray Lake Resort State Park offers a lodge, camping, golf, boat rentals and other recreation.

Lake DeGray Fishing

As evidenced by its popularity for fishing, camping, swimming, water-skiing and other water sports, the 13,400-acre DeGray Lake is a prime vacation and weekend getaway in west-central Arkansas. Situated among ridges of the Ouachita Mountains and formed by a dam across the Caddo River, the lake has more than 700 campsites, ranging from full hook-ups to primitive, and some 15 boat-launching ramps on its shores. Houseboating, sailing and scuba diving are also popular, as is observing bald eagles that winter on DeGray.

Things to Do in the Ouachita Region

Lake Degray Fishing FunHot Springs National Park, "America's First Resort," has top thoroughbred racing at Oaklawn, a renowned arts community, music and magic shows, a religious drama, Garvan Woodland Gardens, Mid-America Science Museum, trolleys, a mountaintop observation tower, private resorts, luxury hotels and thermal baths. Magic Springs/Crystal Falls theme and water parks feature exciting rides and plenty of water features.

Hunt for diamonds - and keep any you find - at Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro. You can also dig for quartz crystals at mines in the Mount Ida area. Near Mena, Queen Wilhelmina State park reigns atop Arkansas's second highest peak. The Talimena National Scenic Byway has breathtaking views. And there are outdoor sports aplenty to be enjoyed such as hiking the Ouachita National Forest or canoeing and fishing the Ouachita, Caddo and Cossatot rivers.

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Four Arkansas lakes make Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings

June 30, 2017 10:17 p.m.
Four Arkansas lakes are on Bassmaster Magazine’s recent release of the publication’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings. This year, the rankings highlight the Top 12 fisheries in the nation regardless of lo...

Arkansas and Twin Lakes area open for business

June 15, 2017 4:46 p.m.
 Arkansas and the Twin Lakes area of The Natural State are open for business, despite the flooding and high water experienced in the spring. “Yes, we had some high waters during the flooding in southe...

Fly Fishing 101 class at Garvan Woodland Gardens

June 8, 2017 5:20 p.m.
Guides from Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters in Hot Springs will be presenting an introductory Fly Fishing 101 class at Garvan Woodland Gardens on June 17.  Those interested will learn the basics of the cr...
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