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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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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