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Arkansas Fishing

All about fishing in the Natural State

Arkansas fisking lakes

The state of Arkansas offers a variety of fishing for a variety of bass. Crappie fishing is available in most waters as is catfish and panfish. Some excellent trout fishing is available on some of the rivers and streams. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, flier sunfish, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, tilapia, warmouth, white bass, yellow bass, yellow perch, stripers, alligator gar, bowfin, chain pickerel, longnose gar, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, saugeye, spotted gar and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Arkansas Lakes

Arkansas major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major lakes in Arkansas, cross referencing them with the types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in AR, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Arkansas Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Beaver Lake is a 30,000-acre impoundment located in the northwest corner of the state just east of Rogers, Arkansas.

Bull Shoals Lake is a 45,000 acre reservoir located in the extreme north, center of the state just west of Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Lake Conway is a 6,500-acre lake located in the center of the state just north of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Lake Dardanelle is a 40,000-acre lake situated in the north, north-central part of the state, immediately west of Russelville, Arkansas.

Greers Ferry Lake is a 32,000-acre lake located in north-central Arkansas 80 miles north of Little Rock.

Lake Hamilton is a 7,200-acre lake located mid-state slightly west of center, immediately south of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Lake Jack Lee is a 10,000-acre lake located in the far south-central portion of the state just above the Arkansas - Louisiana border at Felsenthal, Arkansas.

Lake Maumelle is an 8,500-acre lake located 15 miles northwest of Little Rock in the center of Arkansas.

Lake Millwood is a 35,000-acre lake located in the far southwest corner of the state, immediately west of Saratoga, Arkansas.

Norfolk Lake is a 22,000-acre lake located in the extreme north, center of the state just east of Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Lake Ouachita is a 40,000-acre lake located mid-state slightly west of center, 25 miles northwest of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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State of Arkansas Fishing Information

The AR Game and Fish Commission website offers information on fishing and outdoor activities in Arkansas. Click here for an AR Fishing License.

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in Arkansas.

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Fish for big bass in Arkansas

Excellent largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in AR.

Fish Species in Arkansas

Fishing for bass in Arkansas

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

AR State Record: 16 lbs 8 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

AR State Record: 7 lbs 5 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

AR State Record: 7 lbs 15 oz

Fishing for catfish in Arkansas

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

AR State Record: 38 lbs 0 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

AR State Record: 80 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

AR State Record: 116 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for crappie in Arkansas

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

AR State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

AR State Record: 4 lbs 7 oz

Fishing for walleye in Arkansas

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

AR State Record: 22 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for trout in Arkansas

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

AR State Record: 19 lbs 1 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

AR State Record: 9 lbs 9 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

AR State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

AR State Record: 40 lbs 4 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

AR State Record: 11 lbs 5 oz

Fishing for panfish in Arkansas

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

AR State Record: 3 lbs 4 oz

Flier Sunfish

Flier sunfish

World record: 1 lbs 4 oz

AR State Record: 0 lbs 14 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

AR State Record: 1 lbs 11 oz

Longear Sunfish

Longear sunfish

World record: 1.75 lbs

AR State Record: 1 lbs 2 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

AR State Record: 2 lbs 14 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

AR State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz

Tilapia

Tilapia

World record: 4.4 lbs

AR State Record: 3 lbs 8 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

AR State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

AR State Record: 5 lbs 6 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

AR State Record: 2 lbs 2 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

AR State Record: 1 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Arkansas

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

AR State Record: 64 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for other species in Arkansas

Alligator Gar

Alligator gar

World record: 279 lbs

AR State Record: 215 lbs 0 oz

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

AR State Record: 17 lbs 5 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

AR State Record: 7 lbs 10 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

AR State Record: 35 lbs 12 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

AR State Record: 16 lbs 1 oz

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

AR State Record: 102 lbs 8 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

AR State Record: 6 lbs 12 oz

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

AR State Record: 9 lbs 0 oz

Spotted Gar

Spotted gar

World record: 9 lbs 12 oz

AR State Record: 6 lbs 12 oz

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Estimated world record: 1,100 lbs

AR State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

AR State Record: 23 lbs 12 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.