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Fishing for striped bass in AR.

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Striper Fishing Lakes In Arkansas

If you want to catch a monster fish in Arkansas, one of your best bets would be a striper. These striped bass can take over a half hour to land and strip 200 yards of line off your reel so fast you may need to cool off the reel with water. The smaller ones run in packs and feed in frenzies. While they are feeding you can catch them till your arms get tired. Choose from Beaver Lake, Bull Shoals Lake, DeGray Lake, Greers Ferry Lake, Lake Chicot, Lake Dardanelle, Lake Hamilton, Lake Ouachita and Norfork Lake as the best lakes to catch stripers in Arkansas.

The Arkansas state record striped bass was taken out of the White River.

Striper fishing

While stripers are native to salt water, they naturally migrate into fresh water streams to spawn. Their eggs must remain in motion in order to hatch so the fresh water rivers and streams become the ideal spawning grounds for stripers. Landlocked stripers then populate the lakes.

Fishing for striped bass in Arkansas

Striped Bass


Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

AR State Record: 64 lbs 8 oz

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Fishing for Stripers in Arkansas

When fishing for stripers concentrate on the deeper waters in the lake. If you can locate schools of shad, stripers are often close by. When the baitfish are shallow over the deep water, you can catch stripers on crankbaits or by swimming spoons at appropriate depths. Check Arkansas fishing reports for current striper information. And for the ultimate thrill try large topwater baits if you see any surface feeding action. When the stripers are deep, jigs and jigging spoons work well. Live and cut bait will also take striped bass when they are in medium to deeper water. Fish nearby or in the river channel if it is a defined depth change. Trolling is also an excellent way to fish for stripers. Use flashy lures in bigger sizes.

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Learn the migration of stripers

The more you know about the seasonal migration of striped bass, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Arkansas striper fishing lakes. Visit the striped bass fishing page for more in-depth information about striper movements.

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