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Lake Ouachita Sponsored by
Date 22-Mar-18
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Conditions : Lake Ouachita: Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) says black bass are excellent. Pre-spawn and spawning lures are best now. Shallow running crank baits, spinnerbaits, Z-man Chatterbaits and green soft plastics are doing real well at this time. Secondary points and coves are the best areas for these fish. Walleye are moving back out of the river and major creek channels. Bright colored jigs and crank baits are working best for these fish. Stripers are very good on Bama rigs and big jigs. Major creek channels on the central and western part of the lake are still the best for these fish. Bream are good and being caught on crickets and worms in deeper water near brush. Crappie are good and being caught on minnows in 10-15 feet of water near structure. Catfish are excellent up the rivers. Cut bait, live bait and stink bait are all producing good bags. Surface water temperatures are ranging 60-65. Clarity is strained but clearing. Lake level as of Monday was 578.99 feet msl (in flood stage). Contact the Mountain Harbor guides – Mike Wurm, 501-622-7717; Chris Darby, 870-867-7822; and Jerry Bean, 501-282-6104 – for more information.

Phillip Kastner of Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports noted on US97 that Lake Ouachita is further ahead in terms of the bass. There are quite a few white bass making a run in the river, he said. He heard one report of guys well up near the North Fork who caught whites in water shallower than what you’ll catch them in in Lake Hamilton now. He also heard a report of guys in the river up at the Highway 27 bridge who “got into a big patch of them.” As of Tuesday the lake was at full pool. The water is not clear but is also not the brown, dirty clarity of recently either. The water in the buckbrush looks good and Kastner says it’s great fun skipping a worm around that stuff during the spawn.

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About: - Situated among the beautiful pine forest, Arkansas's Lake Ouachita is the largest lake located entirely within Arkansas. It is known for its scenic beauty and clear waters. Created when Blakely Mountain Dam impounded the waters of the Ouachita River near Hot Springs, the lake is virtually surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest and has one of Arkansas's most pristine shorelines at some 970 miles. More on Lake Ouachita
  • Bass
  • Crappie
  • Bream
  • Catfish

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