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Lake Ouachita Sponsored by
Date 10-Aug-17
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Conditions : Lake Ouachita: Todd Gadberry at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa (870-867-2191/800-832-2276 out of state) said black bass are still fair and being caught with Texas rigged plastics and jigs fished early and late. Drop-shots fished with finesse worms have been productive for spotted bass near brush. Walleye are still very good and being caught on spoons or bottom bouncers on main lake humps and points near brush. Stripers are fair on live bait. The eastern end of the lake is the best area for these fish. Bream are still good in water 20-25 feet deep on crickets and worms. Crappie are fair. Try using minnows or crappie jigs at depths around 20-25 feet deep fished near brush. Catfish are fair on live bait, stink bait and hot dogs. Try depths of 20-30 feet. Water temperature is ranging 86-90 degrees and the water is clear. Call the Mountain Harbor guides – Mike Wurm (501-622-7717), Chris Darby (870-867-7822) or Jerry Bean (501-282-6104) – for more information.

Phillip Kastner of Trader Bill's Outdoor Sports said he’s getting good reports of walleye being caught in nice numbers. He notes that traditionally the walleye catch is about a month late. Last year in June, walleye fishing was great. This year it’s the end of July, first of August before it’s kicked in. Use bottom bouncing nightcrawler rigs, or catch them on a spoon, lot of things. They’ve moved up on humps arounds brush piles. A lot of people catching walleye right now and, Kastner says, it goes about the time of frame that the Kentuckies are not going to be far from when you’re going to be dunking crawfish on these humps. He said he wouldn’t be surprised that if you went out there with crawfish and tried it that you could catch just as many walleye as Kentuckies right now because there’s a bunch of walleye that have moved up on these humps. Go flip some large rocks over and collect a few dozen crawdads to use.

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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
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  • Bream
  • Catfish

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