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Types of Fish in Arkansas

Black Bullhead
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Bullhead
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Cutthroat Trout
Flathead Catfish
Gar
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Paddlefish
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
Shovelnose Sturgeon
Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass
Walleye
Warmouth
White Bass
Yellow Bass

Arkansas is a land of lakes, rivers, creeks, bayous and, more importantly, both variety and trophy sized fish. Their favored species include bass, trout, walleye, crappie, and catfish but this state has much more diversity than that! In fact, Arkansas is so good for trophy fish that it boasts not one, or two, but three world records!

One of Arkansas’ world records is for hybrid bass. This state has many species of bass to angle for. Smallmouth and spotted bass swim rampant in Arkansas many clear, clean waters, and are found in the Buffalo River, Caddo River, and Norfolk Lake. For a well known largemouth bass lake visit Mallard Lake.

For varieties of bass, along with catfish and crappie, a good river is the Arkansas River that cuts across the state (along with Lake Dardanelle). Bull Shoals Lake contains numerous bass types: smallmouth, largemouth, white, and Kentucky. Lake Ouachia is a similar well diversified lake with crappie, panfish, bass, trout, and many others.

Pristine waters make this state’s trout fishing rival its bass fishing equally for the top spot in Arkansas recreational fishing. Another world record for this state is in brown trout, at forty pounds from Little Red River. For a prime trout fishing river the White River is difficult to beat, and you are likely to find bass there, too. Trout permits are required.

Walleye hardly play second fiddle in Arkansas though. The world record in walleye fishing is held by Arkansas at over twenty-two pounds! Not to mention, the World Walleye Classic is held annually on Greers Ferry Lake where the world record walleye was caught. For other lakes, Norfolk, Ouachita, and Bull Shoals are safe bets.

With Arkansas’ plentiful supply of rivers, streams, and creeks, it is no wonder that the state has such excellent fly fishing. The Little Red River is one such locale great for stocked rainbow and, of course, record breaking brown trout. In spite of its name, the Spring River provides year round good trout fishing on the fly, as well as shovelnose sturgeon, tiger muskellunge and redhorse.

Although variety is found throughout the state, not just in niches, there are some places you can go to get the most bite out of every cast or trawl! Such as Lake Ouachita, where you can catch bass, walleye, catfish, or in some spots rainbow trout.

Lest one forget, the Mississippi River runs across this state. This powerful river is a great spot for memorable fishing, especially for catfish and bass. The Arkansas state record for white bass was caught from the Mississippi River.

Regulations vary depending on where you are, the season, and many creel and length limits apply. Familiarize yourself before setting out, and make sure to obtain the proper license. Arkansas is a great opportunity for quality southern fishing that is great for a tournament pro or family fishing trip! Everyone intent on fishing in Arkansas over the age of sixteen needs a license, but there are license dealers throughout the state, or you can order by phone, or online. An ID number from a social security card, driver’s license, or passport, is necessary.

Annual and three day licenses are available for state residents and non-residents alike. Lifetime licenses are available for seniors and disabled residents. Vacationers can take advantage of a week long, or two week license. Residents are people who have lived in the state for at least sixty days, or students. Active duty Armed Services members stationed in Arkansas have resident privileges.

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1927 Cut-off Lake


1927 Cut-off Lake, just 6 miles from Garland, Arkansas, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near 1927 Cut-off Lake include Patmos, Lewisville and Fulton. If 1927 Cut-off Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Bois D'Arc Creek, Finn Bayou, Cedar Bayou, Flat Bois d'Arc Creek, Kenney Creek, Red Chute, Bois d'Arc Bayou, Mill Creek, Coe Creek and Bridge Creek.
Closest Cities : Garland 6miles, Patmos 8miles, Lewisville 10miles, Fulton 12miles, Stamps 14miles


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Adams Cut-off Lake


Adams Cut-off Lake, just 3 miles from Fulton, Arkansas, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Adams Cut-off Lake include McNab, Ogden and Texarkana. If Adams Cut-off Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Little River, Yellow Creek, Hudson Creek, Bois d'Arc Bayou, Bois d'Arc Bayou, Turkey Creek, Cedar Creek, Little Bridge Creek, Bee Bayou and Bridge Creek.
Closest Cities : Fulton 3miles, McNab 5miles, Ogden 10miles, Texarkana 12miles, Texarkana 15miles


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Alford Lake


Alford Lake, just 2 miles from Murfreesboro, Arkansas, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Alford Lake include McCaskill, Nashville and Delight. If Alford Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Lake Slough, Prairie Creek, Poorhouse Branch, Parker Creek, Caney Creek, Spring Creek, Blocker Creek, Muddy Fork, Lynn Creek and Howard Creek.
Closest Cities : Murfreesboro 2miles, McCaskill 8miles, Nashville 10miles, Delight 10miles, Ozan 12miles


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Allen Lake


Allen Lake, just 4 miles from Elaine, Arkansas, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Allen Lake include Lake View, Saint Charles and Alligator. If Allen Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Yellow Bank Bayou, Govan Slough, Humphrey Slough, Cottonwood Slough, Bear Bayou, Bear Bayou, Gauzley Bayou, Bee Bayou, Oak Bayou and Big Sandy Bayou.
Closest Cities : Elaine 4miles, Lake View 12miles, Saint Charles 15miles, Alligator 15miles, Friars Point 17miles


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Allen Lake


Allen Lake, just 2 miles from Peach Orchard, Arkansas, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Allen Lake include Knobel, Reyno and Datto. If Allen Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Woodland Slough, Kincaid Slough, Rankine Slough, Cross Slough, Cold Water Slough, Little River, Canoe Slough, Big Creek, Little Black River and Murray Creek.
Closest Cities : Peach Orchard 2miles, Knobel 3miles, Reyno 6miles, Datto 6miles, Corning 7miles


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