Arkansas: Bass fishing, au natural

Buffalo River
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

There’s a reason they call Arkansas “The Natural State.” From crystalline Lake Ouachita in the scenic Ouachita National Forest to the backwater sloughs of the Arkansas River, you can find your piece of paradise no matter how you define it … especially if you are a bass fisherman.

One or more species of black bass abound in Arkansas’ 600,000 acres of lakes, including largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. Some lakes support all three, such as Bull Shoals in the rugged hills of the Ozark Plateau.

Arkansas also boasts excellent fishing for stripers, hybrid stripers, white bass, catfish, walleye, crappie and bream. Some of The Natural State’s streams and rivers provide renowned float fishing for smallmouth bass, spotted bass and trout.

A mild climate makes Arkansas an ideal fishing destination throughout the year. It’s no wonder that some of the nation’s top bass pros call Arkansas home, including Bassmaster Classic Champion Mark Davis of Mt. Ida.

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