Lake Ouachita Fishing

With over 40,000 acres of fishable waters and great camping, Lake Ouachita ranks as one of America’s top 10 spots for great largemouth bass fishing. Many fish species dwell in Ouachita, including striper, walleye, crappie, and bass. The species don’t mingle, and each lives in its own particular territory of the lake. Camping is available on the lake’s eastern shore in Lake Ouachita State Park, as well as on the many small islands throughout the lake.

With 1300 miles of shoreline and many tributaries that branch off for miles, Lake Ouachita has plenty of space for recreation of all sorts. The waters ebb and flow with the climate, creating unique fishing opportunities year-round. You’ll find fishing near the grass, standing timber, open waters, or shallow flats. Fish from a boat, the shore, or one of the 100-plus uninhabited islands.

Lake Ouachita is the premier striper fishing lake in the state. The striper thrives here in areas of big open waters, with fish over 30 pounds caught regularly. Bass can be found on the creeks that flow off of Lake Ouachita. Many fish are catch and release, but you can keep largemouth and spotted if they are over 13 inches long. Walleye are found around underwater ledges and humps on the central waters.

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Lake Ouachita boat ramps:

The following boat ramps provide access to Lake Ouachita.

North Shores Resort Boat Ramp
190 Shore View Loop Jessiville, AR 866-984-5420

Lake Ouachita State Park
Arkansas 227 Mountain Pine, AR 5017679366

Spillway Resort & Marina Boat Ramp
1052-1112 Blakely Dam Rd Mountain Pine, AR

Spillway Resort and Marina Boat Ramp
2401 Blakely Dam Rd., PO Box 321 2401 Blakely Dam Rd., PO Box 501-767-2997 800-525-2516

Brady Point Access Boat Ramp
Ouachita National Forest WMA, AR

Crystal Springs Resort Boat Ramp
North Crystal Springs Road Royal, AR

Mountain Harbor Marina Boat Ramp
994 Mountain Harbor Rd, PO Box 1268 Mount Ida, AR 870-867-2191 1-800-832-2276

Shangri-La Resort Boat Ramp
981-999 Shangri Ln Dr Mt Ida, AR

Lake Ouachita Shores Resort Boat Ramp
State Highway 949-2 Center, AR 8708674646

Highway 27 Fishing Village Boat Ramp
13-23 Fishing Village Rd Story, AR