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Arkansas has gained a serious reputation for producing some of the world?s largest brown trout. Although much of the natural flowing water in Arkansas is too warm to support trout, the tailwaters of a few of the state?s reservoirs provide optimal water conditions, fostering trout growth to sizes found in few other places in the world. Beyond Arkansas? monster trout, fly anglers have a plethora of other species to chase in beautiful locations all throughout The Natural State.
North Arkansas has the highest concentration of quality fly fishing water in the state. Both the Buffalo River and Crooked Creek are blue ribbon streams for world-class smallmouth bass, and Bull Shoals Lake offers some of the finest largemouth bass fishing around. The White River, with its three tailwater fisheries ? Beaver, Bull Shoals, and the Norfork ? attracts droves of fly anglers hungry for the chance to hook into well-fed browns and rainbows in the 19 to 24-inch range, with some real trophies over 30 inches. The previous world record brown trout was caught in the Little Red River, a tailwater below Greers Ferry Lake in central Arkansas. In southwest Arkansas, the Little Missouri River provides excellent fishing for smallmouth and rock bass, and in its tailwater section below Lake Greeson, rainbow trout are the primary target, though smallmouth, largemouth, and even some striped bass can be caught as well.
Since nearly all of Arkansas trout fisheries are in tailwaters with relatively stable temperatures year-round, quality fishing can be had in every season. Bass and other species can be fished for year-round as well; all you need to worry about is the weather and finding time to hit the water.
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When the winter weather sets in, fish get lazy
posted on Tue Feb 7
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Choosing the proper fly rod
posted on Sat Jan 21
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6 Tips to take better photos of your catch
posted on Fri Jan 13
Having a photograph taken of your catch is something that all anglers can appreciate. First trout, biggest fish, memorable catch, etc. etc. That photograph can be looked back at years later and it will remind you instantly of that day. What I'm here ...
Guides based in Arkansas
Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of