Bass fishing is a sport and leisure activity enjoyed by many Arkansans. Some of the best bass fishing lakes are found right here near Central Arkansas. That means, anytime us locals want to relax and catch some fish, there are plenty of options!
Modern bass fishing has evolved into a multibillion-dollar industry. The sport has changed drastically since its beginnings in the late 19th century. From humble beginnings, the black bass has become the most specifically sought-after game fish in the United States. The sport has driven the development of all manner of fishing gear, including rods, reels, lines, lures, electronic depth and fish-finding instruments, drift boats, float tubes, kayaks, and also boats made specifically for bass fishing. –Wikipedia
Best Bass Fishing Lakes in Central Arkansas
Today, I’m telling you about my two favorite places for bass fishing in Central Arkansas.
One of my favorite lakes near Central Arkansas is Lake Dardanelle. The camping is excellent, there are are fantastic things to do in nearby Russellville (including lots of kid-friendly activities), and the bass fishing is excellent.
Lake Dardanelle has over 34,000 acres of water for boating and fishing.
Fishing: “The lake, which is extremely popular with anglers, boasts populations of big catfish. White bass are native to the river, with adults traveling in schools and feeding near the surface. Bream fishing is excellent in the lake, which has also been stocked with crappie and largemouth bass. With no closed season and mild winters, fishing is good year round. The lake has one of the most consistent bass habitats in the Arkansas River system. Experts will tell you that Lake Dardanelle at Russellville toward the upper end of the river is the place to go for big largemouth.” –source
While you’re in the area, don’t miss all the BEST Campgrounds around Dardanelle Lake.
You’ll find Lake Dardanelle here:
1598 Lock Dam Road
Russellville, AR 72802
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Nestled in the Ozark foothills between Clinton and Heber Springs, Greers Ferry is among the state’s five largest lakes. It is also tops in providing great fishing, water sports, boating and camping. The award-winning reservoir served as the national model for environmental cleanliness.source
“The lake is known as the site of the former world-record walleye, and that species also is known to make spawning runs within the Devil’s Fork, Middle Fork and South Fork of the Little Red River. Chasing white bass on this lake usually means having a boat, but one of the most popular destinations can be found at the Johnson Hole Access of the South Fork arm north of Clinton. Boaters can access the area from the lake or can launch at this access, but the creek has many shallow areas between the main lake and where the whites run, making it a better prospect for small boats, kayaks and walk-in access.” –AGFC
Some of the BEST fishing in Arkansas is found right here in these waters.
You’ll find Heber Springs Lake here:
700 Heber Springs Road North
Heber Springs, AR 72543