Striped bass (striper) are one of the most popular game fish in the United States. It also happens to be a very popular game fish here in Arkansas.
Arkansas angler Joe Mann caught a 53.5-inch impoundment striper with a girth of 37.25 inches, which state biologists estimated to be between 70 and 90 pounds.source
What are Striper?
“The striped bass (striper) is also called a very big vinget, vonget, linesider, rock or rockfish. The striped bass is a typical member of the family Moronidae in shape, having a streamlined, silvery body marked with longitudinal dark stripes running from behind the gills to the base of the tail. Common mature size is 20 to 40 pounds.” –source
So, where is your best chance for catching striper in Arkansas? Lake Ouachita
Lake Ouachita has some of the best fishing in Arkansas.
BEST Striper Fishing in Arkansas – Lake Ouachita
Arkansas is home to more than 600,000 acres of lakes. Among these is Lake Ouachita, the largest lake in the state. It has multiple species available in the lake, the main ones being bass, striper, walleye and crappie. Each one of these species has a different niche in the water. They don’t co-habitat; they have their own area of the lake they live in. –source
Lake Ouachita has been called “the premier striper fishing lake in the state.”source
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Lake Ouachita Striped Bass Limit
Striped Bass Limit: 3 Three (no size limit). Consider limiting the number of released fish when the surface water temperature exceeds 75 degrees. Also consider limiting released fish from July-October on the deep, clear water lakes such as Lake Ouachita. –Lake Ouachita
Visit Lake Ouachita State Park here:
1423 Blakely Dam Rd
Royal, AR 71968
While you’re in Arkansas, be sure to check a few things off your EPIC Arkansas Bucket List!
If you are planning a trip to Lake Ouachita, you might want to check out some of the FREE camping in Arkansas that is around the lake. There are beautiful spots where you can camp for free while taking advantage of all the great striper fishing.