Guide To Fishing At Lake Ouachita
AKA: Ouachita Reservoir
Surrounded by the scenic Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is the largest lake in AR. The 40,000-acre lake has 690 miles of shoreline and a multitude of ways to catch the fish species residing here.
Bass, crappie, walleye, trout, catfish, sunfish, white bass, pike and stripers roam these waters and thrill anglers both young and old, novice and experienced. And the water is clear enough to attract scuba divers and snorkel enthusiasts. Conveniently located mid-state, slightly west of center, the lake is only 25 miles northwest of Hot Springs. Primary public access, along with marinas, boat launch ramps and camping facilities, is along the southern perimeter of the lake. In and nearby these public access areas are sections of shoreline for fishing from the bank. Local fishing guides and boat rental outlets can expand options for getting on the water for fishing. Cautious use of kayaks, canoes and small fishing boats can enhance a weekend fishing and camping weekend, or a family vacation.
What to fish for...
Fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth, white bass, striped bass and chain pickerel at Lake Ouachita in Arkansas.
Primary fish species residing in Lake Ouachita
Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.
Lake Ouachita Amenities
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
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Fishing Boat Rentals
Aqua Fun Boat Rentals
Rentals: Pontoon and deck boats
Mountain Harbor Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, bass boats, kayaks and pontoon boats
Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings
Brady Mountain Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Brady Mountain Marina Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.
Cedar Fourche Landing Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Crawford Landing Road, this is a one-lane, earthen ramp with gravel parking.
Crystal Springs Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off N Crystal Springs Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.
Echo Canyon Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, west side, off Blakely Dam Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Lake Ouachita State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Crawdad Island Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Mountain Harbor Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off Mountain Harbor Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.
Rabbit Trail Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the north side of the lake, off Rabbit Trail Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.
Echo Canyon Resort & Marina
2645 Blakely Dam Road
Royal, AR 71968
Lake Ouachita Shores Marina
359 Ouachita Shores Pkwy
Mt. Ida, AR 71957
Mountain Harbor Marina
34 Marina Dr
Mt Ida, AR 71957
Safe Harbor Brady Mountain
4120 Brady Mountain Rd
Royal, AR 71968
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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby
Highway 27 Fishing Village Campground - 870 867-2211
Caddo/Womble Campground - 870 867-2101
Lake Ouachita State Park Campground - 501 767-9366
Marilyn's RV Park & Old Country Store - 870 867-0168
Denby Point Campground - 870 867-4475
Joplin Recreation Area Campground - 501 767-2101
Crystal Springs Campground - 501 767-2101
Brady Mountain Recreational Area Campground - 501 760-1146
Treasure Isle RV Park - 501 767-6852
Lake Ouachita AR Map - Fishing & Camping Areas
Lake Ouachita State Park
5451 Mountain Pine Road
Mountain Pine, AR 71956
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