Re: Arkansas Trout

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Posted by on August 17, 1998 at 06:53:55:

In Reply to: Arkansas Trout posted by Forester on August 12, 1998 at 01:54:41:

> I must go to a wedding in Arkansas near the end of August. I will be the Fort Smith area. Does anyone out there know of some river/streams where I could possibly catch a few trout?

> Willing to take fly rod

> Forester

Forester -- Unless the Arkansas Game and fish Commission has greatly expanded its program since I left the state, probably the closest trout fishing to Ft. smith will be north of the Fayetteville/Springdale area below Beaver Dam. This is a relatively new fishery with a lot of experimental management programs being tried but the fishing is good, mostly for stocked fish. If you've got time to stop along the way, then your best bet will be the Little Red River at Heber Springs. This is where the world record 40+ pound brown trout was a caught. The river is full of holdover Browns, rainbows and now cutthroats. I prefer the Little Red to the White because it is a smaller, friendlier stream with good wading spots. The White River is and hourto two hours north of Heber Springs and offers a much bigger river with the potential for larger holdover fish. Both the White and Little Red offer the potential for world record class fish.

There are several websites which provide information on these streams. I'm providing a link to one and the addresses for the other two.

In addition, well south of Ft. Smith is the Little Missouri River which is relatively unknown compared to the other two. It's a small stream but regularly stocked with plenty of holdover fish. However, it's much farther south and not nearly as well developed as the White and Red River fisheries. No websites avalble to my knowledge though you might also try a seach for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission or the Arkansas Department of Natural Resources.

the websites are:

Arkansas' Little Red River:
Ozark Angler:
Ozark Flyflinger:

Fishing anywhere on the White or Little Red River systems can be a once in a lifetime experience. I strongly recommend you make the effort while you're close.

Mr. T

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