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Title: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: mary dean on November 16, 2006, 04:48:27 PM
I have to say my favorite lake is Lake Dardanelle. We have hosted two Elite 50's, The Womens Bassmaster Tour, Crappie USA, and so many other big tours.
Our local marina-
Russellville Marina & Boat Repair         *boat & cabin rentals available
330 Beach Rd.
Rsvl, Ar., Inside Lake Dardanelle State Park
Ph# 479-967-1543
WWW.russellvilemarina.com
Title: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: Ouachita on November 23, 2006, 04:20:41 PM
My favorite is Lake Ouachita, near Hot Springs. My favorite full service marina is Mountain Harbor Marina. They have cabins and motel rooms, a restaurant, a sandwich shop, the works. I've been caught on the lake in severe weather (ice storm for 2 nights and another time high winds & tornados), so was glad to have a place to moor in a covered slip and stay overnight.
 
Snail mail to P.O. Box 1268
Mount Ida, AR 71957
phone 870-867-2191 - 800-832-2276 (Out of State)
reservations contact harbor@mountainharborresort.com
website http://www.mountainharborresort.com/
GPS Coordinates:N34 34. 333  W93 26. 252

Driving from Hot Springs, AR, Mountain Harbor Resort is located 25 miles west of Hot Springs, AR at Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita. Take Hwy 270 West toward Mount Ida and watch for the Mountain Harbor sign on the right just past the township of Joplin. Turn right at the sign onto Mountain Harbor Road and travel approximately 2 miles.

Jim
Title: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: nwaoutdoorsman on December 17, 2006, 09:13:18 PM
My favorite lake is Beaver Lake in NW Arkansas. Each year we host tournaments such as FLW Tour, Central Pro Am, and numerous state and local tournaments. Its also where it all began, Ray Scott held the first ever BASS Pro Tournament at Beaver Lake in 1967.

Prairie Creek Marina
Dutchmans Drive
Roger, AR 72756
(479)925-1623                                                                                                       www.prairiecreekmarina.com
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: popr on February 16, 2007, 12:33:11 PM
I would say Millwood Lake, Big Bass all the time. 8)
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: Bass Whisperer on February 27, 2007, 04:22:27 PM
I would have to agree with Dardanelle.  The fish are huge and the scenery is awesome.  Livivng in Redfield, you just don't get to see the more scenic parts of the river. ;D
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: whiteboy71759 on March 06, 2007, 06:58:10 PM
I would have to say my favorite lake is "Cooks Lake", off the Quachita River.  We have not hosted any tournaments there or seen any fishermen last 3-4 times I have been there. I bet nobody on this forum has ever heard of the lake. Its a real quite place, need a 4 -wheel drive to put in most of the time. Tournaments and Festivals have there place and are fun, but you cant beat the sound of "nothing" sometimes.  I really like it when we have to take the beer out of the icechest so we can put all the Bass in.  Wildlife is another draw to Cook's, Alligators, birds of all species, its all there in the Quachita bottoms.
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: ss454 on March 07, 2007, 06:00:57 PM
I'm pretty partial to the lake I live on...Old River Lake!  It's your basic oxbow but it's loaded with monster crappie, cats and bass.  The best part is I can fish 7 days a week without burning out a gallon of gas!  At the right time of year I just sit on the dock and catch about a dozen 5-10lb catfish before 8am then I drop the boat in and catch the bass spawning!   ~shhh
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: whiteboy71759 on March 07, 2007, 07:34:12 PM
Thats what im talking about "Old River Man".
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: ss454 on March 08, 2007, 07:44:47 PM
Thats what im talking about "Old River Man".


There's also another lake over here that's hard to put a boat into and NOBODY fishes in it.  My father in law went crappie fishing in there with a buddy of his and caught a 5lb bass on a minnow and a boatload of big crappie.  It's really closed off with trees all around so it's like you're in a world all your own.  I need to get over there and do some fishing!!!
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: bassgetter37 on March 18, 2007, 05:23:37 PM
I would have two say Millwood it,s got everything needed to grow big bass and it does do that ,and some nice crappie also.
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: hog69 on March 30, 2007, 12:02:50 PM
Columbia.......Monticello would be but the pressure over there is crazy!
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: jchough79 on March 30, 2007, 09:17:26 PM
I love Lake Ouachita! I'm from Mt. Ida area so it's pretty much in my back yard!
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: 519NASCAR on June 04, 2007, 09:41:37 PM
My favorite lake is Mellwood Old River..................Great Bassin there in the summer and fall......................Roger ;PEP)
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: BassWeb on June 05, 2007, 01:32:53 PM
Hey Roger,

Great time Sat. & Sun. enjoyed meeting you and your wife and looking forward to another gathering. Nice boat and Super motor.

My favorite place to fish is the Arkansas River below Dardanelle Dam.
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: 519NASCAR on June 05, 2007, 03:00:04 PM
BassWeb,  l had a dandy time with all of you also;  Enjoyed meeting you and looking forward to us all getting together again..... ;)......................Roger
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: 5fishX3 on September 05, 2007, 08:04:48 PM
My favorite is Lake Dardanelle.  
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: fshrmnhn1 on October 11, 2007, 12:01:41 PM
I can't say that Dardanelle is my favorite lake although I fish there a lot. Sometimes I catch them and sometimes I don't. I like camping there though, when the kids (big and little) are back in school!
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: fshrmnhn1 on October 11, 2007, 12:05:06 PM
I am kind of partial to Degray. I won 3 tournaments there in the last 2 years....love that clear water !
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: 5fishX3 on October 12, 2007, 08:54:39 AM
I usually do well on DeGray during the spring.
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: fshrmnhn1 on October 18, 2007, 05:14:57 AM
I got here too late! I'm reading about all this good stuff I missed this past summer and  this fall  :bang
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: titanbass on December 30, 2007, 10:00:42 PM
Greers Ferry
Only Ark lake we have fished, love the lake have not been to sucessful but we are sorta beginners, been there about 5 times in the last 15 years.

Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: Billy_in_4b on February 08, 2008, 01:31:59 PM
Right now Dardanelle would have to be the best all round fishery in the state.


Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: lsfolse on October 05, 2009, 08:23:36 PM
Lake columbia guys is the place to be ...next state record.
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: dj dave on October 06, 2009, 03:53:37 PM
Lake  dardanelle  would the best for me so much water to fish and lot's of fish year round. 
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: BassCatBates on February 25, 2010, 09:31:03 AM
Lake Erling Southwest AR.  Folse.... I'm with you on Columbia.... however I'm not sure the next state record will come from there.  I used to think so but with the increased pressure and the slot change I've seen the quality and average size in the lake drop way down in the last couple of years.  I think the next record will come from Monticello or  Lake Georgia Pacific.  GP might be my pick because of how secluded it is. 
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: LAFisherman on July 28, 2010, 12:07:15 AM
Lake Monticello hands down!  There is a little pressure on it all the time but we catch at least 20 good fish everytime we go out, and that's often.  My parents live less than 5 mins from it and I go with my dad every chance I get. 

BTW, 5 lbs.+ constitutes a good fish
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: arbassangler78 on July 28, 2010, 06:38:55 PM
Lake Dardanelle
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: breammaster on June 18, 2011, 01:14:01 PM
I'd have to say Monticello would be high on my list of good bass lakes.  Too bad I don't live very close to it but me and a buddy try to make it once a year if we can.  Millwood should be the lake but it does get a lot of pressure and a great place to tear up a boat down there!  Somehow with each years draw downs they must have forgot how to run their chainsaws to clear out the main boat runs :'(
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: Bassmomma on July 06, 2011, 08:16:55 PM
My favorite is Lake Ouachita I have a blast fishing with my family.... This is the best... I live between Lake Hamilton and Ouachita. My son likes Hamilton so we toss a coin... ~cf
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: skeeter96180 on July 07, 2012, 11:03:21 AM
Where is lake go at
Title: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: Cb1444 on July 07, 2012, 11:25:50 AM
My vote would be for Lake Dardanelle
Title: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: BallTongue on December 07, 2012, 12:52:36 PM
I know this is an old thread, but someone resurrected it so I will put my .02 in. My favorite lake would definitely have to be the stump-infested, prop-bending, outboard-destroying, trolling motor-eating Lake Conway. I can catch a limit of 2lb+ Crappie by 8am, then load the boat with LM and still be home for lunch. Well, if I don't have to take the boat by the shop on the way home!!
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: loggerbrad on March 17, 2013, 01:47:15 PM
When I get a chance to visit my home state of Arkansas, I always try to fish Monticello.Just don't get to do it often enough >:(

I caught this one in late June or early July, I believe in 2008. Not 100% sure on the date.She weighed in at 10 lbs even.


(http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r148/logger_b/Bradbass1.jpg)
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: david495 on January 12, 2014, 09:28:57 PM
millwood a lot now with the new size reg.
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: ʇuǝɹq on January 13, 2014, 07:51:02 AM
I've been wanting to come up and hit Millwood, but I'm in love Gillam Lake just a few more miles up the road.
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: RazorCat on January 14, 2014, 05:34:45 AM
Millwood is my home lake.  Just a 20-25 minute drive to 71 Landing from my house.  I mainly fish up river. Yarborough is a little further down the road.  If they would ever make some much needed repairs and improvements to Jack's Isle landing it would be the only place I would in.  I can always hope.
Millwood is still a good lake, but has been mis-managed, or should I say "not managed at all" for years by the Corp and AGFC.  Draw it down, fill it up, draw it down, fill it up.  Repeat.  Anyone who fishes it knows what little (or nothing) that's done to improve the fishing.  And clear some damn boat lanes while you have it on drawdown. 
Gillham is a lake I'm dying to fish again.  Been years.
   
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: Dark3 on April 28, 2014, 07:29:34 PM
Not to thread jack but I would GREATLY appreciate if a couple guys could pm me about what it is like living in arkansas. Especially the hot springs and surrounding areas. Cost of living, jobs, taxes, and just the overall quality of life. I'm a soldier looking to put down roots and transition out of the milirary. Thank you and moderater feel free to delete thread after a couple days or if I am out of line.
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: BHubb on April 29, 2014, 12:46:23 AM
I'm looking forward to finding my favorite AR lake.  Will be reviewing this thread often and making a list of lakes to visit, just have 36 more days and I'll be retiring joining the family outside of Little Rock.  I'm stoked about seeing what "The Natural State" has in store. 
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: RazorCat on September 28, 2014, 01:24:06 PM
Millwood because its close to Texarkana. 
Good fishing most months out of the year, and a great lake for Froggin' and crankbaits. 
Fish Greeson when the water is up a little above normal.  Little, if any, pressure from LM Bass fishing.   
Would love to try Monticello, Erling, and DeGray one day.  And I'm currently looking for a house on Hamilton or Catherine.  Both great fishing lakes that very little pressure.  And Catherine has Walleye too.
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: swark_BigE on March 16, 2015, 01:42:46 PM
It's a tie between three! Erling, Milwood, and nimrod when I can make my way up there! All three are awesome lakes!
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: Beagle on October 02, 2018, 02:37:57 PM
Ive wondered about monticello myself. Im not to far. thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: Pacific NW Ron on October 02, 2018, 06:15:04 PM
Mine would be Norfork Lake in North central AR.  Large deep lake with many species available.
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: Beagle on October 04, 2018, 09:15:10 AM
Very cool Pacific. I'm from Louisiana and don''t know much about the deep bite. Guess I'm going to have to learn.
Title: Re: Your Favorite Lake in Arkansas
Post by: Lee Smith on October 04, 2018, 09:18:49 AM
Ive wondered about monticello myself. Im not to far. thanks for the info.
Monticello is fun, especially in the winter because it's still warm from the plant, or used to be.

But Milwood is AWESOME!!!  ;D Used to make a good extra livin' off that lake!!