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Lake Ouachita Black Bass fishing was picked by Field & Stream magazine in the May 2006
issue as one of the best lakes in the country to catch Large Mouth Bass. The article lists Lake Ouachita as #28 among the top 35
places in the country for "unbelievable Black bass fishing."
March 10, 2012 Bassmaster
100 Best Bass Lakes listed Lake Ouachita #28 as one of the country's Top 100
Rigs arriving on lake Ouachita Bass.
AG&FC BLACK BASS BIOLOGIST
was completed by the AG&FC for Lake Ouachita
to assist Black Bass tournaments in live-release re-distribution.
6/14/2010 - Stuart Wooldridge
The Arkansas game and fish commission recently finished seine sampling young
largemouth bass from the 2010 Spring's spawn around Lake Ouachita. These
young bass ranged in size from one to two inches long.
Some were so small they indicated a May spawn, in addition to the April
spawn. We have seen this before on Lake Ouachita. Some of the higher catches
were recorded in the South Fork arm of the lake and the Hwy. 27 area.
Irons Fork Creek area had some very young bass in good numbers. AGFC
Fisheries biologist Brett Hobbs even caught a 4.5 inch smallmouth bass in
the Spillway area near the swim site. This fish was too big to be one of our
recent stocked fingerlings.
High water we have currently should give young bass some protective nursery
cover thru June and allow them to grow large enough to tackle small minnows,
shad, and bream.
6/3/2010 Stuart Wooldridge, AGFC fisheries biologist
Lake Ouachita was stocked with 96,000 florida largemouth
bass fingerlings last week in the Rabbittail / Buckville area. From
AGFC Hatcheries.Northern "native" largemouth bass fingerlings (61,800)
were stocked in the Crystal Springs / Pollard Creek area last Friday.
7/15/2004: Stuart Wooldridge, AGFC fisheries biologist
released larger size black bass fingerlings in Lake Ouachita which gives
them a higher survival rate.
“Those fish will be able to take on anything they want,” Wooldridge
said. “In the nursery pond the fingerlings grow to a bigger size since
we are able to provide them with more food. The fingerlings were fed a
diet of fathead minnows, young bream and young shad until they depleted
The fingerlings were then drained into the west end of Lake Ouachita
from the pond located near Joplin".
The release of the “jumbo” fingerlings was part of a current stocking
plan for the lake. Earlier in the summer, Fisheries Division released
104,500 fingerling largemouth bass and 28,000 fingerling smallmouth bass
into the east end of the lake. “We were able to hit both sides of the
lake, adding to the natural spawn,” Wooldridge said. “But in 2004 we
have had a good number of largemouth bass naturally spawned in the lake
Wooldridge said the high waters on the lake this summer have provided
good food for the bass and will produce a good year class for fishermen.
While the AGFC usually alternates fish crops in the pond between
largemouth bass, walleye, and striped bass fingerlings, next year they
will again stock the nursery pond with largemouth bass. “The pond will
fill up with rainfall runoff over the winter and we will stock it with
minnows and shad in the spring,” he said.
The nursery pond will then have smaller fingerling largemouth bass
stocked into it in May 2005 from other commission hatcheries. “The
fingerlings will feed and grow large enough during the summer to fend
for themselves when they are released directly into the lake,”
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