The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Shoreline Seining revealed that there was a
fantastic largemouth bass spawn on Lake Ouachita this year
(2015). Seining revealed high numbers of natural spawn at most sample
stations. Some of the young bass from April spawn had already obtained nearly 2
¾ inches. The young bass were in excellent condition. Appears there
was some early spawning on Lake Ouachita despite the extended cool weather.
Also noted was some late
spawn with young barely 1-inch in length.
Note from AGFC:
Keep in mind natural largemouth bass spawn will exceed
any supplemental bass stocking we can do from our hatchery system.
essential that every year has a great natural largemouth bass spawn for our area
The good years will lend themselves to strong year-classes.
this in mind, looks like there is potential for a strong 2015 year-class on Lake
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."
2018 Bassmaster List of the Top 100 Bass Lakes - Lake Ouachita is Rated
AGFC BLACK BASS BIOLOGIST
A live-release boat is
available by the AG&FC for Lake Ouachita to assist Black Bass tournaments in live-release re-distribution.
Alabama Rigs on lake Ouachita Bass.
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
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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