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Trips On Beautiful Lake Ouachita

Located In Hot Springs, Arkansas


  • Characteristics - prominent pink-red horizontal stripe along each side; sides and back, dorsal and caudal fins marked with many small black spots.

  • Distribution - coldwater streams

  • Foods - aquatic insects and their larvae, small mollusks and fish

  • Tips - use small jigs (1/16 - 1/32 ounce) fished in the deeper part of the pool for exciting rainbow fishing. Live bait rigs and fly fishing produce well in the shallower tail waters.


   This trout is an olive-green color with heavy black spotting over the length of the body. The adult fish has a red-colored stripe along the lateral line, from the gills to the tail. Rainbow trout in lakes are usually lighter colored or a more silvery color than those in streams. Wild rainbow trout spawn in the spring, but fish culturists have developed fall spawning races. Rainbow trout can be caught on artificial flies, spoons and small spinners.

   Because the tail waters fluctuate wildly (depending on hydropower generation and flood control measures) and most of the springs have too much nitrogen and carbon dioxide, trout reproduction is limited and most of our fisheries must be maintained by stocking.
   Because the majority of the stocked Rainbow are caught and usually harvested shortly after they are stocked, our Rainbow fisheries, particularly the White, North Fork and Spring Rivers, are considered "put and take" fisheries. However, the ones that survive the intense angling pressure grow fast (up to 1/2 inch per month).
   Rainbow have been stocked in Bull Shoals Lake since the late 1960ís. There they inhabit the cool water below the thermocline during the summer and fall and can survive anywhere during the winter. Rainbows weighing up to 12 pounds have been caught from Bull Shoals Lake. No trout of any kind inhabit Lake Norfork.
   The Arkansas State Record Rainbow is currently 19 pounds 1 ounce and was caught in the White River between Calico Rock and Sylamore.
   The stocking raft, high quality stockers, and "catch-and-release areas" are increasing the number of 5 to 10 pound Rainbows being caught. Two to 5 pound fish are becoming fairly common.





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