Guided Striper Fishing
Trips On Beautiful Lake Ouachita
Located In Hot Springs,
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.
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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