Top 10 Arkansas Fishing Trips
Top 10 Arkansas Fishing Trips Overview
The Little Red River. The White River. Bull Shoals Lake. The North Fork. Norfork Lake. If you’re an angler, you’re probably wishing you were here. These are some of the finest waters in the world for fishing, especially if you’re yearning for that world-record trout or bass. So it’s no surprise that this part of the Arkansas Ozarks - a very beautiful part, by the way - has some wonderful fishing resorts. Here are our Top 10!
Lindsey's Rainbow Resort - Heber Springs, Arkansas
At Lindsey’s you know your fishing vacation is going to be good: log cabins, all the bait, tackle and gear you’ll ever need, boat and motor rentals and available guide services. They added a nice touch of the modern to it, too, with cable TV and even Honeymoon Cabins with Jacuzzi tubs. There’s even riverside dining at the Pot O’ Gold restaurant and the River Retreat Conference Lodge if business is on the agenda between fishing excursions. If it seems like an Arkansas fishing resort that’s been steadily improving and adding on for quite a long time, it is. For 40 years, in fact, the Lindsey family has been steadily building onto Lindsey’s Rainbow Resort. You can even plan to live here now, with a selection of locations and five vacation home floor plans. Now this is going to be good.
Related Onsite Offerings
The Pot O’ Gold restaurant caters weddings, meetings and other group events.
Lindsey’s Rainbow Resort is a short drive from Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View and The Ozark Folk Center.
The guide staff at Lindsey’s Rainbow Resort has more than 400 years of combined experience guiding on the Little Red River!
The White River Inn - Cotter, Arkansas
This Western Red Cedar log lodge is a fishing fortress on a 300-foot bluff above the fishing legend of Arkansas' White River. Find luxury features at The White River Inn unmatched by boastful neighbors on the same White River stretch. Custom designed lodge accommodations and a purely private setting add double luxury to your White River experience.
924 County Road 174 Cotter, AR 72626
Fishing packages at The White River Inn only come in all-inclusive! From the time you arrive to the happy-camper-way you leave, you'll be whisked into the White River fishing experience of your dreams!
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Comfortable accommodations and fishing packages aren't the only attractive aspect of The White River Inn. Enjoy access to the Great Room, Trophy Room, and patio overlooking the White River.
Buffalo Outdoor Center - Ponca, Arkansas
The cabins here are plentiful, in a variety of sizes and levels of luxury. The five Classic cabins provide all the basics - and more - for an Ozarks fishing getaway, complete with stone fireplaces. The Valley Luxury cabins are great for romance, from the intimate Valley Mist with a Jacuzzi tub to the Mills Cabin with an outdoor hot tub and space for eight. And the Mountain Top Luxury Cabins - well, we’ll let you see for yourself. Did we mention fishing? The Buffalo River is much sought-after for anglers is search of smallmouth bass. Yet you’re also likely to run across leopard gar, goggle eye, catfish and more - if you can take your eyes off of the surrounding natural beauty.
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The Riverwind Lodge, with its stunning wilderness views, vaulted ceilings, great room and sleeping accommodations for up to 24, is ideal for business getaways, group events and weddings.
The Buffalo National River is also a tremendous choice for scenic canoeing and spotting elk and a great variety of other mountain and wilderness wildlife.
Buffalo Outdoor Center also has its own wind generator - the first in Arkansas to co-generate.
Lobo Landing Resort - Heber Springs, Arkansas
The silence is only broken by the calming current of the Little Red River and the wistful whistle of your line, lifting like a kite before falling like a star into the best fly fishing spot in Arkansas. Slip into bliss and into your waders to wander the lucky waters alive with the silver-dollar scales of slippery, shining trout. This isn’t just luck. It’s the Lobo Landing Resort. Lobo Landing Resort is the avid angler’s answer to Arkansas fly fishing. Peek into a simpler past at the riverside log cabins designed with a Montana fishing lodge in mind, but with all the modern comforts of a current Bassmaster. A boat dock, covered walkways, and a fishing deck complete the picture of your next fly fishing adventure in the outback of Arkansas.
Lobo Landing Resort has partnered with Arkansas’ only Orvis-endorsed guide service, Jamie Rouse Fly Fishing Adventures, to get you your next trophy trout!
Seclusion and solitude are the freeing friends of a fly fisherman. Soak in the silence, the peace and quiet, and feel your stresses melt away at the popular but private Lobo Landing Resort. Riverside cabins and your own trophy trout will have you thinking you’re the river king!
“Rip" Collins proved that the Little Red River is a premier trout stream in 1992, when he reeled in a world-record 40-pound, four-ounce brown trout on the Little Red River.
The Fisherman's Lodge - Yellville, Arkansas
The whole idea of Fisherman’s Lodge is still what keeps it vital today: it was a place for people to stay so they could fish for longer than one day on the fantastic White River. That was 25 years ago. Now, the lodge serves fabulous meals morning and evening on entertainment decks and in the grand dining room; an equally delicious lunch is served out on the shores. That’s not to mention the Great Room, the onsite conference room or the six beautiful guest rooms. It’s also not to mention the fishing. The lodge employs expert guides who conduct four types of fishing trips, including family, trophy trout, group and fast-action fishing, where you’re likely to catch up to 12 fish per hour!
The covered deck at the Fisherman's Lodge provides spectacular views of the Ozark Uplands, the White River and the Ozark Plateau.
You can also blend a little golf into your Arkansas White River fishing trip with the Fisherman’s Lodge packages to the Big Creek Country Club, just 15 minutes away.
Related Onsite Offerings
The Fisherman’s Lodge also offers a two-day fly fishing school courtesy of Jim Traylor, professional fly fishing guide.
His Place Resort - Cotter, Arkansas
His Place Resort rests in Cotter, Arkansas, with central access to the White, Buffalo and North Fork Rivers. For you, this means a fantastic chance to catch the world-class trout that inhabit these waters, whether on a guided fly or spin fishing trip or within the resort’s private wade access on the White River. Bull Shoals Lake and Lake Norfork are also nearby, for a change of pace but certainly no less chance of catching the big one. Accommodations here are modestly referred to as “economical,” but in this case economical includes basic satellite TV, wireless Internet and fully-furnished kitchens. This is an Arkansas cabin-style getaway with all the little extras, plus plenty of wildlife right on the property. You might even catch a glimpse of bald eagles Isaac and Rebekah - year-round residents at His Place resort!
The entertainment mecca of Branson, Missouri is just over one hour from His Place Resort.
From Little Rock, follow I-40 West to Conway. Turn right onto Highway 65 North. At Marshall, turn right on Highway 27 North to Harriet. Turn left on Highway 14 to Yellville, and turn right on Highway 62. Cross the new 62 bridge and take an immediate left onto Denton Ferry Road, also called CR1. His Place Resort is approximately a half-mile down to the bottom of the hill on the left, next door to Denton Ferry RV Park.
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His Place Resort features a private dock with boat and motor rentals plus canoes and kayaks for multi-sporting types.
Sugar Ridge Resort - Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Located in the heart of the Arkansas Ozarks with Beaver Lake just steps away, Sugar Ridge Resort is the ideal destination for your next fishing vacation. Their spacious cabins put you just minutes from the waters and offer you the ideal hub for a rustic wilderness getaway. With stunning views and amenities such as jacuzzi tubs, satellite television, fireplaces and kitchens, you'll be sure to feel right at home. And when you're not relaxing in your cozy accommodation, the waters are sure to be calling your name. Grab your line and hop aboard your boat for a day of incredible fishing. Beaver Lake is teeming with black bass, walleye and world-class striped bass! You can also head off to nearby White River to take your chance at rainbow and brown trout. Fish from the shore or let Sugar Ridge help you hire a guide for a more successful trip!
1216 Dam Site Road Eureka Springs, AR 72631
After a day on the water, indulge in a therapeutic massage in your cabin or room! Sugar Ridge's professional massage therapist will be sure to soothe away all the stress!
Take a break from the fishing and head into Eureka Springs for a night on the town! Plenty of fine art galleries, shops, and restaurants are just minutes away!
Blue Lady Resort - Gamaliel, Arkansas
Check out the accommodations here along the undeveloped shoreline, and you’ll see this resort is part Arkansas family getaway, part romantic retreat and all Ozark Mountains experience. When you see its extensive dock with 10x20 fishing platform including pole holders, night lamps and a cleaning station. you’ll know that Blue Lady Resort means business when it comes to fishing here, too. Norfork Lake is home to a fantastic fishery for striped bass, brook and brown trout; you’ll also find plenty of walleye, crappie, catfish and bream year-round. Blue Lady Resort will even provide half-day guided fishing excursions, plus two-night accommodations, as part of its year-round fishing package. And these charming cabins include full kitchens, cozy furnishings, boat slips and barbeques. Fish on!
Related Onsite Offerings
Blue Lady Resort is happy to provide customized fishing trips for corporate events, fishing clinics, and one-on-one fishing consultations.
A large patio with barbeque, a kid’s play gym, a 20’ x 40’ lighted pool and more make Blue Lady Resort ideal for Arkansas family vacations and family reunions.
From Mountain Home, take Hwy. 412/62 East to Hwy. 101. Turn left towards Gamaliel; pass Panther Bay and cross the 101 Bridge. Continue on 101 to County Road 804. Turn right and follow it 1.7 miles until you get to the Y. Stay left at the Y and you’ll see the Blue Lady Resort sign where CR 804 turns into CR 820. Stay left to the end of CR 820. The office is to the right as you enter the resort.
Cedar Springs Country Inn - Bull Shoals, Arkansas
Surrounded by great fishing waters, Cedar Springs Country Inn is your destination for excellent fishing. The nearby White River has long been noted as a first-class float stream among anglers. Rainbow, German brown, cutthroat and brook trout are waiting in its waters. Or, if you'd prefer lake fishing, Bull Shoals Lake offers even more fishing opportunities. After a day of fishing excitement, retire to your room for comfortable and rustic charm. Lounge on your cedar construction bed, curl up in front of the fireplace, or enjoy the modern convenience of wireless internet. All this and more awaits you at Cedar Springs Country Inn.
590 Rivercliff Drive Bull Shoals, Arkansas
Need a break from fishing? Why not hit the green with one of the golf packages from Cedar Springs Country Inn.
Lake Shore Cabins on Beaver Lake - Eureka Springs, Arkansas
It doesn’t hurt that these eight spacious log cabins rest on the serene Beaver Lake. From above, the lake features breathtaking limestone bluffs on a total of 487 miles of shoreline. Below, it teems with fish - bream, white bass, catfish and smallmouth bass to name a few. People have been known to haul in 40-pound stripers from the 28,000-acre Beaver Lake, which might explain the abundance of marinas and outfitters here. But back to the peace and quiet: you’ll enjoy all of this from a luxury log cabin, either one or two stories, with showers, comfortable sleeper beds, decks, TVs and simply gorgeous rustic construction. And you’ll never believe the view from your deck. It showcases northwest Arkansas, high in the Ozark Mountains - a complete fishing vacation.
Beaver Lake itself provides plenty of chances to catch the big one, but the creek mouths around it are just as plentiful. They include Ford’s Creek, Cedar Creek, War Eagle Creek and of course the incomparable White River.
From Eureka Springs, take Hwy 62 west to 187 South. Turn left. Travel four miles and take the left fork in the road onto Mundell Road. Go two miles. Lake Shore Cabins on Beaver Lake is on the right.
Beaver Lake is the first of the manmade lakes created along the legendary White River in Arkansas and Missouri.