Arkansas is known as “The Natural State” for good reasons, one of which is their nearly 8,000 bodies of water, many of which offering good fishing. And fishing is alive and well in the State or Arkansas. Interest in the sport of fishing continues to grow, exceeding all expectations. We collected visit data, reports, edits, comments, star ratings, and your opinions to help us identify the best spots to fish in the fine state of Arkansas. Join us as we share the results of our data deep dive where we’ve sliced and diced things to end up with the list of the 25 Best Fishing Spots in Arkansas.

There are fishing spots we’ve seen on the list before, like Lake Atalanta, Siloam Springs Lake, and Lake Elmdale. They have long established themselves as quality fishing holes. And we have some new additions to the list such as Carpenter Dam Lake and Crystal Lake.

Best Fishing Spots in Arkansas

Lake Atalanta near Rogers, Arkansas

Ozark Jeta Taylor Lock And Dam near Ozark, Arkansas

Siloam Springs Lake near Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Horseshoe Lake near Hughes, Arkansas

Lake Elmdale near Elm Springs, Arkansas

North Sylamore Creek near Mountain View, Arkansas

Crown Lake near Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas

Greers Ferry Lake near Heber Springs, Arkansas

Clear Lake near England, Arkansas

Lake Dardanelle near Dardanelle, Arkansas

Carpenter Dam Lake near Hamilton, Arkansas

Crystal Lake near Decatur, Arkansas



Lake Prairie Grove near Prairie Grove, Arkansas

Smith Pond near Searcy, Arkansas

Diamond Lake near Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas

Lake Hamilton near Lake Hamilton, Arkansas

Budd Kidd Lake near Prairie Grove, Arkansas

Lee Creek Reservoir near Van Buren, Arkansas

Pickthorne Lake near Jacksonville, Arkansas

Lake Flint Creek near Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Lee Creek near Van Buren, Arkansas

Lake Greeson near Murfreesboro, Arkansas

Bear Creek Lake near Marianna, Arkansas

Lake Conway near Mayflower, Arkansas

Lake Desoto near Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Grab this list, your tackle box, your Arkansas fishing license, and head out for your fill of bass, trout, perch, and whatever else is needed for dinner.