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    Recreation and Hunting Await In Arkansas Year-Round

    Whether the cold is settling in up North or you're just looking for a great fishing hole to drop a line in visit Arkansas. Fishing in Arkansas is a popular year round because of the state's many streams and rivers. Bass fishing is especially challenging in all 75 Arkansas counties because the state boasts nine species of bass, including stripers that top the 60-pound range.

    Prize Winning Fishing - For those who love the challenge of catch a prize winning fish your dreams could come true in Arkansas where three current world-record fish (brown trout, walleye and hybrid bass) were hooked in state waters. Check out the Arkansas Visitor's Website for a calendar for popular bass fishing tournaments held annually. Another favorite outdoor activity for fishermen who visit Arkansas is trout fishing for rainbow, brown, cutthroat and brook trout along the tailwaters of the Norfork, Bull Shoals, Beaver, Ouachita and Greers Ferry dams. Mammoth Spring provides plenty of cold water for trout fly-fishing action on the Spring River anytime of the year.

    Little Missouri River -The Little Missouri River in western Arkansas offers cool-season rainbow trout fishing. Catfish, crappie and bream are also abundant in the southern (Timberlands or lower Delta) part of the state. The year-round fishing opportunities in addition to excellent whitetail deer and Arkansas duck hunting seasons attract thousands of sport fishing and outdoor enthusiasts from the nearby states and across the nation.

    Mississippi Flyway - Imagine catching black bear or graceful elk this hunting season. It's possible to bring home your trophy on a trip south to Arkansas where the big game hunter can set their sites on whitetail deer, black bears and elk. The liberal regulations for big game hunting seasons are set for archery, crossbow, muzzleloaders and modern guns. Hunting of wild turkey and small game are also abundant in Arkansas, and waterfowl hunting along the famous Mississippi Flyway in the Arkansas Delta is prime fare.

    Preparation Meets Opportunity - Hunting and fishing luck, it is said, occurs when preparation meets opportunity. The old Arkansas state motto still holds true for fishermen and hunters alike; Arkansas is the land of opportunity when it comes to outdoor activities. The Nature State is well populated by a wide variety of fish and wildlife found on more than 600,000 acres of lakes, almost 10,000 miles of streams and several million acres of public lands to explore.

    By Leroy Worley

    Getting There

    To learn more about events and attractions throughout Arkansas, visit the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism  at