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Ben Sanders
Works at Lake Ouachita Striped Bass Guide. arkansasstripers@aol.com
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Lives in `Hot Springs, Arkansas
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The other day Tracy from N Carolina reminded me of the relationship between 42,000- acre Lake Ouachita and 110,000-acre Lake Marion and 60,000-acre Lake Moultrie.
Better known as the Santee Cooper lakes.
 
Separated by several hundred miles in the years that followed the completion of these two projects, the names Ouachita and Santee Cooper would soon roll off the tongue in unison because of their intertwined destinies.

In 1956, Ouachita,  received the first Arkansas stocking of approx. 16 striped bass  comming from the Santee Cooper system.
Several years later, in 1964 and 1965, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission sent 825 blue catfish, weighing about 1 pound each, to South Carolina in exchange for striped bass fingerlings.
Tracy reminded me to this day, the big blue catfish - often 50 pounds or more are referred to as “Arkansas Blues” because of their lineage.
While it is those blues that have caught the attention of South Carolina anglers, the striped bass that came to Arkansas have definitely written their own story.

The Stripers in Ouachita offer a freshwater deep-sea fishing adventure in the the natural state unparalleled anywhere else in the United States.

The chase of these fish range from the surface, tail-spacking feeding frenzies,  to 70 feet below the surface, depending on time of year.

And my Friend, Until you have cast a top water plug into Stripers in a surface feeding .... tail spacking frenzy .... you, my friend have missed one of the top thrills in all of freshwater fishing. 

The month of May has historically been one of Ouachita's  best topwater months. We still have some dates open.

So give us a call (501-318-3092 to reserve your adventure chasing the line sided devils of Lake Ouachita.

 See you soon
"We'll keep the lines baited for ya"
 
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March 10, 2016 - Lake Ouachita water temperature already reaching 57 degrees - 
The Freshwater Trophy Striper Fishing on the Lake is close to being in high gear.
Its time to book your Striped Bass Guide for April, May and June.
Be sure your guide uses Live Shad for your best change to catch a memory of a lifetime.
Call 501-318-3092 
or visit arkansasstripers.com
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Janurary 2016 Lake Ouachita Striper Fishing saw mild weather - good water temperture - and awesome Striper fishing.

February has started the same. "We'll keep the lines baited for ya"
Ben sanders Lake Ouachita Striper Guide Charters. 501-318-3092
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Morning catch of Stripers on Lake Ouachita, January 2016.
Ben and Michael with 75 pound Limit of Stripers.

http://www.arkansasstripers.com/january-stripers.html



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Latest news on Lake Ouachita Striped Bass Fishing. 12/7/2015.

Since November 27th Lake Ouachita has come up close to 8 foot.
As of 12/7 the Lake level was 577.73
The creek areas are stilled stained but clearing.
Large schools of striper are showing up around points 19, 27 and 28
Live bait is working the best.
We have had some breaking activity during this rapid rise.

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Did you know?
Lake Ouachita just outside of Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1956, was the first Lake in Arkansas to have striped bass stocked in it.
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As April approaches the AGFC starts getting ready for their annual Striped Bass project. Adult Stripers are collected by
Fisheries personnel with gill nets from the South Fork of Lake Ouachita.
The preferred size of Striped bass for the spawning project are 10 to 25 pounds, larger are returned to the lake .
This must watch Video of the Striper stocking program describe the dedicated job the AGFC personal does at the Hulsey Fish Hatchery in Hot, Springs, Arkansas.
http://www.arkansasstripers.com/agfc-striper-stocking-program.html

Also April kicks off the season on Ouachita when most of the Striped Bass in 40 to 50 pound range are caught using some really large live bait.
You need to act fast if you want to get in on the action we have a few dates left. 
Ben Sanders 501-318-3092

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Ben
April of every year sees the start of the annual AGFC Striped Bass Stocking program on lake Ouachita. Striped Bass fishing on Lake Ouachita is more popular than it has ever been. This is owed to the dedicated Fisheries Biologist and Support staff of the AGFC and the Hulsey fish Hatchery in Hot ...
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February weather has started with some real nice days and good Striper Catching.
Michael W. did catch his limit, but yeah the big one got away after an extended drag rippin, arm tiring drag of a fight. Next Time Michael-next time.
The spring trophy season calendar is filling fast - better call today and set your reservation. 501-318-3092 
Hope to see you soon.
We'll keep the lines Baited for ya.
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It was our privilege to host Matt and Kristy from Minnesota on a striped bass fishing trip on Lake Ouachita January 28th .
It was below 32 degrees when we started. Kristy said it was warm compared to the temperature in their hometown in Minnesota. The fish did corporate with a catch of 80 pounds of stripers.
Thank for letting us be part of your memories Matt and Kristy.
http://www.arkansasstripers.com/striper-fishing-trip-lake-ouachita.html
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Last year myself, Lake Ouachita Striper Guide, Ben Sanders, along with Dave Lindhag, George and Dave Cochran and other members of the Lake Ouachita Striped Bass Association, had a meeting with District 8 Fisheries Biologist Supervisor, Brett Hobbs and Stuart Wooldridge (retired), with a request for stocking striper in deeper water away form the boat ramps where the stripers have been drained straight from hatchery trucks into the lake since the Lake Ouachita nursery pond was taken out of production in raising out and releasing stripers straight into the lake.

We also volunteered to help, using our boats, to transport the fingerling stripers and releasing them in deeper water where small sunfish and yearling black bass that are predominate around ramps would not cause an increased mortality rate on the 1 to 3 inch fry being released.

We want to thank the AGFC and Brett for granting this request and look forward to assisting in future endeavors./p>

Chuck Dovish narrates this video produced by the AGFC detailing the Striped Bass Stocking Program carried out every year in April.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7pnzsBm6_4

Starting at the 48 second mark, Brett Hobbs District 8 Fisheries Biologist Supervisor at the Andrew Hulsey Fish Hatchery in Hot Springs, Arkansas, takes you through the process of the striped bass program from gill netting the Brood Stock Stripers from Lake Ouachita to releasing the fry back to the lake.

If you would like more information about the Lake Ouachita Striped Bass Association or if you want to volunteer in this years striper program, assisting the LOSBA in stocking stripers away form the boat ramps, please send Ben an e-mail @ bsand715@gmail.com or call 501-318-3092 for more information
April of every year sees the start of the annual AGFC Striped Bass Stocking program on lake Ouachita. Striped Bass fishing is more popular on Lake Ouachita than it has ever been. This is owed to the dedicated Biologist and support staff of the AGFC and the Hulsey fish Hatchery in Hot Springs, ...
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⚠ If your plans include a Lake Ouachita outing, Watch for flash flooding on back roads and access roads to boat ramps.
If your on the lake watch for floating debris.
Due to recent heavy rains. In the 24 hour period from 5AM Dec 27th, till 5 AM Dec 28th, Lake Level is up 4.53 feet.
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As a Lake Ouachita Striper Guide, I know the cooler months of December, January and February can produce some awesome action with little competition from other boats. I put in at the closest ramp to where I plan on fishing so we don't take a long cold boat ride.
Live bait is the most reliable method for catching winter stripers on Lake Ouachita. I use live shad or 3-6 inch brood minnows and at times cut bait which will produce even better than live bait.

Artificial lures - Bucktail Jigs, soft shad style lures, crankbaits, topwaters are always on standby waiting for gulls diving down on feeding fish or Tail-Spacking activity when stripers trap shad at the surface and back of pockets.

Put on the proper water-proof, cold weather gear give me a call 
(501-318-3092) to set up your winter striped bass adventure on Lake Ouachita.

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