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Ben Sanders
Works at Lake Ouachita Striped Bass Guide. arkansasstripers@aol.com
Attended University of Arkansas at Monticello
Lives in `Hot Springs, Arkansas
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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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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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Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) introduced A Bill ( HR 2040) before the US Congress to designate the Striped Bass as the National Fish of the United States.
Known as "The Striped Bass American Heritage Act"

Contact your representative today and ask them to support the Striped Bass American Heritage Act. 

Just as the majestic bald eagle is the avian symbol of our nation for its strength, power, and dominance, the striped bass is a uniquely American fish that has been intertwined with the people, history and heritage of the United States since colonial days..
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The AG&FC conducted its Annual Stocking of Striped Bass on Lake Ouachita today, June 23rd. Assisted by members of the Hot Springs Stripped Bass Association, 100,000 striper were delivered to the lake and stocked from the Arkansas State Park area to the Hiway 27 area.

Brett Hobbs AGFC Biologist reports all went good regarding the condition of the striper fingerlings today... Hot Springs Stripped Bass Association members George Cochran, Terry Brodnax and Scott Willis helped in the stocking, transporting the striper out into open areas of the lake for a greater survival rate. 
Number of striped bass stocked into Lake Ouachita by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission since 1995.
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Brant Rogers (Full Strut Guide Service close to Elk City) Videoing his 12 year old son Casey on Lake Ouachita as he fights a Trophy Striper while fishing with Lake Ouachita Striped Bass Guide Ben Sanders and first mate Michael KinCannon. Notice Michael toward the end of a tiring fight helping with the rod.
Casey set the hook and fought the striper the whole time. I have seen experienced anglers fighting big striped bass worn down to the point of handing the rod to someone else.
An outstanding job by 12 year old Casey!!
A memorial event on Memorial Day weekend 2015.
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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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⚠ 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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New Boat loading docks have recently been installed at Crystal Springs and Tompkins Bend Boat ramps on Lake Ouachita.

Makes it so much easier to get in and out of your boats, especially if you have any physical challenges.
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Neat place, but in wrong place - View toward the Lake is an entergy power plant, and if they release steam or what ever they do - the noise is LOUD !!!! Also found out Lake Catherene is a very old lake and is where the Hot Springs sewage dumps its "treated" wast and still has a lot of "old" septic tanks on its banks, as well as industrial drainage.
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