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"