5 Things to Know About Fishing in Hot Springs

Getting outdoors and enjoying an activity with family or friends at a safe distance has dramatically increased the number of new anglers in the U.S.  Many of us are looking for a stress-free activity to help us relax and unwind.  With 4 lakes in our immediate area, Tiffany’s Bed and Breakfast is the perfect spot to enjoy a fishing vacation near Hot Springs, AR.

  A circle of fish on the floor of a boat beside a very happy fisherwomanHere are five things to know about fishing in Hot Springs:

  1. Arkansas Free Fishing Weekend is June 11-13, 2021.    No angler will need a fishing license or trout permit to fish anywhere in Arkansas.  Non-resident fishing licenses can be purchased online to fish any other time of year. 
  2. Bassmaster Magazine selected DeGray Lake as one of the country’s Top 100 Bass Lakes.  It is also well-known for catfish, crappie, and hybrid stripers.
  3. Lake Ouachita ranks nationally as one of the top 10 spots for largemouth bass fishing.  Bream, catfish, crappie and cool water walleye can also be found. 
  4. You’ll find good trout fishing in the cold water at the base of Blakely Dam on Lake Hamilton, although it  is most famous for its large mouth bass and striper fishing. This lake also gets a lot of pleasure boaters in the summer, so early morning or late evening fishing is recommended.
  5. Fly fishers can cast for rainbow trout from the shoals near the base of Carpenter Dam between Lakes Hamilton and Catherine.


With so many options, you can see why fishing is a popular activity for our guests.  We’ve got room to park your boat on our property, or slips can be rented at DeGray Lake State Park.  If you want to hit the lakes early, we can also provide you with breakfast to go, so you don’t miss a single bite.

Although the Hot Springs Fishing Challenge isn’t happening in 2021, you can enter the “Show Us Your Catch” photo fishing competition.  Between now and 5/31/21, take a  photo of any fish caught on Lakes Hamilton, Catherine, or Ouachita, and post to your Facebook or Instagram page using the hashtag #fishhotsprings for a chance at prizes!

There are also options available for the casual fisher person.  No boat?  No problem!  Kayak and paddle boats are available for rent at any of the state parks.  Just bring your rod and reel, and get ready for a quiet, relaxing afternoon on any of our local lakes.  If you’d like a little more help, there are numerous fishing guides in our area, and we’re happy to assist you in contacting one. 

Browse our list of packages and reserve your accommodations today to experience a fishing getaway that you’ll remember for years to come!


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