My Favorite Fishing Locations

 

 

 
Lake Hamilton is a 7,460 acre lake located in Hot Springs, Arkansas created by development of the Carpenter Dam on Ouachita River in 1932.  When I'm fishing lake Hamilton, I like to stay at Five Points resort.  They have cabins in a wooded area on the lake shoreline near an inlet.  The cabins have a rustic appearance but with normal conveniences.  They have a boat dock and a covered fishing gazebo.  The fishing is good a few feet from the cabin area at the mouth of the inlet.  The fish move out of the main body of the lake late in the evening and back into the lake in early morning.  The most common species seems to be Large Mouth Bass.  Fishing is good early in the year but the weather can be unpredictable.  During late April, I've caught Large and Small Mouth Bass, Hybrid Strip Bass, Walleye, Catfish, and Blue Gill using bait fish and night crawlers.  Lake trout are also in the lake.  Shad is the best bait since it is their natural food.  However, getting shad is not easy.  You can occasionally catch them alone the shoreline early in the morning with a throw net.  Bait shops don't sell shad since it is very difficult to keep them alive. However, they do sell bass minnows which may be your second best bait. Night crawlers will also catch fish.
 
The best place to catch large Strip Bass without fishing from a boat is at Carpenter Power Dam.  There is a park there where you can park your car and fish from the bank. Early April seems to be the best time to fish for Strip Bass.  Again, shad is the best bait but bass minnows will work but not as well.