Hot Winter Fisheries
The Ouachita Mountains provide a pleasant backdrop to fishing in the pools and riffles of this small, clear tailwater. In the fall and early winter, the trees and bushes are alive with reds and oranges, and this is when the fishing for rainbow and big brown trout is at its best.
Hoping for a rise
In the lower sections of the river, the cypress trees belie the fact that this tailrace is an excellent trout producer. If the skies are overcast, the trout can be found in the riffles feeding on the surface. If the sun is shining, the trout tend to hide in the head and tail of the pools and off the numerous ledges in the river.
Mountain Fork River has quietly become a popular trout fishing locale for Oklahomans, Texans, and Arkansans, especially from November to March. While most anglers fish Spillway Creek, a diversion of Mountain Fork River, if you want to catch the big ones, if you want to fish the 100-yard wide stretches of the river, if you want to catch lots of trout, then fish downstream of the state park.
Article © Mark D. Willliams, 2000.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication