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#12308110 - 06/23/17 11:15 AM Any suggestions for Ouachita River and Lake Hamilton
Ranger Z118 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/10/09
Posts: 2384
Loc: Tyler, TX
Headed that way for a family vacation and staying on the Ouachita River that feeds Hamilton. Looked on google earth and we are closer to Lake Ouachita, but there is a dam between in and Lake Ouachita. Bringing my boat and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,

Brian

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#12308128 - 06/23/17 11:29 AM Re: Any suggestions for Ouachita River and Lake Hamilton [Re: Ranger Z118]
Tex20 Offline
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Registered: 05/17/07
Posts: 154
Go to Lake Ouachita, and fish the grass. Hamilton will be a zoo.

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#12308201 - 06/23/17 12:28 PM Re: Any suggestions for Ouachita River and Lake Hamilton [Re: Ranger Z118]
Longeye Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 05/10/05
Posts: 10409
Loc: Little Elm
Ouchita is beautiful, but very clear. The shallow bite can be tough if you are not familiar with it.

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#12308303 - 06/23/17 01:27 PM Re: Any suggestions for Ouachita River and Lake Hamilton [Re: Ranger Z118]
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TFF Celebrity

Registered: 04/18/05
Posts: 5743
Loc: Waco
Hamilton sucks go to ouachita and fish the grass or if the lake is up go flip bushes. Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon and throw a zara spook type bait. Ouachita is also good at night

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#12308329 - 06/23/17 01:45 PM Re: Any suggestions for Ouachita River and Lake Hamilton [Re: Ranger Z118]
Outdoordude Online   happy
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 2074
I agree with those above. Ouachita would be a better place to go, Hamilton is crawling with boats this time of year.

Ouachita is within a couple feet of normal pool now and has been dropping steadily for a little over a month. There are some flats in the mid-lake and north east end that grow vegetation during the summer and you can catch some decent fish on the points of that vegetation. Keep an eye out for schooling fish; it's not uncommon for good sized largemouth and spotted bass to school with white bass all over the lake.

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#12308336 - 06/23/17 01:48 PM Re: Any suggestions for Ouachita River and Lake Hamilton [Re: Ranger Z118]
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Registered: 04/17/11
Posts: 1315
Loc: Lake Fork
Lake Ouachita is so different from Hamilton its unreal. Ouachita is so beautiful I would only go to Ouachita, however I have ran from Hot Springs all the way to the Dam on the river. Fun ride and the water is extra chilly and a cool breeze, if the gates are open run up there and chunk and wind in the current. Put in a Echo Canyon @ Ouachita(formerly Spillway Resort) Stripers usually close to Dam until early July also. Dam area is not that large either. Lucky you I will be there in the next few weeks...Lake Ouachita

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#12308377 - 06/23/17 02:12 PM Re: Any suggestions for Ouachita River and Lake Hamilton [Re: Ranger Z118]
361V Offline
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Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 4619
Loc: somervell county
Several years ago we rented a houseboat on Ouachita. It was a GREAT vacation. I towed my Ranger behind us all week. Used it to pull the kids around on skis & tubes during the hot of the day. I fished out of it every morning and evening. At that time there were huge patches of hydrilla around and the morning & evening bite were great & easy. Just find one of these huge patches and throw a topwater around the edges. There were times that a buzzbait was the only rod I even carried on deck. I'm told that the hydrilla at Ouachita has gone the way of so many other lakes the last few years.


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#12308786 - 06/23/17 06:09 PM Re: Any suggestions for Ouachita River and Lake Hamilton [Re: Ranger Z118]
Ranger Z118 Offline
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Registered: 01/10/09
Posts: 2384
Loc: Tyler, TX
Thanks Guys!!

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