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#12786633 - 06/10/18 09:37 AM Ouchita trip
Ryno Offline
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Registered: 04/15/04
Posts: 1666
Loc: Ft. Worth, TX
Taking the kids fishing to Lake Ouchita to spend some time with family. Never been there and a quick glance at the Navionics map on my phone is quite overwhelming. I see flooded timber. Numerous contour lines and humps. We are going to be on south central shoreline with Checkerboard Island just north of us.

I'm really hoping to get my son on a morning topwater bite. Being a clear lake, i'm guessing it can be tough?

Any tips or techniques are much appreciated from you guys that have some experience up there.

Thank you!
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#12786807 - 06/10/18 12:50 PM Re: Ouchita trip [Re: Ryno]
Paul Hyland - Lake Fork Guide Online   content
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Registered: 04/17/11
Posts: 1370
Loc: On Lake Fork/Emory,Tx
You will love it regardless if you catch a Fish or not my favorite place to be at especially driving a boat. Only time to fish would be very early with topwater and the White Buzzbait is the bait of choice along with a 8 to 10 inch plum colored worm with a red tungsten weight. Lake is super clear and has various types of grass and structure, but it would probably be best to stay shallow imo. If you like Striper Fishing you found one of the places that may hold a freshwater record Fish. Hire a guide I use Capt. John T. Hall he uses supercharged bait(shad)and there may be some topwater early as well. Lake is located in a National Forest so infrastructure is limited to a few Marinas. You can rent tubes and ropes and the kids will love being pulled around this lake like no other. Stop by the Shagri'la for a awesome Burger and a piece of pie. Lay down a trail when boating to back track easy or if going out after the sun goes down..bottom line you will love it and you will go back again and again.
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#12788377 - 06/11/18 05:19 PM Re: Ouchita trip [Re: Ryno]
Ryno Offline
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Registered: 04/15/04
Posts: 1666
Loc: Ft. Worth, TX
Thank you Paul!
Kids are super excited. My son has watched about every youtube video on topwater fishing imaginable. I could care less if I touch a pole.
I just want him to get bit. I've heard about the stripers busting shad, that would be fun to see and catch a couple.

I can't wait. Love fishing new lakes just for the experience alone. Hope there is some intermittent catching! lol
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