Striped Bass Fishing on Lake Dardanelle is virtually
untapped as far as fishing goes, stocking of stripers started in the 70s when AGFC Riley Donahoo and
fisheries biologist Andrew Hulsey had fingerling Striped Bass flown in from south Carolina
and put into the newly formed Lake Dardanelle.
Lake Dardanelle spreads westward behind Dardanelle Dam into Pope, Yell, Logan, Johnson,
and Franklin Counties. Two miles wide in places, it reaches 50 miles upstream to the
Ozark-Jeta Taylor Lock and Dam and has 315 miles of shoreline. It has nearly 35,000 acres
of striper habitat and is lined with choice picnic and camping areas.
Stripers weighing up to 20 pounds show up frequently and fish weighing two to six
pounds are common.
Fish up to about 20 pounds show up pretty regularly and fish in the 5 to 15-pound range tend to keep Striper fishermen busy.
During heavy water-flow situations, when stripers are in the tailrace, cast toward the dam and keep the grub as close to the top as possible. Allow the water flow to work the lure downstream, and reel drop and pop the grub while fished downstream.
Boats are not allowed in the 100 yard area from the dam so concentrate your efforts from the 100 yard mark down a mile or so. Fish rips between current lines, on the backsides of sunken rock piles and in cuts in the banks. River Fishing Tips for Stripers
Bucktail jigs or Storms minnow-bodied baits on leadheads will work beneath the surface. Depending on current, adjust your weight size from 1/2 ounce to 1-1/2 ounces.
Cast along overlook wing dams within the first few miles downstream of the dam, especially if water is running. Stripers will hold along break lines formed by the rock walls and ambush shad as they come by.
Stripers will hold around lays and submerged cover off banks. When the stripers are working on the river in the quite morning hours, you can hear them tail spacking over several acres. You might have several lines out and every one of them will hook up with a fish.
Striper fishing on Lake Dardanelle with the population reproducing itself since the seventies is loaded with stripers waiting for you to create some awesome memories
c - 2016
Striped Bass Fishing on Lake Dardanelle