Anglers Paradise - Fishing All Year Round in Rogers

In search for the ultimate fishing spot? Check out the waters that locals love and hold world-class records in Rogers and Northwest Arkansas.

Arkansas holds many world-class fishing records and of course Beaver Lake and the White River are on that list. Northwest Arkansas is home to cold and warm water fish making it famous for all year-round fishing. Fish like the locals at Veterans Park, Lake Atalanta, War Eagle Creek, Beaver Lake, and just past Beaver Dam there is a stretch of the White River. Some safety guidelines to follow are fishing with a friend, wear a wading belt or an inflatable life jacket, watch for changes in water levels, and get out immediately if you hear a horn or notice rising water. Stay up to date on the rules, regulations, and licensing requirements set by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

Veterans Park

Veterans Park is a 23-acre neighborhood park with a monument dedicated to all past, present, and future veterans. The park is equipped with drinking fountains, public restrooms, 2 pavilions, picnic tables, park benches, paved trails, a doggie station, and plenty of parking. It is also a sports field complex for sand volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, and a football field complete with bleacher seating. At the heart of the park is a pond the city keeps stocked with catfish. Veterans Park attracts crowds of novice anglers from the area and is perfect for a family picnic following a lesson in fishing with a rod or pole only. The pond is popular during summer months and sits near one of the pavilions, is easily accessible, and even has a pier. The park hosts CARE, a free annual fishing derby for children under the age of 16 and disabled adults. 

Lake Atalanta

Fishing at Lake Atalanta, a neighborhood park, is popular during summer months when you are more likely to catch trout. Other species found are smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, walleye, and catfish. The waters are heavily fished by locals and strictly rod or pole only. Daily catfish and trout limits are 5 and a permit is required to take home the trout. There is close to 2 miles of shoreline with a paved trail and 6 fishing piers set around the lake. Lake Atalanta is a no wake lake meaning only non-motorboats are permitted such as canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats.

Beaver Lake

The 28,000-acre lake with 487 miles of shoreline is the biggest body of water in this part of Arkansas. Beaver Lake is surrounded by the Ozark Mountain scenery with limestone bluffs edging the lake that satisfies all skill-level anglers year ‘round. In March, you can find crappie in the Beaver Lake shoreline shallows and April through May use top-water bait to catch stripers. Winter months bring in out of state anglers to vacation and reel in their trophy. November is a good month to catch fall striped bass and hybrid striped bass.

Beaver Lake is heaven for those who own a boat, but you are just as likely to catch fish from a floating dock, the shoreline at Prairie Creek Recreation Area, or right off the shore on Hwy 12. The lake is known for some of the best bass fishing in the Ozark Mountains and in the state. Find smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, striper bass, crappie, bream, white bass, channel, sunfish, and spoonbill catfish. Some 40 to 50 plus pound stripers have been caught in this lake and hold state records. Bailey’s Beaver Lake Guide Service is one of many local fishing guides available to service anglers with any skill-level.

War Eagle Creek

Located just 20 minutes East of downtown Rogers is War Eagle Creek. The river is a Class I to Class II easy to moderate whitewater stream. It runs north unlike most in the area that run south. It has been called a miniature version of the Buffalo National River because it has limited access points, is a lot less crowded, and the similar surrounding scenic bluffs. Anglers fish for catfish, bream, perch, bass, and stream-running walleye. Spring is the best season for stripers, summer is known for all the top-water action, and all year-round fishing is also popular. The War Eagle Mill and War Eagle Mill Café is a good starting point as it sits on the banks of the river. Float fisherman can take their own canoe, kayak, or rent one from War Eagle Canoeing and Camping, they also have a fishing guide available.

White River of Northwest Arkansas

Headwaters near Fayetteville meander into southern Missouri, then back into Arkansas flowing southeast to the Delta. Take a 40-minute drive from historic downtown Rogers, past the dam, between Eureka Springs and Gateway to a 13-mile stretch of the White River from Beaver Dam to Beaver Town, Arkansas. The river flows through high limestone bluffs, stretches of farmland, pastures, and some forested areas. When the dam is generating hydro-electric power water levels become very low, an excellent setting for world-class White River fly fishing. Enjoy White River trout fishing in the spring as the river is stocked with rainbows and brownies. The most popular method of fishing on the White is on a Jonboat equipped with a 10-20 horsepower motor. There are 4 public access areas. A popular spot is The Little Golden Gate Bridge in Beaver Town where you can stop to picnic.