Winter Angler's 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 both cold and warm water fish making it famous for all year-round fishing, so don't let the winter scare you away!. 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, two 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 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 a popular spot for 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. Catfish and trout are limited to five per day and a permit is required to take home the trout. Lake Atalanta includes nearly two miles of shoreline with a paved trail and six 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 northwest Arkansas. Beaver Lake is surrounded by the Ozark Mountain scenery with limestone bluffs edging the lake that satisfies all skill-level anglers year ‘round. Winter months bring in out-of-state anglers to vacation and reel in their trophy and is a great time to catch 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 40-50+ pound stripers have been caught in this lake and hold state records.

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. Year-round fishing is also popular at War Eagle Creek. The War Eagle Mill and Bean Palace 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. The most popular method of fishing on the White is on a Jonboat equipped with a 10-20 horsepower motor. There are four public access areas. A popular spot is The Little Golden Gate Bridge in Beaver Town where you can stop to picnic.