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Water BodyBentonville
Central Benton County, just south of Arkansas Highway 102 within the city limits of Bentonville
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District 1
2805 West Oak
Rogers, AR 72756
Size10 acres
OwnershipLake Bentonville is owned by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Area Specific Regulations
  • Catfish daily limit is 3.
  • Largemouth must be released immediately to the water
  • Bream daily limit is 25.
  • Trout daily limit is 5. 
  • Must have a trout permit to keep trout.
  • Waters open to electric motors only.
  • Open to fishing with rod or pole only. 
Major SportfishBluegill, channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass
Other FishBlue catfish, grass carp, green sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth
Fish ForageSmall sunfish, crayfish, insect larvae
Visible CoverBuckbrush, numerous willows along the shoreline
DepthAverage depth 6 feet, maximum depth 10 feet
Bottom FeaturesThe north end of the Bentonville airport runway juts into the lake to form a sort of fishing jetty. Otherwise, this lake is constructed like a big farm pond with a flat mud bottom.
Aquatic VegetationNone (muddy water shades out sunlight, preventing aquatic plant growth)
FacilitiesNone on the lake. Bait and tackle are available in Bentonville and Centerton. Motels and restaurants are available in nearby communities.
AccessThe lake entrance is clearly marked by signs on Arkansas Highway 102, one-half mile west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and Arkansas Highway 102. The signs direct traffic south on a paved county road from which a lake sign is clearly visible one-quarter mile south of Arkansas Highway 102. Turn left at the sign, and you're there.
About the size of a large farm pond, Lake Bentonville is tailor-made for bankfishing. There's no boat ramp here, because boats aren't needed. Anglers find plenty of fishing action sitting in lawnchairs on the bank. Visitors can fish from the shoreline around the entire lake.

Lake Bentonville is first and foremost a catfish lake. The Centerton State Fish Hatchery is just 4 miles away, and when brood catfish grow too large to fit in the hatchery's 25 gallon spawning barrels, they're often stocked here. The lake has produced catfish up to 35 pounds.

Lake Bentonville also supports a fair population of largemouth bass, bluegills, and crappies, although fishing pressure on this small impoundment limits the numbers of these fish available to anglers.
Other Points of InterestWhile in the area, take time to visit the Centerton State Fish Hatchery off Arkansas Highway 102, one mile south of Centerton. The facilities are open to the public Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism operates a Tourist Information Center on U.S. Highway 71 north of Bentonville. Local arts and crafts are popular tourist attractions in this area year-round.
Restrautants, Camping and other FacilitiesRestaurants and other facilities are located in nearby Bentonville.