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Water BodyOuachita River
Location
(Ouachita Zone Quality Stream)
Area Specific Regulations
  • A trout permit is required to keep trout. Daily limit of five trout.
  • Except where noted below, smallmouth bass daily limit is two and each must be at least 12 inches long to keep.
  • Largemouth bass, flathead catfish, pickerel, gar or bowfin should not be eaten because of mercury contamination. Other fish may be eaten without restriction.  
    • South Fork | Smallmouth bass must be 12 inches or longer to keep. Daily limit of two.
    • Upstream from River Bluff Access (Ouachita Zone Quality Stream) | Smallmouth bass must be 12 inches or longer to keep. Daily limit of two.
    • Upstream from the mouth of the Little Missouri River | Hogging and Noodling are not allowed.
    • From Remmel Dam to Sandy Beach Access (Camden) | Flathead catfish must be 20 inches or longer to keep.
    • Downstream from River Bluff Access to the Blakely Mountain Dam and the South Fork of the Ouachita River upstream to Hovel Branch | Smallmouth bass must be released immediately.
    • Downstream from Remmel Dam | Smallmouth  bass must be at least 12 inches or longer to keep. Daily limit of two.
    • Within 100 yards below Carpenter Dam (Carpenter Dam is on Lake Hamilton) | Personal flotation devices must be worn by every boater in this reach. Boaters must exit this area immediately when the siren sounds before hydropower generation.
    • Within 100 yards below Remmel Dam (Remmel Dam is on Lake Catherine) | Personal  flotation devices must be worn by every boater in this reach. Boaters must exit this area immediately when the siren sounds before hydropower generation.
    • Oxbow lakes, backwaters, overflow lakes and borrow ditches between Camden and the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge border | The general public, including pregnant women, women who may become pregnant, women who are breastfeeding and children under the age of seven should not eat largemouth bass, flathead catfish, pickerel, gar or bowfin because of mercury contamination. Other fish may be eaten without restriction. For more information on mercury contamination, see Page 52.