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Lake Bentonville

Access

The 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.

Aquatic Vegetation

None (muddy water shades out sunlight, preventing aquatic plant growth)

Area Specific Regulations

Waters open to electric motors only.
Open to fishing with rod or pole only.
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.

Visit the Family and Community Fishing Program Page

Bottom Features

The 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.

Constructed

1964

Depth

Average depth 6 feet, maximum depth 10 feet

Description

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.

Facilities

None on the lake. Bait and tackle are available in Bentonville and Centerton. Motels and restaurants are available in nearby communities.

Fish Forage

Small sunfish, crayfish, insect larvae

Location

Central Benton County, just south of Arkansas Highway 102 within the city limits of Bentonville

Major Sportfish

Bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass

Other Fish

Blue catfish, grass carp, green sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth

Other Points of Interest

While 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.

Ownership

Lake Bentonville is owned by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Restaurants, Camping and other Facilities

Restaurants and other facilities are located in nearby Bentonville.

Size

10 acres

Visible Cover

Buckbrush, numerous willows along the shoreline

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