Dr. Lester Sitzes III, Bois d'Arc
The lake is reached by taking Arkansas Highway 174 south from Hope to Spring Hill, then Arkansas Highway 355 south from Spring Hill to the lake. There are also signs indicating access routes from Arkansas Highway 29, 5 miles south of Hope.
- Aquatic Vegetation
- Area Specific Regulations
- The crappie daily limit is 15, half the statewide daily limit.
- See wildlife management area regulations.
- Handicapped-accessible fishing pier is available.
- Use of common carp as bait is prohibited.
- Area Type
- Bottom Features
Creek channel; gravel, sand and mud bottom
Average depth 5-6 feet; maximum depth 15 feet
Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d'Arc Lake (pronounced "bow-dark") is part of Bois d'Arc Wildlife Management Area, a 5843-acre bottomland hunting and fishing complex. The name Bois d'Arc (French for "wood of the bow") is a nickname for the Osage orange, a locally abundant tree once used by Indians for making bows. The lake was formed by damming Cedar Creek, a major tributary of Bois d'Arc Creek that flows just west of the lake. Excellent crappie, bluegill and redear fishing are the lake's main drawing cards. Two-pound crappies aren't unheard of, and in 1985, Bois d'Arc produced a 2 pound, 14 ounce state-record redear. Fishing for largemouth bass and channel catfish also is good. Boaters have access to plenty of good timber fishing. But if bankfishing is more to your liking, just grab your gear and pick a spot along the 4-1/2 miles of riprapped levee on the north, west and south sides. There's also a man-made peninsula near the lower boat ramp built especially for bankfishing.
- District Information
Fisheries District 7
7004 Highway 67 East
Perrytown, AR 71801
The lake has two concrete boat ramps with adjacent courtesy docks and primitive camping areas. One is near the northeast corner, and one is midway down the east side. A fishing pier is near the lower ramp. Parking areas without boat ramps are at each end of the levee to benefit hunters and anglers. An overlook area near the spillway on the lake's south end provides an excellent view of the lake. Motels and restaurants are located near Interstate 30 in Hope.
- Fish Forage
Gizzard and threadfin shad, crayfish, mollusks, aquatic insects
Lower portion of Bois d'Arc Wildlife Management Area, southwest Hempstead County, 6 miles south of Hope
- Major Sportfish
Bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, redear sunfish
- Management Plan
- Other Fish
Blue catfish, bullhead, common carp, flathead catfish, grass carp, green sunfish, longear sunfish, warmouth, yellow bass
- Other Points of Interest
Dr. Lester Sitzes III Bois d'Arc Lake offers good fishing year-round, and you may want to combine a fall or winter fishing trip with a hunt for ducks, deer, squirrels or other game on the adjacent WMA. The bottomlands surrounding the lake are a nature lover's paradise, where visitors can see alligators, wintering eagles, raccoons, minks, a wide variety of songbirds and water birds and other wildlife.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
- Restaurants, Camping and other Facilities
Restaurants and motels are located in nearby Hope.
- Visible Cover
Stumps, standing timber, riprap along levees, buckbrush