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Old Town Lake

Access

From Helena-West Helena, take Biscoe St 3 miles to AR-20 W. Then, take AR-20 W for 16 miles and turn right onto County Road 419.

Aquatic Vegetation

Wild rice, cattails, coontails, water lilies

Area Specific Regulations
  • Handicapped-accessible fishing pier is available.
Area Type

Oxbow Lake

Bottom Features

Creek channels; mud, silt bottom

Constructed

N/A

Depth

3 to 6 feet

Description

Old Town Lake is an oxbow lake of the Mississippi River, cut off by the construction of the Mississippi River levee. The lake is characterized by stands of cypress trees and offers beautiful natural views amidst the surrounding Delta lands. Anglers have a good chance of catching largemouth bass, crappie, and channel catfish. Anecdotal reports suggest that weigh-ins at bass tournaments can exceed 20 pounds while the channel catfish fishery is considered high quality, according to AGFC biologists. An annual catfish derby is also held in June on the lake, offering a positive fishing experience for children, senior citizens, and physically challenged individuals.

District Information

Fisheries District 4
1201 N Highway 49
Brinkley, AR 72021
877-734-4581

Fish Forage

Shad

Location

Phillips County
19 miles SW of Helena-West Helena

Major Sportfish

Blue catfish, bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass and redear sunfish

Management Plan

None completed

Other Fish

Bowfin, buffalo, bullhead, chain pickerel, common carp, drum, grass carp, green sunfish, hybrid bream, longear sunfish, longnose gar, warmouth and yellow bass.

Ownership

State of Arkansas

Points of Interest
  • Medical services, camping supplies, and some restaurants can be found in nearby Helena-West Helena.
  • The Great River Road winds along the Mississippi River, offering several pristine views of the Mississippi River Delta.
Size

1,425 acres

Visible Cover

Cypress trees/knees, stumps, docks, fishing pier

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