• By Ken Perrotte

Fishing Scenic Lake Ouachita with Old Town Predator PDL - Mixed Bag/Great Water

Updated: Feb 24


A group of outdoors writer and industry representatives had a blast fishing Arkansas's gorgeous Lake Ouachita during the last week of April. We were targeting striped bass - the lake has had a successful stocking program ongoing for some four decades - but the fish were finicky. No matter. A couple were caught. It was feisty spotted bass, red-eyed fish that slurped in lures with the eagerness of smallmouth bass that gave everyone many fun moments. An occasional largemouth added to the action.

This lake is magnificent. Just west of Hot Springs, it's more than 40,000 acres in size with more than 900 miles of mostly pristine shoreline.

What made it particularly fun was it wasn't the least bit crowded as we fished from Old Town Predator PDL kayaks equipped with Raymarine Dragonfly 7 GPS/sonar units. I've had a Predator PDL for a year now, but you can bet I'm adding a Dragonfly 7 to the boat. The images are stellar and it's so easy to rig as the video linked below illustrates. The St. Croix Mojo rods, Z-Man and LiveTarget lures we got to try were first rate.

We stayed at Mountain Harbor Resort, which has a wide range of accommodations, up to luxury cabins. Myself, and writers Kenny Kieser and Brent Wheat shared a three-bedroom cabin. Each had its own bathroom and the common, great room area with fireplace was massive. The cabins feature amenities such as big hot tubs on the porch. A day of fishing, especially when pedaling a kayak can leave you a little creaky at times. The big two and three bedroom cabins are affordable, especially if you split the costs with friends or family.

Click on the link here to my article about the trip in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. Then check out the pics and the linked videos. Old Town's Dave Hadden well explains the Predator PDL's features and Raymarine's Jim McGowan talks about the Dragonfly 7. Dave also explains (click here) easy "stand-up" fishing and Jim shows (click here) how easy it is to rig electronics

Good fishing. I sure hope to make it back to Lake Ouachita in the spring someday, maybe working in a little turkey hunting as well as fishing. Click here (coming soon) for some nice aerial footage of Lake Ouachita and fishing kayaks shot by licensed drone operator Jim McGowan.


Subscribe for new stories, reviews, and more. 
(Don't worry, we won't spam you)

  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White Instagram Icon

© 2017-2020 Kmunicate Worldwide LLC, All Rights Reserved. Outdoors adventures, hunting, fishing, travel, innovative wild game and fish recipes, gear reviews and coverage of outdoors issues. Except as noted, all text and images are by Ken Perrotte (Outdoors Rambler (SM). Some items, written by Ken Perrotte and previously published elsewhere, are revised or excerpted under provisions of the Fair Use Doctrine

 

Privacy Policy:

What type of information do you collect? We receive, collect and store any information you enter on our website. In addition, we collect the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; login; e-mail address; password; computer and connection information and purchase history. We may use software tools to measure and collect session information, including page response times, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information, and methods used to browse away from the page. We also collect personally identifiable information (including name, email, password, communications); payment details (including credit card information – although the site does not currently engage in any type of e-commerce), comments, feedback, product reviews, recommendations, and personal profile.

How do you collect information? When a visitor to the site sends you a message through a contact form or subscribes to receive updates and other communications about new stuff on the site, we collect that subscriber’s email address. That address is used only for marketing campaigns or other information we send regarding site updates or changes. Site usage data may be collected by our hosting platform Wix.com or by third-party services, such as Google Analytics or other applications offered through the Wix App Market, placing cookies or utilizing other tracking technologies through Wix´s services, may have their own policies regarding how they collect and store information. As these are external services, such practices are not covered by the Wix Privacy Policy. These services may create aggregated statistical data and other aggregated and/or inferred Non-personal Information, which we or our business partners may use to provide and improve our respective services. Data may also be collected to comply with any applicable laws and regulations.

How do you store, use, share and disclose your site visitors' personal information? Our company is hosted on the Wix.com platform. Wix.com provides us with the online platform that allows us to share information or sell products and services to you. Your data may be stored through Wix.com’s data storage, databases and the general Wix.com applications. They store your data on secure servers behind a firewall.

How do you communicate with your site visitors? The primary means of communicating with site users is via email for the purposes of marketing campaigns, promotions, and update. We may contact you to notify you regarding your subscription, to troubleshoot problems, resolve a dispute, collect fees or monies owed, to poll your opinions through surveys or questionnaires, to send updates about our company, or as otherwise necessary to contact you to enforce our User Agreement, applicable national laws, and any agreement we may have with you. For these purposes we may contact you via email, telephone, text messages, and postal mail.

How do you use cookies and other tracking tools? Our hosting platform Wix.com and our analytical services providers such as Google Analytics may place cookies that facilitate their services. To be perfectly honest, Kmunicate Worldwide LLC, the owner of outdoorsrambler.com, never looks at cookies or any other tracking/data collection tools, only the aggregated reports provided by the hosting service or analytical services providers.

How can your site visitors withdraw their consent? If you don’t want us to process your data anymore, please contact us using the “Contact Us” form on the site.

Privacy policy updates: We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the website. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here that it has been updated, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we use and/or disclose it.