Book Your Fishing Charter in Jacksonville, AR

Check out the central Arkansas city of Jacksonville, where plenty of freshwater lakes abound.

Book Your Fishing Charter in Jacksonville, AR
Book Your Fishing Charter in Jacksonville, AR
Team Guidesly

September 15, 2022, 3 min read

Updated on June 19, 2023

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Pulaski County in central Arkansas is home to Jacksonville's 'Soaring City.' It is also a suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas's capital. This central city is an excellent fishing destination because of its abundant game in its lakes and proximity to other major state waterways such as the Arkansas River.

Because of its advantageously central location, Jacksonville is the perfect place if you want to explore what Arkansas has to offer. You'll surely get a snapshot of local life, from historical landmarks to scenic natural landscapes and vibrant city districts. You even can venture further out and stop by some of the state’s major tourist attractions, which are only a short drive away from Jacksonville. 

Pack your gear and head out to experience freshwater fishing in Jacksonville's abundant waters, with so many bodies of water to choose from.

Jacksonville Fishing: Fishing in Central City Lakes

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Jacksonville gives you plenty of chances to reel in your targets, whether you want to do so from the shore or a boat.

The Little Rock Air Force Base has lakes with fish ready for anglers to catch. But anglers must purchase a base permit attached to their Arkansas fishing license before casting their line. The first stop is Thomas Lake which is the largest in the city. You can find largemouth bass, spotted bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, longear sunfish, blue catfish, channel catfish, rainbow trout, and black crappie in its waters. It is also stocked yearly with rainbow trout and channel catfish. You can go bank fishing or opt to use a boat. There are piers available on the right side. 

Further down the base is Paradise Lake, located in Paradise Park. You will find plenty of the same fish in Thomas Lake, including flathead catfish. If you’re an avid catfish angler, this lake is for you as it’s regularly stocked with the species. Take note that you have a daily limit of five catfish. Both onshore and offshore fishing is possible in the lake as well. You can enter the park, open from 7 AM to 10 PM, for free.

Dupree Lake is another great place that's home to some bass and catfish species. You can also spot white crappie and spotted gar in its waters. This lake is great for bank fishing because it is easy to cover on foot. If you want to get into the water and go wade fishing, head to Rocky Branch, which flows across the city’s south. Trails highlight where you should be able to access the lake. It possesses similar species found in the lakes as well as pumpkinseed and creek chub.

More of Jacksonville’s Attractions

1. Celebrate Along with Jacksonville

If you happen to visit Jacksonville in October, check out FestiVille. This event is free for all; it is held annually at Dupree Park. The festival features carnival rides, games, live entertainment, concessions, booths, volleyball tournaments, etc.

2. Learn About the Civil War

Jacksonville is home to the Reed's Bridge Battlefield, the most well-preserved Civil War site in the state. The site hosts a marker commemorating were Confederate soldiers held off Federal troops advancing toward Little Rock in August 1863. You can find this landmark on Highway 161.

Fish in Jacksonville and beyond.