Fishing

Fishing is a favorite pastime for many in Bella Vista. From the novice to the experienced angler, fishing on our scenic lakes has proven to be a prized experience for many of our lakes’ visitors. Come on out and throw a line in.

  • All Arkansas fishing regulations apply to Bella Vista’s lakes
  • An Arkansas fishing license is required
  • A current state and POA boat registration is required before using any boats on the POA’s lakes
  • Property owners with a current POA Activity Card or Member Card do not pay a lake use fee
  • Non-Members must have a current guest card and pay a lake use fee unless accompanied by a member with a current POA Activity Card or Member Card

NOTE: The use of any personal watercraft, houseboats and float planes is prohibited on all Bella Vista lakes. A recommended speed limit of 35 mph applies to lakes Ann, Windsor and Lomond. For more information about the lakes, call the Lakes & Fisheries Office at (479) 855-5067 or (479) 855-5068.

Fishing Regulations

View the Fishing, Boating and Water Sports Regulations Brochure

  1. To fish on Bella Vista lakes, POA Members must have a current POA Activity Card or paper Member Card. Guests physically accompanied by a Member (with ID noted above) do not pay a daily fee. Guests that are unaccompanied must have a POA Guest Card and pay the appropriate lake use fee as noted on the fee schedule.
  2. Anyone, 16 or older, fishing on any lake in Bella Vista must have a current Arkansas fishing license. You must have in your possession either the fishing license or a photo of your fishing license on your mobile device.
  3. Arkansas Game & Fish Commission regulations and harvest limits apply to all Bella Vista waters. The POA Fisheries staff recommends the following (subject to change):
    • Largemouth, Smallmouth, & Spotted Bass – Limit of 10 per day. Return anything over 15 inches. Harvesting of smaller fish is encouraged.
    • Bluegill / Redear Sunfish – Limit of a combined 25 per day.
    • Catfish (Channel and Blue) – Limit of 6 per day.
    • Crappie – Limit of 10 per day. Must be 10 inches or more.
    • Walleye / Saugeye – Limit of 2 per day. Must be 18 inches or more.
    • Hybrid Striped Bass – Limit of 2 per day. Must be 18 inches or more. • Grass Carp – Do not harvest. They are stocked for weed control.
    • Trout – The combined daily limit of all trout species is five, and only one of those fish may be longer than 14 inches.
  4. Jug fishing (free-floating fishing device) is limited to the hours of darkness only. All jugs, limb lines, mechanical devices (yo- yo’s) and trotlines shall prominently display the Member’s name, phone number, address, and current driver’s license number or current vehicle tag number. Guests of a Member and public visitors are prohibited from jug fishing.
  5. Fishing Tournaments and other events must be approved and scheduled in advance with the POA Lakes & Parks Department. An annual tournament/ event schedule is established each year. However, additions can be made later if the schedule allows.

Fishing Tournaments

2022 Bella Vista Fishing Tournament Schedule

Tourn Date Time Start Time Finish Lake Ramp Group
3/5/2022 7 a.m. 1 p.m. Windsor Dam Bella Vista Bass Association
3/25-27/2022 Windsor Dam James DeBruhl
3/26/2022 7 a.m. 2 p.m. Lomond Granton Bassaholics
4/9/2022 7 a.m. 1 p.m. Lomond Granton Bella Vista Bass Association
4/23/2022 7 a.m. 2 p.m. Windsor Dam Bassaholics
5/7/2022 6:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Lomond Granton Bella Vista Bass Association
5/28/2022 7 a.m. 2 p.m. Ann Ramp Bassaholics
6/4/2022 6 a.m. 12 p.m. Windsor Dam Bella Vista Bass Association
6/11/2022 7 p.m. 2 a.m. Lomond Granton Bassaholics
6/18/2022 7 p.m. 2 a.m. Lomond Granton NTB Casters Team
6/25/2022 7 p.m. 2 a.m. Windsor Dam NTB Strikers Team
7/16/2022 7 p.m. 2 a.m. Windsor Dam NTB Casters Team
7/23/2022 7 p.m. 2 a.m. Lomond Granton NTB Strikers Team
7/30/2022 7 p.m. 2 a.m. Windsor Dam Bassaholics
8/13/2022 7 p.m. 2 a.m. Ann Ramp Bassaholics
8/20/2022 7 p.m. 2 a.m. Lomond Granton NTB Casters Team
8/27/2022 7 p.m. 2 a.m. Windsor Dam NTB Strikers Team
9/2/2022 7 a.m. 2 p.m. Lomond Granton Bassaholics
9/10/2022 7 a.m. 1 p.m. Lomond Granton Bella Vista Bass Association
9/10/2022 7 a.m. 2 p.m. Windsor Dam NTB Casters Team
9/17/2022 7 a.m. 2 p.m. Lomond Granton NTB Strikers Team
10/8/2022 7:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. Windsor Dam Bella Vista Bass Association
10/15/2022 7 a.m. 2 p.m. Windsor Dam Bassaholics
11/5/2022 7:45 a.m. 1:45 p.m. Lomond Granton Bella Vista Bass Association
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