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