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Arkansas Hot Fishing Spots

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Arkansas offers anglers an opportunity of a lifetime fly fishing in waters that managed to guarantee the population of large trout and other species. You may be an expert angler and know all the hot spots for fly fishing or you may be a novice new to the area and need some guidance, which is plentiful and forth coming. Pick up your free copy of the Fishing Season Information & Wildlife Property Discovery booklet, which is available with any of the wildlife offices.

The perfect spot to fly fish is the White River. The inconsistencies in the water make it shallow enough to actually see the trout swim under you or see it swim bank to bank in the cool water the next. Trout love this kind of environment. The White River is also quite famous for fly fishing bream and bass. The Little Red River is noted as one of Arkansas’ world famous tail water trout streams. It’s known for the great fly-fishing opportunities it offers. Rainbow trout are stocked here by the thousands annually and periodic releases of brown trout have produced an excellent fishing.

The lake supports small mouth, largemouth, Kentucky, and white bass as well as trout, crappie, catfish, walleye, and pan fish in abundance. In close competition, offering as much variety, Greers Ferry Lake is also worth mentioning for its wide variety of bass, walleye, crappie and bream; the lake is the home of the World Walleye Classic and attracts hundreds of expert walleye anglers every year. Arkansas River traverses the state from west to east, creating the 50-mile-long Lake Dardanelle giving the opportunity of superior angling for a variety of bass and catfish species as well as crappie.

The beautiful natural beauty of the fishing spots of Arkansas attracts anglers from the world over but with the distractions of the natural environment not withstanding anglers are more than able to hook species like the Largemouth Bass Trout, Tiger Muskies and Bluegill.

The other species of fish that are found in Arkansas in abundance are Brown Trout, Walleye, Wipers, Yellow Perch, Crappie Smallmouth Bass and Pumpkinseed. Flies usually work best during late July, August and September there is little or no reason for you not to set out on a fishing trip at any time of the year for a fly fishing experience that only Arkansas can provide.

Horse Racing at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The sinewy thoroughbreds are corralled into the gates. You can hear your heart beating. Your horse and jockey nod to your position in the stands. They steal their resolve. Your pulse quickens. The animals settle into position. A moment of silence and then they’re off! You jump out of your seat. The voices in the crowd scream encouragement to their horses. A wall of powers and hooves crashes around the corner reaching, yearning for the finish line. They tear across the line, neck and neck: show, place and win. How did you fare? This unique brand of excitement can be repeated time and again at the world renowned Oaklawn Race Track in historic Hot Springs Arkansas. Welcome to the start of the 2010 season.

During the new season, you can experience the thrills of racing every Thursday through Sunday at Oaklawn Park. Enjoy the excitement of horse racing and take your chances on a horse. Enjoy your day and take home some winnings in the process.

Each race session consists of nine races. Each race offers different course lengths with fresh horses. Breeding, track condition, jockey and race history help guide your choice for the winning horse. You can bet on all the races or just one, as long as you place your bet by the post time of each race. There is ample leisure time between runs to make you bet. Some enthusiasts enjoy laying out a day’s worth of bets before the first race. This strategy requires a lot of homework!

Enjoy a variety of betting combinations in just as many denominations. Place your bets on win, place and show for each event or mix and match races for bigger payouts. Don’t worry about being a novice, the details are explained in the daily racing guide given to you when you show up at Oaklawn Race Track.

Prepare yourself before you attend by visiting the official website. On the site you will find info on the daily races alongside professional handicap guides. Use the information to help pick a winner and get a head above the competition. Of course, with horse racing, nothing is for sure! You’ll also find a useful novice’s betting guide that explains each step of the betting process. If you’ve never experienced a horse race before, don’t be worried. The friendly Oaklawn staff is standing by to help answer all your questions.

While the excitement of the track tends to be the main event, don’t miss the opportunity next door at Oaklawn Gaming. Enjoy the thrills of playing poker and blackjack at the new facilities. Join a challenging tournament for players of all abilities happening each day. Hone your skills and cut loose for a while.