The water at Gaston's Resort is COLD! It used to be a warm water river, typical for Arkansas, until they built the dam and hydo-electric plant. Now the water comes from deep in the lake, and it's 45 to 50 degrees year round (7 degrees C).
While bad for the native river flora and fauna, this was good for tourism, and the State of Arkansas, smelling gold, stocked the river with Brown and Rainbow trout, and the occasional Cutthroat. Outfits like Gaston's sprang up on the shore, and the rest is history.
The cabin we rented came with a free boat - but we had to rent the motor, chain, and chairs! We didn't hire a fishing guide, and so for the first 2 hours, we caught nothing. After breaking for breakfast, we talked with the dock guys, and followed their advice on how to load up the hooks, and where to cast. Perhaps it was also that the river started to run, as they opened more generators at the dam, but soon we were catching fish! Since we declined to pay for fishing licenses, only the 2 Things could fish, but I manned the motor and Sally de-hooked our catch and put them in the wet well. The fishing limit was 10, and we caught 11, putting the littlest one back to gain some weight.
The dock guys killed and gutted the 10 keepers, for a small tip. 4 we ate for dinner, the other 6 went into the freezer and came home with us.
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