The fertile waters of the Arkansas River, which form Ozark and Hammerschmidt Lakes, offer unlimited fishing opportunities. All game fish native to Arkansas are in abundance here. For added variety, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has stocked the lake with striped sea bass and sauger. Fishing is good year round for catfish, bream, crappie, white and largemouth bass. From late fall until early spring, anglers fishing the tailwater immediately below Ozark-Jeta Taylor Lock and Dam and James W. Trimble Lock and Dam can enjoy some of the best sauger fishing in the nation. Anglers find great success whether fishing from boats or the riverbanks.
The public land surrounding Ozark Lake yields deer, quail, squirrels, rabbits, dove, wild turkey, ducks and geese in abundance for open state hunting seasons. Both hunting and fishing are in accordance with state laws. These land and water areas are managed under a license agreement with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.