good write up and info!!!
ouichita lake is BIG so you need to know more before you just got running around her on a whim! try to keep posting in here, i know Ouachitabassangler(jim)and Justin freeman live right around hot springs, justin was gitting into canoing the river last i heard...and jim(oba) well his name says it all, if there is something to know about that lake he is the ONE to ask or tell you... but i have not seen him on in awhile(hope all is well JIM?) i have cuaght gar and cats and tons of perch on Ouachita as a kid..but even with a prolike OBA we got skunk'd the one time i had the pleasure to go out with him, winter turn over can suck.... i would bring as many rigs as possible! try for striper/trout/cats in the spill way,from ouachita to lake hamilton..
lots of little stream abound,but snakes and ticks are thick too!
if you want small stream search a map of the area and zoom down to mark a few, i bet you could mark 100 streams that are close to roads, mark every bridge on a road and then just stop to check um out... wish i could help more....if all else fails BAIT AND WAIT...cuz somethin will eat it in ouachita, if time is all you got, and any fish will do... if it's perch/bream/sunfish use worms, baccon or anything even flies and jigs ....then use those fish for a bait to catch big cat/striper/bass/gar!lol
good to see post in AR! i was tryin to go this summer but will see...