Looking for a place to rent a small fishing boat...not pontoons. Also how is the fishing off shore in Lake Hamilton? Thank you.
Maybe someone knows different but I have tried this before and I do not think there is anyone on Hamilton left who rents the kind of craft you are looking for oddly enough. There are several places you can rent a small fishing boat on Lake Ouachita - and I always had more luck fishing that lake than Hamilton. Hamilton is pretty much populated by jet skis, power boats, pontoons and other larger, faster power boats. If you need some help with Ouachita boat rentals let us know.
Because it has been so hot, the fish in both lakes are pretty deep now. You would have to go out early a.m.
The marina at Lake Ouachita State Park rents 16 ft. fishing boats. We have a reservation for Sunday - I'll repost on how it goes.
Reposting after our fishing boat rental. I describe it more in my post on Lake Ouachita. The short story is it was really fun. We rented a 16 ft. flat-bottom fishing boat with a 15 HP motor. It was $70 for a full day (I think a half days was $50) and we were on the lake for 4-5 hours. We went out to Hotel Island and swam, and them came back. Gas was only $7. They also have a pontoon, canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats. The staff was really helpful as well.
I also saw a flier while at the hotel that Echo Canyon (also Lake Ouachita) just acquired several fishing boats. They were more expensive than the state park but still reasonable.
Next time, we'll probably try and rent the pontoon. It is a little easier to handle for the novice boater and has a canopy for sun protection.
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