Lake Chicot is a true natural wonder. A 20-mile-long, former main channel of the Mississippi River, it is the biggest oxbow lake in North America and Arkansas's largest natural lake. Bluegill fishing is popular in Lake Chicot. Channel catfish, crappie and largemouth bass also frequent the cypresses, willows, buckbrush, dead timber and docks along the lake's shores. In its open waters, anglers seek out striped bass. Because of its southern location, prime fishing on Lake Chicot usually begins earlier in the spring than on Arkansas's other major lakes. It is also stocked with Florida-strain largemouth bass, so be prepared with stout tackle.