14. Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas


This is one of those sleeper lakes that was on four of the nine anglers’ lists. It has quality fish but is overlooked for other good crappie lakes nearby. 

“Dardanelle equals one word in my mind—FAT,” Kevin Rogers said. “I mean fat crappie live in this lake. They are so large you are almost afraid to touch them because they look like they might explode. From Piney to Shoal Bay, and all the way to the Illinois Bayou, this lake is full of better than average crappie.”