Dagmar WMA Lakes
To reach Apple Lake, follow U.S. Highway 70 west from Brinkley for approximately 5 miles. The lake road turns north off the highway just before you cross the Bayou de View bridge. To reach the other lakes, continue on Highway 70 a mile or so farther to the Dagmar WMA sign marking the turn north onto a gravel road. This road forks a short distance off the highway. The right fork leads under Interstate 40 to Teal Pond. The left fork leads under the interstate to Gator Pond, Robe Bayou and Hickson Lake. Bowfin Overflow lies at Gator Ponds east end and is accessible only by dragging a boat over a levee between the two lakes.
Dagmar Wildlife Management Area encompasses several lakes, pons, sloughs and bayous within its 8062 acres. Robe Bayou, or Robe Lake as it is known locally, is impounded with a small dam and is perhaps the most popular fishing area within the WMA. In this same vicinity are four other fishing lakes. Hickson Lake is an oxbow of Bayou de View. Gator Pond, Bowfin overflow and Real Pond are borrow pit lakes built during the construction of Interstate 40. Apple Lake, the largest impoundment on Dagmar WMA, serves as a waterfowl rest area during winter months and is closed to fishing 30 days prior to and during regular waterfowl season.
Fishing for channel catfish and crappies is excellent on all these lakes. Largemouth bass, bluegills and redear sunfish are also present, but the best fishing for these fish is on Hickson and Apple Lakes. The lake bottoms are covered with logs, but there is little variation otherwise. Most anglers fish around cypress trees, buckbrush, dead timber and other visible cover, though a depth sounder may help locate brushpiles sunk by local anglers and Game & Fish Commission personnel.
Cypress and tupelo trees, buckbrush, fallen trees, stumps.