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Cooler temps bringing the fish back to our dock

With the evening temperatures dropping down into the 60/70’s, the fishing is really picking our at our dock.

16 inch Crappies caught off small spinner baits or minnows

Small Bass starting to gorge themselves in prepration of the winter months.

Cat Fish galore

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Big Striper in April on Lake Norfork

29 pound striper caught by Harry Michaels fishing with Steve’s Guide Service in the Big Creek area of Lake Norfork.  The fish was caught using a topwater bait at about 8:00 AM on April 13, 2011.

Arkansas: The State of Fishing

“Arkansas: The State of Fishing” Draws Nationally-Known Outdoor

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism hosted “Arkansas:
The State of Fishing” November 15 -23. Over 20 nationally published writers and
photographers visited the Ozark Mountain Region and Lake Ouachita over the
10-day period. The ambitious endeavor blended a promotional photo shoot with a
national writer’s event – this proved to be the largest hybridized event of
this kind to take place in North America.

Noel Vick, president
of Traditions Media and co-organizer of the event, provided insight as to why
Arkansas was selected by his clients from the north. “Having a southern partner
like Arkansas affords us the opportunity to entertain writers on the open water
and shoot imagery during what back home we consider the off season.”

Representatives of celebrated publications such as In-Fisherman, Bassmaster,
FLW Outdoors, North American Fisherman, Outdoors Canada, Outdoor Life, Game
& Fish Publications (representing 20 unique state titles), Crappie World,
Field and Stream, and numerous fishing designated websites including Wired2fish
and Go Fishn’ were guests of Arkansas Tourism and the Ozark Mountain Regional
Tourism Association.
“Putting on an event of this magnitude required not only
dedicated manpower, but also the facilities capable of hosting it. Think about
it: we had Gaston’s on the White River; Blue Lady Resort and the Quarry Marina
on Norfork and Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita; plus support from the
U.S Army Corps of Engineers and Arkansas Game & Fish. Toss in Ranger Boats,
and a band of manufacturers from the north felt mighty welcome in the south,”
said Vick.

“Arkansas: The State of Fishing” was a collaborative effort between the
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (with special help from the Ozark Folk
Center and Bull Shoals-White River State Parks), Traditions Media, Frabill,
Northland Fishing Tackle, MarCum Underwater Cameras, the Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and all area chambers of commerce
and lake associations. Additional partners included area fishing guides, Twin
Lake and White River area businesses, Ranger Boats, Sysco Foods, Raimondo
Winery, DeVito’s Restaurant and Bear Creek Springs Trout Farm. Blue Lady Resort
in Gamaliel, Gaston’s White River Resort in Lakeview and Mountain Harbor Resort
in Mount Ida hosted the team of writers and staff.

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The Land of Oz

Hello, everyone!

It’s been busy in the Ozark Mountain Region over the last couple of weeks.  From November 13 – 23, the Ozark Mountain Region helped host the “Arkansas, The State of Fishing” Media Event.  Top sports writers, pro-staff, and major tackle suppliers all converged on the area to get a little taste of all the wonderful fishing opportunities in the area.  His Place Resort was fortunate enough to be able to provide guided trout fishing trips on the White River, and one of our guests was Darl Black, who wrote the following review about The Land of Oz, his view of the Ozarks.

story below by Darl Black -

Early in November I spent several days in the Missouri Ozarks. This past week found me a little further south in the Arkansas Ozarks for more fishing adventures in the Land of Oz.

White River Brown Trout

White River Brown Trout

I was taking part in Arkansas State of Fishing sponsored by Frabill, Northland Fishing Tackle, MarCum Technologies, Arkansas Tourism, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, and area resorts.  Over 20 outdoor writers participated in this extended photo shoot, staying two to three days to experience the variety of fishing adventures.  Even though it was a massive undertaking with complicated scheduling, Arkansas hospitality was clearly demonstrated by area resort owners and staff who made everyone feel right at home.

My base of operation was Gaston’s Resort, from which I had the opportunity to fish the White River for trout, Norfork Lake for bass and Bull Shoals for crappie.

On day one I joined forces with Eric Naig and local trout guide Curtis Redburn to discover why the White River is recognized as a world class trout fishery.  Small rainbows came on almost every cast with a live red worm.  But it took my bold change up to a pink suspending jerkbait to draw strikes from big browns in the river.

Bass on Lake Norfork

Bass on Lake Norfork

On day two I explored the coves of Norfork Lake with bass angler Larry Olson.  Larry guided me to the lake’s triple bass trophy: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass.  All bass were caught on a Northland Jungle Bug with a crawdad trailer.

Crappie fishing on Bull Shoals Lake

Crappie fishing on Bull Shoals Lake

My final day in the Land of Oz, I fished Bull Shoals with Curt Niedermire and guide Frank Saksa as we probed brushpiles in 25 feet of water for big black crappies.  We scored crappies up to 2 pounds by following Frank’s detailed instructions on counting down a 1/16-ounce jig to the top of the brush.

If you would like to arrange a magical visit to this land of enchantment, check out the following websites: and

to view Darl’s story on his blog, visit

Our thanks to Darl for help getting out the word about our wonderful area!

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Fishing in the Ozarks: Norfork Lake Bass, Brim, Crappie and Walleye

Hello everyone!

Here’s more articles about some of the great fishing opportunities in the Ozark Mountain Region.  I met Brian McClintock at the November, 2010 “Arkansas, The State of Fishing” media event.  Although there wasn’t time for Brian to fish on the White River this time, he had a blast fishing on nearby Lake Norfork!

story below by Brian McClintock,

Tags: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Kentucky Bass, Walleye, Crappie, Brim, Jig, Soft Lure, Spinnerbait, Spoon, Clothing, Underwater Camera, Casting, Catch-and-release, Jigging

We don’t have big water in central Pennsylvania. We have a few small lakes that anyone who has real lakes would call a pond, and the West Branch of the Susquehanna River is our only fishery that really supports the open-water species like bass, muskie, and walleye.

When I received an invitation to head to Arkansas’s famed Mountain Home area, sandwiched between two of The Natural State’s most well-known reservoirs: Bull Shoals Lake and Norfork Lake, I was anxious to get on some big water and find some of those fish that are hard to find in my homeland, and that’s just what we did.

The iconic Gaston’s White River Resort was my headquarters for the weekend, thanks to the generous people at Arkansas State Tourism and Gaston’s itself. With 50s-esque person pink cottages, a peacock pen, and all the hospitality that the South is known for, Gaston’s has been home to anglers fishing the area for decades. And their formidable owner, Jim Gaston, is a living Arkansas legend, but enjoys patrolling his grounds with his dogs in toe, making sure everyone has what they need for a good time and a comfortable stay. 

Thanks to Northland Fishing Tackle, Frabill, and Marcum, not only was I going to be doing some fishing, I also was able to test out some of their new gear, including the much-lauded Frabill StormSuit. The StormSuit won Best of Show at ICAST this year, and after wearing it all weekend, I know why. (Click here for my gear reviews of the StormSuit, Northland Fishing Tackle’s Reed-Runner spinnerbait, and the Marcum Underwater Camera).

And thanks to two guides and the Blue Lady Resort, I was able to get out on Norfork Lake two days in a row targeting the burgeoning bass populations in the lake. While Norfork is perhaps best known as a landlocked striper fishery, recent years of great spawning conditions has lead to a nice brood of largemouth, Kentucky, and smallmouth bass

My guides on Norfork couldn’t have been more different. Day one was a Norfork icon, Darrell “Bink” Binkley. Bink’s been guiding on the lake for more than 20 years and knows the water like a postal worker knows his route. Bink and I targeted suspended bass all day with a green-pumpkin grub on a jig. As only a green-pumpkin grub can do, we ended up catching just about every species in the lake on day one: largemouth, smallmouth, Kentucky, crappie, walleye, brim, the works. Bink then broke out his secret weapon, his self-designed spoon which worked wonders in brush piles. Nothing was very big and we didn’t catch a lot, but it was a true showcase of what Norfork has to offer.

Day two was with a guide who used to hire Bink when he’d come down to Norfork on vacation. Steve Olomon retired to the shores of Norfork and has been guiding on the lake for only the past few years but fishing it for much longer. Also going after bass, we were throwing a topwater Heddon Zara Spook, a Storm Wiggle Wart crankbait, and a Northland Reed-Runner spinnerbait. Again, the fishing wasn’t blistering. We started with a couple smaller largemouth then I caught the fish of the weekend: the 4.25-pound bucketmouth on the Reed-Runner. We were fishing some man-made brush piles when the big fella hit the lure. That was really the last fish of note. Everything else brought in were either this year’s or last year’s fish, a great sign of a healthy fishery.

Norfork was a very interesting lake to fish for me. Before damming the river, the Army Corps of Engineers clear cut the area, so there are no natural structure submerged. It’s extremely deep and wild. There were waterfowl flying everywhere, making me wish I had my black lab and shotgun with me. I saw bald eagles both days, one carting off a duck it had picked off. It also doesn’t have the toothy fish like pike and muskie that many lakes have, with the bass and walleye serving as the lakes main predators. Next time I head to the area, though, I am definitely going after the lakes big striped bass and hitting either the White River for some of their famed trout or Bull Shoals, which was teaming with big crappie.

From delicious food at Gaston’s and at DeVito’s Restaurant and trout farm (with freshly caught trout prepared about 5 ways and family-style Italian to boot), to great wine from the California-native Roelands family who now own the Blue Lady Resort, to fun fishing with new friends, it was a weekend that I’ll be thinking about for a long time, and that bass is one I’ll remember forever.

(to see the photo gallery that went with this story, read Brian’s actual post on the web at


Thanks, Brian, for helping us get the word out, and and I hope to see you again soon!

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