Jimmy Crowl, an Oklahoma rancher who has been fishing the White River for 25-plus years, caught this brown trout at the Rainbow Bridge at Cotter, his first catch of a brown at the bridge site. No doubt this catch made for a happy day, and the water there is perfect for cooling off from this heat. Photo provided by Cotter Trout Dock
A couple of happy anglers from Northwest Arkansas landed their limit of stripers on Beaver Lake recently. Photo by Mike Bailey
A young angler lands a rainbow in the Spring River with guide Mark Crawford.
Mike and Florence Galloway of Kansas caught a nice limit of striper Tuesday morning with guide Mike Bailey on Beaver Lake. Bailey says that Mike Galloway is a disabled Navy veteran and avid angler that caught striper fever a few years ago. Mike and Florence make their way down to Beaver several times each year to chase their favorite fish, Bailey adds. There were all done by 7 a.m., he says. Photo by Mike Bailey.
Another nice striped bass was pulled out of Beaver Lake last week. Quinton Baumgartner of Missouri caught this 33-pounder while be guided by Mike Bailey. Stripers are hot all across north Arkansas from Beaver Lake to Norfork Lake. Photo by Mike Bailey.
There are a lot of ways to fish in Arkansas, and a lot of ways in this case to land a catfish. These men used noddling to catch three blue cats this week at Cane Creek Lake, the largest blue (on the right) weighing 56 pounds. According to Austin Davidson, park interpreter at Cane Creek State Park, they sink tractor tires with plywood fastened to the top and a hole cut on the side to create artificial catfish beds. They sink the beds in key catfish habitat along the lake levee and the shoreline at 4.5 to 5 feet depth.
Eric Merriman reeled in this catch of a lifetime on Monday morning, Memorial Day, on Beaver Lake with guide Mike Bailey. Weighed on two different scales, one reading said this striper was 44 pounds and the other said 47 pounds, 9 ounces, Bailey reported. (Photo courtesy of Mike Bailey)