All hail the River King

Top cat at Cooks Landing shares his tricks

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 2:53 a.m.

Donald Barber of Oak Grove waits for a catfish to bite Thursday below the hydroelectric plant at Cook's Landing in North Little Rock.

His name is Donald Barber, but to the catfishermen who spend their days and nights at Cooks Landing in North Little Rock, he’s the “River King.” “You got your river dogs and your river cats,” said a weather-worn man who identified himself only as Sam. “You even got your river mice, like me, but there’s only one River King, and he’s it.” Surely Sam has a last name.

Catfishing on the Arkansas River

Donald Barber shares his catfishing techniques on the Arkansas River. (By Bryan Hendricks)
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Sports, Pages 32 on 02/17/2013