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NWA fishing report

Subscriber onlyBeaver Lake: Trolling for walleye or white bass has been productive this week. Continue reading...

High water brings swamp paddling to Ozarks

Conditions right for exploring backwaters

Subscriber onlyThis summer adventurous paddlers can canoe or kayak in the woolly swamp and never leave the Ozarks. Continue reading...

Fix That Flat

Prepared riders won’t find themselves stranded on road, trail

Subscriber onlyDo much bicycle riding and one thing is going to happen besides burning calories and working those muscles. You’re going to have a flat. Continue reading...

Smallmouth bass no duds on Kings River float

Subscriber onlyThe biggest concern during our drive to the Kings River was if the stream would be crowded with floaters on the cusp of the July 4 weekend. Neither of us worried about catching fish. Continue reading...

Overlook reveals history of Beaver Dam, lake

Subscriber onlyIt's good to see our tax dollars at work in a positive way, especially when the effort educates and adds a little fun to boot. Such was the scene on a visit to Beaver Dam and the remodeled overlook on the dam's south end. Continue reading...

NWA Fishing Report

Subscriber onlyBEAVER LAKE It’s that hot time of year when fishing for all species is best early, late or at night. Continue reading...

NWA fishing report

Subscriber onlyBEAVER LAKE Crappie can be caught by trolling crank baits or casting minnows or jigs on the south end of the lake. Continue reading...

Outdoors: Teen goes it alone, backpacks 165 miles on Ozark Highlands Trail

Subscriber onlyMarek Stanley didn't waste any time starting a summer adventure once school let out. Two days after classes were through at Rogers Heritage, the 17-year-old set out by himself on a 165-mile backpack trip along the Ozark Highlands Trail. Continue reading...

Putthoff: Easy hike leads to Kings River Overlook

Subscriber onlyA Sunday drive is even better with a little hiking thrown in to spice up the trip. Continue reading...

NWA Fishing Report

Subscriber onlyBEAVER LAKE The high level of Beaver Lake is ideal for setting limb lines to catch catfish. Continue reading...

Outdoors: Trout Unlimited effort aims to establish cutthroat trout below Beaver Dam

Subscriber onlyTrout Unlimited volunteers didn't put all their eggs in one basket. They used 56 baskets in the first step to establish a population of cutthroat trout in the White River below Beaver Dam. Continue reading...

Picking contest winner a treat, at least for one judge

Subscriber onlyReality television's got nothing on the drama that takes place at judging time of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette fish story contest. The contest went down to the wire again this year with our 2015 fish-story champion, Elaine Holloway of Rogers, winning by a whisker. Continue reading...

NWA Fishing Report

Subscriber onlyBeaver Lake: Striped bass are biting early on the north end of the lake. Continue reading...

Mulberry River ride a scenic treat with good eats

Subscriber onlyThis summer may be the best in years to enjoy one of the most scenic drives in Arkansas. That's a cruise along Arkansas 215 beside the Mulberry River. Continue reading...

Springdale's Duncan reflects on term as Game and Fish commissioner

Subscriber onlyA phone call from the Governor in 2008 changed Ron Duncan's life for the next seven years. His cell phone would ring while he was trying to float his favorite river. Emails filled his in box. Duncan, of Springdale, burned up the interstate driving to Little Rock for meetings and events. Continue reading...

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