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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...

Bass anglers share high-water tips

Flooded bushes home, sweet home for fish

Subscriber onlyWith Beaver Lake full to the brim, a bass in hand beats two in the flooded bushes. Continue reading...

Loop around Leatherwood

Rainy weather makes routine hike memorable

Subscriber onlyThe spirit of adventure prevailed on Friday during a hike around Lake Leatherwood. Continue reading...

Technique from up north works for Beaver Lake walleye

Subscriber onlyWhen Jon Conklin trolls for walleye at Beaver Lake, his pace is slower than slow. It's a downright mosey. Continue reading...

Quail effort a pilot project for rest of state

Subscriber onlyThe first steps to boosting quail numbers across the state take place here in Northwest Arkansas. Continue reading...

Outdoors: Rainy days get Sweden Creek Falls rocking, rolling

Subscriber onlyWhen an all-night rain pelts rooftops across the land, sleepy explorers know sunrise will shine on waterfalls roaring to life in the Ozarks backcountry. Continue reading...

Battlefield project creates fish habitat for Beaver Lake

Subscriber onlyWhat's good for the forest is good for the fish in Beaver Lake. Continue reading...

Yellow Rock Trail offers hikers a view

Three-mile loop popular at Devil’s Den

Subscriber onlyThere’s lots to like about the Yellow Rock Trail at Devil’s Den State Park, including a lofty view that’s one of the most scenic in the Ozarks. Continue reading...

Young writers base outdoor stories on true life

Subscriber onlyHats off today to the fine sixth-grade writers at Lingle Middle School in Rogers who took the outdoors writer class during the annual Lingle outdoors school at Lake Atalanta on April 30-May 1. I'm honored to teach the class each year. Here are a few of their stories. Continue reading...

Smallmouths kings of the river

Subscriber onlyThere's no closed season for floating and fishing on the Kings River, but it was opening day of sorts for a trio of eager anglers. Continue reading...

Bella Vista duo wins chamber bass tournament on Beaver Lake

Subscriber onlySteven Meador and Aaron Stanphill, both of Bella Vista, won the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce buddy bass tournament at Beaver Lake on Saturday with six bass weighing 17.93 pounds. Continue reading...

Outdoors: Walmart FLW Tour bass tournament starts today at Beaver Lake

Subscriber onlyFishermen hope to catch black bass to earn some green prize money when the Walmart FLW Tour bass tournament starts today on Beaver Lake. Continue reading...

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