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Arkansas Anglers Hoping for Big Things in 2009

By December 30, 2008

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Earlier this year, Arkansas placed two cities (No. 2 Mountain Home and No. 9 Guntersville) in the top 10 of Field and Stream’s ranking of the Top Fishing Towns.

But it seems like ever since that story ran, Arkansas’ blue-ribbon fisheries have been plagued by poor water conditions.

High water and flooding have “killed” the world-class fishing on Arkansas rivers and lakes, according to the Baxter Bulletin, although anglers and vendors tell the paper they are optimistic things will turn around in 2009.

And if the fish John Wilson, reigning ESPN champion fly caster, and company caught on the White River is any indication of how fishing will be in 2009, I’d be willing to go out on a limb and say Arkansas fishing will be as amazing as ever next year.

Wilson, for those who missed it, served as guide for Missoula-based Barrett Production Co. and veteran angler Frank Smethurst, and the crew hooked up with a 34-inch brown — one of the biggest ever filmed while taking a fly.

The video of the monster brown is scheduled to air on Outdoor Television Network’s “On The Rise” in April.


January 7, 2009 at 11:50 am
(1) Lambo says:

Lets hope it cleans up. Stories in the Sac Bee have been saying Salmon fishing on the California river may be nixed this year as well, an even bigger bummer in northern california.

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