Sandra spent 7 years sailing alone in the Pacific, on a three-meal
fish diet, catching huge beautiful salmon off the California coast
which she broiled on her stern-mounted gas barbecue, marlin and
mighty skipjack tuna off the Baja coast, all kinds of reef fish
in the Sea of Cortez and Tarpon further south. When she first
came to Arkansas, she took up trout-fishin' in the White River
below the dam and often would get up at 3AM to go catch some fresh
ones for the guests' breakfasts. She'll gladly let you know where
her favorite fishin' holes are if you want to bring your rod.
20 minutes from the Inn, we have the famous Kings River, one of
the finest streams for that wonderful small-mouth bass. The Kings
also has a great walleye run in the springtime. Table Rock Lake,
about 5 miles from our Inn, has strong populations of small-mouth,
large-mouth and Kentucky bass. And then we have Beaver Lake tailwaters
within a 30-minute drive from the Inn, with four kinds of trout
-- a friend recently took out a six-pound brown!
The Kings River has very good smallmouth fishing and they are
especially keen to grab at live creek minnows, Swimming Minnos
lures, Rooster Tails in white, brown or yellow, grubs in green
pumpkin or pumpkin pepper and PJ's Finesse jigs in white/chartreuse,
1/8th...all excellent "fodder" for these frisky fellows.
There is always fantastic trout to catch below the Beaver Dam
and that is where I've always gone. Black/red Micro jigs, ginger
Micro jigs (both tipped with a wax worm) are the best lure-bait
combos. Of course, loive minnows are always popular with the brown
trout and white bass that frequent that neighborhood. (NOTE: From
Spider Creek to Parker Flats and Houseman Access off 62 are heavy-duty
traffic zones for the white bass/hybrids.
If you are into flyfishing, during the warm weather, you'll get
good results with Partridge and yellow soft hackles (size 15);
also, Red Ass (size 16 to 18); B.H. Woolly Buggers, black or olive
(10 to 12); Johnny Flash Gomez (18); W.D.-40 Tun, olive (18-20);
Griffith's Gnat (20-22) and B.H. Pheasant Tails, olive (14-16).
If you're looking for the mammoth striped bass or catfish, head
straight for Beaver Lake where stripers swim on top in the very
early morning and you can catch them from shore around the Beaver
Dam and points 1, 5 and Indian Creek for you boaters. Large floating
stick baits, Rattle Traps and XXXL-sized minnows will without
doubt land you a photo-op biggee! Our popular catfish love chicken
livers, crawfish and night crawlers and can be pulled up from
the 10 to 15-foot depths at night. Lake Leatherwood Park just
west on 62 a few miles from downtown have the biggest channel
cats you'll ever find anywhere! If you're into slab crappies,
check out Lake Leatherwood and Dinosaur World (Rt. 187) pond...they
are going for minnows and jigs. Redear love crickets.
We are happy to report that Beaver Lake is now a very strictly-enforced "NO ALCOHOL" lake so it will be safe for every fisherman or boater. You can meander out on it from Starkey Marina -- they have some fun pontoon boats to rent there.