River Valley Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun July 26, 2015

Natural State-style crappie fishing

On a recent trip to Lake Greeson near Kirby, three friends and I caught crappie after crappie after crappie. All the 50 fish we boated weighed more than a pound each, and about a third weighed between 2 and 3 pounds. That’s a nice mess of crappie. Fact is, many Arkansas lakes produce excellent crappie fishing like this, even during the hot summer months. Greeson ranks among the best for trophy-size crappie, but scores of Natural State w... READ MORE

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