River Valley Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun August 13, 2017

Canoes provide a great way to bass fish

Keith Sutton/Contributing Writer

My first time bass fishing from a canoe happened by coincidence. One of my friends runs a bait shop, and when I asked him if he’d heard of anyone waylaying some of the local bass, he told me about a small backcountry river in the heart of an Arkansas wildlife management area. “It’s a remote stream,” he said. “It’s full of blowdowns and snags. A big boat won’t make it through, but you can slide a canoe in at a WMA bridge and fish it just... READ MORE

White River National Wildlife Refuge merits a visit By KEITH SUTTON

Not far from the little town of Ethel in Arkansas County, a gravel road off the highway leads to several oxbow lakes in the heart of the White River National Wildlife Refuge. Our world contains many beautiful places, but in summer, none is more gorgeous than this verdant piece of river-bottom real estate.