River Valley Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun June 25, 2017
PHOTO BY: Keith Sutton

For freshness, keep the panfish you catch on ice until ready to clean them. Tools for cleaning include a fillet or cutting board, a sharp knife and a bowl for the prepared fish.

How to fillet and pan-dress crappie, bluegills and other panfish

We call them panfish because they are small enough to fit in a pan—a frying pan, that is. Some of those panfish we love most in Arkansas include bluegills, crappie, redear sunfish, white bass, warmouths, rock bass, yellow bass and longear sunfish. None of these fish grows very big — a few pounds tops, usually only a few ounces. But as a group, they’re among the most popular, most commonly caught fishes in The Natural State. Panfish are ... READ MORE

Try ‘run-out’ fishing for hot bassin’ action KEITH SUTTON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Big bottomland river systems provide superb bass-fishing opportunities for thousands of Arkansas anglers. Take the lower Mississippi and White rivers, for example. The vast network of tributaries and oxbow lakes comprising these ecosystems are favored bassing waters for untold numbers of Natural State anglers. Few places in the state have such healthy populations of abundant largemouth and spotted bass.