Tri-Lakes Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 1, 2016
PHOTO BY: Keith Sutton/Contributing Photographer

Many species of saltwater fishes produce unusual sounds, including the very popular redfish, a common target of anglers fishing in Gulf and Atlantic waters.

Eerie feeling: The songs fish sing

Keith Sutton/Contributing Writer

When the spring breeding season nears, the river rhumba begins. It is an eerie melody, heard in lakes and streams throughout Arkansas, and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. An angler on the water at night will often hear the peculiar combination of purring and grunting welling up from the depths and wonder about the sound’s origin. I remember when I first heard it. I was 14. A friend and I were trotlining in east Arkansas’ L’A... READ MORE

Why Arkansans love crappie fishing KEITH SUTTON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Spring is upon us. The dogwoods have started blooming, and crappie are biting in the shoreline shallows of many lakes here in Arkansas. It’s a season many anglers anticipate with great joy — me included. So recently, I visited one of my favorite crappie lakes to see if I could get a bite.