Tri-Lakes Outdoors

Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun June 28, 2015
PHOTO BY: Keith Sutton/Contributing Photographer

Trophy bluegills, like this 2-pound-plus catch, are among the wariest and most difficult to catch of all sportfish. It can be done, however, by employing the right techniques in the right waters.

Bluegill bonanza

How to catch panfish as big as dinner plates

Keith Sutton/Contributing Writer

Catching bluegills isn’t difficult. These scrappy panfish are not especially wary, and small ones will forgive even the most slipshod angling techniques. Catching big bluegills — those that weigh 1.5 pounds or more — is a different story altogether. When a bluegill reaches the size of a man’s hand, the fish has been around long enough to be considerably more guarded than its smaller counterparts. By the time it’s the size of a dinner pl... READ MORE

Easy? I don’t think so: Preparations for fall alligator season should begin now By KEITH SUTTON

Through June 30, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will accept online applications for alligator hunting during this fall’s season, which will run Sept. 18-21 and Sept. 25-28.