The Land of Oz

Hello, everyone!

It’s been busy in the Ozark Mountain Region over the last couple of weeks.  From November 13 – 23, the Ozark Mountain Region helped host the “Arkansas, The State of Fishing” Media Event.  Top sports writers, pro-staff, and major tackle suppliers all converged on the area to get a little taste of all the wonderful fishing opportunities in the area.  His Place Resort was fortunate enough to be able to provide guided trout fishing trips on the White River, and one of our guests was Darl Black, who wrote the following review about The Land of Oz, his view of the Ozarks.

story below by Darl Black –

Early in November I spent several days in the Missouri Ozarks. This past week found me a little further south in the Arkansas Ozarks for more fishing adventures in the Land of Oz.

White River Brown Trout
White River Brown Trout

I was taking part in Arkansas State of Fishing sponsored by Frabill, Northland Fishing Tackle, MarCum Technologies, Arkansas Tourism, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, and area resorts.  Over 20 outdoor writers participated in this extended photo shoot, staying two to three days to experience the variety of fishing adventures.  Even though it was a massive undertaking with complicated scheduling, Arkansas hospitality was clearly demonstrated by area resort owners and staff who made everyone feel right at home.

My base of operation was Gaston’s Resort, from which I had the opportunity to fish the White River for trout, Norfork Lake for bass and Bull Shoals for crappie.

On day one I joined forces with Eric Naig and local trout guide Curtis Redburn to discover why the White River is recognized as a world class trout fishery.  Small rainbows came on almost every cast with a live red worm.  But it took my bold change up to a pink suspending jerkbait to draw strikes from big browns in the river.

Bass on Lake Norfork
Bass on Lake Norfork

On day two I explored the coves of Norfork Lake with bass angler Larry Olson.  Larry guided me to the lake’s triple bass trophy: largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass.  All bass were caught on a Northland Jungle Bug with a crawdad trailer.

Crappie fishing on Bull Shoals Lake
Crappie fishing on Bull Shoals Lake

My final day in the Land of Oz, I fished Bull Shoals with Curt Niedermire and guide Frank Saksa as we probed brushpiles in 25 feet of water for big black crappies.  We scored crappies up to 2 pounds by following Frank’s detailed instructions on counting down a 1/16-ounce jig to the top of the brush.

If you would like to arrange a magical visit to this land of enchantment, check out the following websites: and

to view Darl’s story on his blog, visit

Our thanks to Darl for help getting out the word about our wonderful area!

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