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50lb Blue Cat Caught on Lake Ouachita

John Jamison and Noel Vick with Noel's first 50lb Blue Cat

John Jamison and Noel Vick with Noel's first 50lb Blue Cat

There’s one way to spice up a fishing trip and that’s to jump in the boat with Northern fisherman on Lake Ouachita, Arkansas. I fished with a blend of outdoor writers and pro staff from Frabill, Lund, Northland Tackle Company, Hobie Fishing, PradcoRippin Lips, St. Croix, MarCum Technologies and Rapala for a week of exciting catches which fed the likes of outrageous (mostly true) fish tales.  One such catch involved a 50lb. blue catfish caught by Noel Vick of Traditions Media and John Jamison of Rippin Lips using skipjack herring cut bait.

Bro Crappie

Bro, AKA the “Pan Man” validates that a Northern Crappie expert can travel South and apply many of the same tactics and be successful.

The lake was very giving as I caught Kentucky bass and crappies with Frabill pros, Brian “Bro” Brosdahl and Pat Kalmerton. I even reeled in a few spots from a Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak.  And while bringing in a fish is always exciting, I have to say that fighting one from a kayak brought the sport to an all new level for me.

Midwest Outdoors was on the scene for most of the action and filmed a lot of footage. A recently released episode featured our trip including the fight with the monster cat.  You can view this episode by clicking on this link: Winter Fishing on Lake Ouachita at Mountain Harbor Resort

Mountain Harbor Resort, located in Joplin, Arkansas offers beautiful cabins with lake views.  The large resort provides first class service with some of the best examples of Southern hospitality around. Just about any accommodations and activities you are interested in can be found at the resort.  The compound has hotel room style lodging, condominiums and posh cabins.

Brad Wiegmann on Lake Ouachita

A few of the cabins include three bedrooms and most have large hot tubs positioned on the back porch.  Activities include horseback riding, mountain bike trails, hiking trails, tennis courts, a full service restaurant and a top-notch spa. If you visit, be sure to say hello to Pati Brown, resort manager and Chris Barnes, Food and Beverage manager.  Cook and fishing guide, Chris Darby will even fry up your catch for you. The resort has a full service marina, complete with a floating Subway sandwich shop.  You can buy your tackle, gear, snacks and fishing license right on site.  Renowned guides Jerry Bean and Chris Darby operate exclusively from Mountain Harbor Resort.  They’ll put you on walleye, striper, crappies and bass.

If you are looking for a fishing destination to visit this fall or winter, I highly recommend Mountain Harbor Resort and Lake Ouachita.

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  • Dena Woerner

    An addendum to my story, I forgot to Link to Midwest
    Outdoors. To watch great angling
    features, be sure to catch the latest episodes at www. http://www.midwestoutdoors.com/

  • Dennis Leppell

    Very neat! I’ve stayed at Mountain Harbor before…huge place! The cabins are spaced out in clusters, so you still have the feel of a small Minnesota resort. I’m gonna have to go after some of those catfish next time I’m there…