Arkansas: The State of Fishing at Lake Ouachita

Zoie Clift
Over 20 internationally published writers and photographers are set to visit Arkansas Nov. 13-19 for a national outdoor media fishing event and photo shoot on Lake Ouachita.

“Arkansas: The State of Fishing” ,which will be headquartered out of Mountain Harbor Resort, is part media event, part corporate photo shoot for fishing equipment manufacturers Frabill (Jackson, Wis.) and MarCum Technologies (Minneapolis, Minn.).

Arkansas was chosen as home base for the shoot for reasons that include location and scenery. 

“Up north, November puts us between openwater season and the lakes freezing for ice fishing, so the scenery is rather glum,” said Noel Vick, President of Traditions Media and co-organizer of the event. “From photography and video perspectives, we’re in limbo. Having a southern partner like Arkansas affords us the opportunity to keep filming and firing cameras.”

Media members attending the event write for publications such as In-Fisherman, Bassmaster, FLW Outdoors, North American Fisherman, Outdoor Life, Game & Fish Publications (representing 20 unique state titles), Crappie World, The Fisherman, Field & Stream, Midwest Outdoors, Texas Fish & Game and their respective websites, as well as numerous fishing-centered, standalone websites including BassFan, Wired2Fish, and the social media site Go Fishin’. Each participant will be treated to a customized fishing adventure, pursuing everything from largemouth bass to crappies to striped bass to walleyes and catfish. Award winning photographer and videographer, Bill Lindner is also set to be at the event.  Professional anglers, factory staff, and outdoor personalities will be available for interviews throughout the course of the event.

This is a second time Arkansas will host this national fishing meet up. Last year’s event was held in the Ozarks on Lake Norfork, Bull Shoals and the White River, headquartered out of Blue Lady Resort on Norfork and Gaston’s White River Resort.

“We are excited to have these first-class fishing companies returning to Arkansas,” said Dena Woerner, Vice President of Grow Socially and one of the event’s chief architects. Sponsoring the actual media event, in addition to Frabill and MarCum, are a host of blue-chip fishing equipment companies, including Lund Boats (New York Mills, Minn.), St. Croix Rods (Park Falls, Wis.), Hobie Kayaks (Oceanside, Cal.), Aquateko (Ponte Verda Beach, Fla.) and Arkansas’s PRADCO (Fort Smith, Ark.), makers of YUM, Bomber, Rebel, and other lure brands.

To schedule interviews or learn more about the event, contact either Noel Vick at or Dena Woerner at

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