Fishing & Fun

Q & A with two Arkansas fishing guides from JT Crappie Guide Services and Lindsey's Resort

By Michael Roberts


Cravens, left, with friend and mentor Jason Piper.

Cravens, left, with friend and mentor Jason Piper.

Roger Cravens

JT Crappie Guide Services in Northwest Arkansas

Q: WHAT TARGET SPECIES DO YOU FOCUS ON? 
A: Crappie is what we target specifically, but we also offer bass, walleye and other things. The only thing we don’t do is the big stripers, although we will occasionally catch them while crappie fishing.

Q: WHAT REGIONS OR BODIES OF WATER DO YOU FISH?
A: Mostly Beaver Lake and some of the smaller Game and Fish lakes in the area. We also take some trout fishing trips below Beaver Dam.

Q: WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR GUIDE OFFERING?
A: I think one thing is that we can bring up to five guests on our boat, so we can accommodate families and kids. That’s a lot of the comments we get, how well we work with kids and families to give them a good time out there on the water. 

Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU GUIDED PROFESSIONALLY?
A: This will be my seventh year doing it. I started helping the original owner of JT Crappie about seven years ago. The business itself has been here 13 or 14 years.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE STYLE OF FISHING?
A: We’re typically fishing brush piles and structures around the docks. We do mostly single pole, but I’m working on developing a spider rig setup. 

Q: WHO TAUGHT YOU THE MOST TO PREPARE YOU TO BE A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE?
A: Jason Piper, who I took over the business from, taught me a lot. I grew up crappie fishing with my dad in Missouri, but fishing Beaver Lake is a different thing than any other lake. 

Contact Information:
Roger Cravens
254-315-2927


Buddy Pate

Lindsey’s Resort in Heber Springs

Q: WHAT TARGET SPECIES DO YOU FOCUS ON? 
A: Strictly trout—rainbow and German browns, specifically. I consider the Browns to be a greater challenge therefore a more valued catch.

Q: WHAT REGIONS OR BODIES OF WATER DO YOU FISH?}
A: Just the Little Red River as a guide. 

Q: WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR GUIDE OFFERING?
A: I like to teach my clients why we’re doing what we’re doing. Different techniques for different situations—I believe these lessons are important to the overall success of the trip. I want my clients to have a fulfilling experience and I think that understanding the whys are a large part of that.

Q: HOW LONG HAVE YOU GUIDED PROFESSIONALLY?
A: 40 years.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE STYLE OF FISHING?
A: I love all forms of fishing but my favorite is deep-water dead-drifting from a boat. 

Contact Information:
Buddy Pate
501-362-3139
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