The Fab Five

Q & A with leading Arkansas professional fishing guides.

By Dena Woerner


Chris Darby

Q: Target species?
A: Bass, walleye, bream, crappie and striper.

Q: What regions or bodies of water do you fish? 
A: Lake Ouachita, Lake Hamilton and DeGray Lake.

Q: What is unique about your guide offering? 
A: I am the cook at Mountain Harbor Resort. I'll not only put you on fish, I'll cook your catch in the restaurant at the end of the day. 

Q: How long have you guided professionally? 
A: Seven years.

Q: What is your favorite style of fishing? 
A: I love to drop shot. 

Q: Who taught you the most to prepare you to be a professional guide? 
A: Jerry Bean, also a guide on Lake Ouachita. He taught me about finding schools of fish.

Q: Who is your favorite Bass Pro? 
A:
Aaron Martens.

Contact Information: 
Chris Darby
Mountain Harbor Resort, 
994 Mountain Harbor Road
Mt. Ida, AR 71957
870-867-7822


Bill Dennis

Q: Target species? 
A: Bass and crappie.

Q: What regions or bodies of water do you fish? 
A: The Arkansas River from Dardanelle to Dumas, Lake Maumelle, Greers Ferry and Lake Ouachita.

Q: What is unique about your guide offering? 
A: I offer senior and military discounts of 15 percent and there is no charge for children under 12 years of age. I'm a past educator, I teach water quality, safety and an appreciation of our environment. During fishing trips I talk about the species of fish we will catch, their feeding habits and environment in which they live. 

Q: How long have you guided professionally? 
A: Seven years. I had guided part-time three years prior to that. 

Q: What is your favorite style of fishing? 
A: My favorite styles of fishing are with a Jig, Texas Rig Worm, Finesse Worm and Swim Bait. 

Q: Who is your favorite Bassmaster Pro? 
A: Scott Rook and Kevin Short. 

Q: Who taught you the most to prepare you to be a professional guide? 
A: I have gathered a lot of techniques from Ricky Easter. We have fished together for 35 years and have qualified for national bass fishing tournaments. 

Contact Information:
Bill Dennis

billdennis@arfishingguide.com
Facebook: Central Arkansas Fishing Guide
501-580-0669


Kevin Patrick Krementz

Q: Target species? 
A: Primarily crappie, but will fish for anything that's biting.

Q: What regions or bodies of water do you fish? 
A: I only guide on Lake Greeson. We work closely with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and local biologists to strategically place crappie condos (fish habitats) all over the lake. 

Q: What is unique about your guide offering? 
A: I supply everything my customers may need while out fishing, and send them home with fillets from the fish they catch. Guests literally just have to step aboard and fish. I also have contests and drawings for our customers to win a free-guided trip. 

Q: How long have you guided professionally? 
A: Six years on Lake Greeson and four years in the Gulf of Mexico targeting tuna.

Q: Who taught you the most to prepare you to be a professional guide? 
A: I would have to say my father, A.J. Krementz. He started taking me in the 70's when I was just a little boy. We would fish daytime and nights under the lights. I remember scaling fish for hours.

Q: What is your favorite style of fishing? 
A: I love jig fishing for spring crappie. 

Q: Who is your favorite bass pro? 
A: Kevin Van Dam and Roland Martin

Contact Information: 
Kevin Patrick
www.actionfishingtrips.com, 
nfpa2001@yahoo.com
228-363-3580


Frank Saksa

Q: Target species? 
A: Rainbow trout, brown trout, bass, walleye and crappie.

Q: What regions or bodies of water do you fish? 
A: The first 18 miles of the White River from Bull Shoals to Cotter for rainbows and browns. Bull Shoals Lake for bass, crappie and walleye.

Q: What is unique about your guide offering? 
A: I target trophy brown trout with stick baits. I teach a Fly Fishing School through Gastonís Resort.

Q: How long have you guided professionally? 
A: I've been guiding for 32 years.

Q: Who taught you the most to prepare you to be a professional guide? 
A: My uncle, Paul Saksa, taught him how to fly fish and how to tie flies. Jim Wakenight inspired me with lake fishing.

Q: What is your favorite style of fishing? 
A: Artificial baits, both casting and flying.

Q: Who is your favorite bass pro?
 A: Mike McClelland and Chris Lane.

Contact Information: 
Frank Saksa
1777 River Road
Lakeview, AR 72642
870-421 4500


Jamie Rouse

Q: Target species? 
A: Trout, small mouth, hybrid stripers –anything that will hit a fly.

Q: What regions or bodies of water do you fish? 
A: The Little Red River, White River, Norfork River and area lakes and streams.

Q: What is unique about your guide offering? 
A: I provide everything from flies, leaders, rods and reel - even lunch. Beginners are welcome. I'm the only Arkansas guide endorsed by Orvis. I am sponsored by Fayettechill, and am the only pro staff member of Supreme Boats. I was the 2007 Orvis Guide of the Year, and won the 2012 Orvis Guide Service of the Year award.

Q: How long have you guided professionally? 
A: For over 20 years.

Q: Who taught you the most to prepare you to be a professional guide? 
A: Dale Fulton. He was one of the original Arkansas fly fishing guides. He owned Blue Ribbon Fly Company.

Q: What is your favorite style of fishing? 
A: I love to cast streamers for big browns.

Q: Who is your favorite bass pro? 
A: Mike Iaconelli.

Contact Information: 
Jamie Rouse
info@rouseflyfishing.com
Facebook: Rouse Fly Fishing
www.rouseflyfishing.com
Instagram: Rouse Fly Fish
501-691-2252