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Stripers in Paradise
Thursday, May 08, 2014 12:58PM

By KENNETH L. KIESER Leavenworth Times outdoor columnist  Posted May. 7, 2014 @ 6:29 pm    Imagine going fishing in a boat with three professional fisherman on a dark, moonless night without lights. Then imagine this was your first fishing trip.Scary? You bet, just ask Valory Zortman.Her parents own Mockingbird Bay Resort on Norfork Lake in Arkansas, and she was not passing up this opportunity to fish for the legendary stripers she had heard about.The beautiful college coed was instructed on how to cast spinning tackle in a 19 ½ foot Legend bass boat with three other fishermen, or in other words, fishing in total darkness without hooking someone in the head with a big treble hook.Zortman and company were fishing in beautiful Norfork Lake for the healthy striper population, a predator that makes savage attacks and long runs like a rocket bound for Jupiter while stripping line and taxing reel drag systems with ease. Most people start out fishing for crappie or bluegill, but not Zortman. She was entering the fishing world in difficult conditions for a challenging fish.The night-time ride was cool and refreshing as the smooth-running Legend boat split the waves toward a distant cove with promising structure. Each angler cast straight out towards the shore and began a medium speed retrieve with Rogue lures.Veteran outdoor writer John Felsher soon hooked a ...

Snowbirds Welcome
Monday, December 16, 2013 12:18PM

Good morning, everybody, from Mockingbird Bay Resort -- What a glorious sunrise we had...so thought I'd share!  High temps will be around 50 for a couple of days.  What a great way to welcome our Snow Birds from up north.  Yes, we do have a limited number of cabins that we rent out monthly for folks who'd like to get out of the real cold weather of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, etc...and c'mon down for some fun at Mockingbird.  We'll be welcoming our snowbirds in another week or so.  Looking forward to their arrival!  :)   Call, if you'd like to head south for the winter and be a 'snowbird' too. 870-491-5151.  

The Mockingbird Stakes, Horse Racing 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013 3:16PM

Horse racing at Mockingbird!  Enjoyed some laughs and some betting the other day during the first ever Mockingbird Stakes horse races -- good thing we didn't bet with real greenbacks.  Haha!

Beautiful Day on Norfork Lake
Thursday, June 21, 2012 8:08AM

A friend, Nancy, sent me some awesome pictures taken from her boat of the Mockingbird dock and beautiful, blue Norfork Lake on this hot summer day!  This pic, when blown up, looks like an impressionist painting.  I rather like the effect! 

BRRRR!
Saturday, February 11, 2012 5:17PM

Well, winter has finally decided to show up this year -- better late than never, I suppose.  This morning when I went up to the 5th floor to take this picture, it was supposedly 9 degrees!  Look at the cool appearance (no pun intended) of Norfork Lake this morning though.  The water looked almost "fuzzy" with swirls of steam vapors blowing all around...It's beautiful in its own way.  I think it's so interesting how the lake can be vastly different in color and in texture, depending on the time of day, the season, and of course the weather.  I love this view!  :)

Fishing on Norfork Lake
Saturday, January 14, 2012 10:15AM

Fishing season on Norfork Lake is 365 days a year!