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 ...
Thursday, May 01, 2014 4:01PM
This striper is saying, Come on Down to Mockingbird Bay Resort for Some Fun! ...can you read his lips? He's serious! The time to book your cabin is now. Get your fishing gear ready, call your friends, grab your camera and c'mon down! :)By Loretta Zortman
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 4:01PM
The guys from Graybar went out with guides this morning and caught some nice ones!By Loretta Zortman
Sunday, April 27, 2014 9:30PM
As many of you know, we hosted a Norfork Lake Chamber of Commerce fishing media event here at Mockingbird Bay Resort, sponsored by Plano / Frabill, where Arkansas State Tourism invited a handful of awesome outdoor professional writers and pro staff to come to Norfork Lake and experience some stellar fishing, thanks to local guides, some out-of-state guides thanks to Rick Pierce of Bass Cat Boats and the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce. A good time was had by all! Fishing was great! Frank and Val got to go out on a couple of occasions and enjoy the lake as well. It was a 4-day event topped off with a delicious fish fry and live music by the band Coyote Union. Go to Mockingbird Bay Resort's Facebook page for more photos -- I'll be gradually posting more. By Loretta Zortman
Friday, April 18, 2014 6:16PM
...Eh-hem! ...in that cast! Inviting you to relax in a comfy cabin at Mockingbird Bay Resort, and then arrange for a fishing guide to pick you up right off our boat dock and take you out for either Norfork Lake striper fishing or trophy trout river fishing excursion -- an experience of a lifetime!!
Sunday, April 13, 2014 11:24AM
A couple of fishing buddies from Missouri were having some good luck catching small mouth bass and stripers this weekend! Luckily, they entered the Fishing Derby -- so their catch may earn them $500 (per species). Good Luck to them! :)By Loretta Zortman
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:19AM
The hydroplane races are coming back to Norfork Lake, so mark your calendars: July 31-Aug 3! Pigeon Creek will be abuzz with hydroplanes! Racers will flock to Mountain Home, Arkansas, or more specifically NORFORK LAKE, for "The Buzz on Pigeon Creek." Check out the excitement of these unique boats known for their high performance two-cycle motors that make a "buzzing" sound as they reach racing speeds up to 90 mph.Participants from at least 15 states will be part of the Buzz on Pigeon Creek.Bring your lawn chairs and watch the races from along the shore of Pigeon Creek Park, just off of AR201 North. There will be food for sale as well as Buzz on Pigeon Creek T-shirts.
Friday, February 07, 2014 10:36AM
Thursday, January 23, 2014 3:37PM
Very excited and honored to have 10 of my watercolor impressionist quilted wallhangings in Blackbird Cafe, in the beautiful Mountain Home library.
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.