Local fishing guide experiences catch of a lifetime on Spring River

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Tim Shannon, Salem resident and owner of Pond Pro Fishing Guide, recently caught two Golden Trout on Spring River. Shannon’s catches came just days after the Jim Hinkle Fish Hatchery’s groundbreaking ceremony for a major renovation project.

With the recent renovations coming to the Jim Hinkle National Fish Hatchery announced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recently, it is already a given that will be a boost to Fulton County.

The timing couldn’t have been any better as just days after the groundbreaking ceremony, a fishing guide’s own personal catch would be a sign of things to come. However, local fisherman and river guide, Tim Shannon, believes it is all “a God thing.”

Shannon was fishing with family when he was able to spot the elusive Golden Trout. “I have been guiding on Spring River now since 2017. When they stocked those Golden Trout in there, for me personally, it revived that drive to get out there and fish. To go out there and catch not one, but two fish of a lifetime, in the same day is just incredible,” said Shannon. So he proceeded to tell the story.

“We were fun fishing that day. I have an uncle in the military who came in and wanted to go fishing. We went out after work on Thursday for a quick trip and I saw a Golden Trout. We sat on that fish for three hours trying to catch it. It wasn’t going to bite anything, just wasn’t going to do it.” Shannon went back out the following day, close to the same area, for eight hours trying to catch it and watch what it would feed on, because it would come up every now and again, he said. “We sat out all day on Saturday, I walked out and they just appeared out of nowhere. They are gold and how they hide like they do, I have no idea.”

He eventually got to chase several Golden Trout over the next few days, being dubbed “The Golden Guide” by clients. “It was definitely a challenge. I had to use some tricks I have used guiding on White River to catch that fish out of Spring River. So that was really cool; trying to figure him out, seeing what he would bite on. That’s part of the game of fishing. When you can go out and pull off a day like we had, and to top it off with two fish like that, it’s just incredible.”

Shannon hopes the community, and tourists, begin to see Spring River as more than just a party river and appreciate the sport of fishing. “I’m here to tell you, they are fixing to bring the White River mojo to Fulton County and it’s going to be an amazing thing. They are going to get it set up where literally the White River will be in our backyard. I know it’s only 45 minutes from Salem, but to have it 10 minutes away … oh it’s going to be incredible.”

If you would like to book an outdoor adventure with Shannon, find Pond Pro on Facebook at facebook.com/pondpro.

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