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Mysteries of Fish & Fishing

Lower Mississippi River Dispatch Vol 8 No 7c

Quapaw Canoe Company

Throughout the years we have noticed a lot of distraught fishermen who have spent long hot days casting lines and made much investment in time and gas and equipment -- and end up crying by the banks of the river with empty nets and lost gear.

If you’ve ever tried fishing the Lower Miss without success, don’t give up! Hope is now here! Thanks to Tommy Shropshire and the LMRCC the mysteries of fish and fishing on this inscrutable waterway have been diminished with a new online publication Fishing the Lower Mississippi River, A Sport Fishing Guide. Go to and click on the yellow bar at the top of the page and enjoy the read and the visuals (and then download so you have your own copy!) More description below.

Upcoming events on the Lower Mississippi River. Scroll below for more description:

Today Wed July 25 -- deadline extended: today is the very last day to vote with Canoe & Kayak Magazine!

Tomorrow -- Thurs July 26: Clarksdale Farmers' Market

Sat July 28th -- Helena Farmer's Market

Thursday August 2nd -- KIPP Dugout Canoe Celebration

Friday-Sunday Aug 10-12 -- Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival

Now Live! Fishing the Lower Mississippi River, Sport Fishing Guide

LMRCC production by Tommy Shropshire, layout by Bruce Reid.

From Bruce Reid: I invite you to view a new, interactive publication of the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee: "Fishing the Lower Mississippi River, A Sport Fishing Guide.” Go to and click on the yellow bar at the top of the page. View our welcome video and view the guide online. I suggest downloading the guide in Flash format (for viewing on your computer) or pdf format for viewing on an iPad or printing. My friend Tommy Shropshire compiled information for the guide with a panel of Mississippi River experts. The guide has many beautiful photos by my friend John Ruskey, including the cover image, as well as other photographers. Who knew that you could flyfish the Mississippi? Learn the finer points of trotlining. Discover the fun of jug fishing. Enjoy America's Greatest River."

Check out the fishing guide on the Lower Mississippi River Conservation Committee’s website

KIPP Dugout Canoe Celebration

August 2, 4-5:30pm

Delta Cultural Center, Helena Arkansas

Come join the hundreds of KIPP Middle School students who carved a dugout canoe from a 14 foot long cottonwood log that originally weighed 2 tons! The tools they learned to use included axes, adzes, scorps, draw shaves, hand planes and carving chisels, employing geometry, sculpture and many thousands of hours of hard work. The KIPP saying “Work hard. Be nice.” was definitely in practice! The KIPP Dugout Canoe was completed in May 2012 after three years of carving by the students of the KIPP Delta College Prep School of Helena. KIPP Dugout Reception will be Thursday August 2nd 4-5:30pm -- honoring the students who carved the canoe!

Clarksdale Farmers' Market -- every Thursday 5-8pm

The Clarksdale Farmers' Market is now operating throughout Summer/Fall 2012 on Thursdays 5PM to 8PM in the grass lot located at 239 Delta Avenue. There will be vendors there with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, pork products, fresh milk, baked goods, and other products. We encourage everybody to stop out and pick up some produce from your local farmers. It's a great, easy way to help your local economy, get healthier, and get delicious food.

Also, the market has a new website, located at Feel free to check it out, send it around, or contact us with the convenient form located there.

Please come on out tomorrow night from 5-8. We'll see you there!

Helena Farmers' Market -- every Saturday 9am-1pm

Location: Court Square Park in Downtown Helena

Address: 111 Hickory Hill Drive

Helena, AR 72342

Contact: Phillips County Chamber of Commerce

Phone: 870-338-8327



Event Details: From June until October, come and enjoy the best of locally grown produce, home-baked products, and the work of artisans and craftspeople every Saturday morning from 9:00am to 1:00pm in Court Square Park.

Canoe & Kayak Magazine:

Paddle with Purpose

Okay, I know this is beginning to sound like a broken record -- but Canoe & Kayak Magazine has extended the deadline until today, Wednesday July 25. If you haven’t already voted, go vote! Today is the very last day! Last chance! Winners will be announced Aug 2nd. Many thanks to those who already have voted and have shared the vote with their friends!

Canoe & Kayak Magazine 2012 Paddle with Purpose award goes to “the most-inspiring paddling effort, organization or expedition devoted to a philanthropic cause…” If not us, go and vote for some other worthy individual or organization!

Go now and vote at: