Backcountry crappie

Crappie lakes devoid of people offer treasures not found in other places

Updated: April 27, 2010, 6:16 PM ET
By Keith Sutton | Special to ESPN Outdoors.com

She lies in the back of beyond, an emerald-green jewel in the heart of an Arkansas swamp. Few people know her, and few of those know her with the intimacy she and I have shared.

When last I visited her, an alligator crossed her breadth and swam alongside the leaky wooden johnboat from which I fished, eyeballing me like a cat eyeballs a plump baby bird. Two bald eagles fished with me that day, carrying bluegills to a nestling high in a cypress tree. Wood ducks squealed as they raced overhead. ...

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