Outdoor Life, 2011 - Top Towns - Mountain Home, Arkansas #11
"Number-one town in our inaugural ranking four years ago, Mountain Home continues to hold strong (at #11) in the top 20" . . . . This small town of fewer than 15,000 people is nestled in a valley in the heart of the beautiful Ozark Mountains between two enormous reservoirs: Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes. Local anglers enjoy year-round, open-water fishing for numerous species, including largemouth, smallmouth and striped bass; walleyes; crappies; bream; and catfish. The White and North Fork rivers hold enormous brown and rainbow trout, which thrive in the coldwater habitat below the dams.
But stellar fishing isn’t the only game in town. Whitetail 9dear) populations are holding steady, stands of red and white oak trees are the haven of innumerable squirrels, and chasing gobblers through the hollows of the Ozark National Forest.
Filed & Stream, 3/09 - Jeff Samsel's Photo Trip Report: Big Brown Trout On The White River
. . . It’s not at all uncommon to catch several browns in this size range while searching for a “big one” on the White River. A huge volume of quality habitat, very abundant food, and special regulations that help the fish reach large sizes make this a world-class trophy brown trout fishery. . . . It’s the dream of everyone who fishes an Arkansas tailwater. A replica of the world record brown trout – the 40-pound, 4-ounce giant that H. “Rip” Collins pulled from the Little Red River in 1992 – is displayed in the visitor's center that rests on a bluff overlooking Bull Shoals Dam and the upper end of its legendary tailwater on the White River. Are there world record fish swimming in the White and the Little Red? Probably. Why not find out for yourself?
Outdoor Life 3/08 - Mountain Home, Arkansas #1 Town for hunting & fishing
"#1 Mountain Home, Arkansas - Big-fish diversity in a laid-back Ozarks valley" World-class fishing for trophy largemouth and striped bass, walleye, slab crappies and whopper trout in the White River and nearby Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes. Turkey, squirrels and whitetails - even timber ducks and black bear - occupy the Ozark National Forest. Excellent hospitals and schools, low crime rate, vibrant retail economy and cohesive community make this a great place to raise children or retire.
Field & Stream 1/08 - #2 "Best Fishing Town in America"
"Mountain Home, Arkansas - The Big-Fish, Easy-Living Town." Nestled in the scenic Ozarks, Mountain Home is consistently rated one of the best places to retire to in the country. It's affordable, beautiful, safe, and laid-back. Taxes are low, and the fishing is off the charts. Norfork Lake and Bull Shoals Lake teem with largemouths, as well as stripers and walleyes. The kicker, however, is that you can also catch big trout with flies in the White or Norfork (North Fork) Rivers.