In 2004, a group of fishermen, consisting of Ed Druml, Ron Lee, Darrell Rinehart,
Carl Abel, Jim Lillis, and Dick Alfred met for coffee on Monday mornings in the
back room of a retail store owned by Carl’s wife, Carol, on the square in Mountain
Home, AR. Little did they know that this was the beginning of one of the largest
fishing clubs in the three-state area.
As word got out that they were sharing information about Walleye fishing, more
people asked to join them. As the numbers grew, they had to start meeting in the
evening at the Mountain Home VFW. The competition with karaoke got too great,
so Eddie Haughton suggested they move the meeting to Eastside Baptist Church in
the Hensley Building. Thus, the Walleye Anglers Group (WAG) formed with Eddie
as its first church sponsor.
It was not a club, there were no officers, no dues and no rules. However, a few of
the guys stepped forward as leaders with programs concerning catching Walleye.
Ron Lee and Ed Druml were the first leaders.
Attendance grew to 50 to 60 walleye anglers at each meeting.
With the interest in knowing the Temperature and Dissolved Oxygen in the lakes,
WAG partnered with Arkansas Game And Fish Commission (AGFC) using their
equipment and recording the readings and publishing them to the members by
email. Later the club purchased their own equipment and AGFC asked to partner
In the winter of 2009, WAG was incorporated as The Twin Lakes Walleye Club, as
we know it today. Along with incorporation came officers, a board of directors, by-
laws and dues.
The club progressed with the inclusion of programs featuring videos of members
demonstrating Walleye Fishing Techniques on our local lakes (not northern lakes)
and interactive programs like tying rigs. Other outside activities included seminars
at the Gaston Visitor Center, “Take a Member Fishing” program and manning the
Kids Trout Fishing at the Cotter Trout Festival.
Since that time, the programs have not only been on Catching Walleye in the Twin
Lakes Area, but we have featured national speakers such as Forest Wood with
Ranger Boats, G3 Boats, Yar-Craft Boats, AGFC, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary,
Cabela’s, Humminbird, Lowrance, Garmin, and Pure Fishing.
Membership has passed the 200 marks and 100 or more attend each meeting.
The Twin Lakes Walleye Club is a social organization open to everyone that has an interest in Fishing For Walleye On Bull Shoals And Lake Norfork. With an emphasis on information sharing our members seek to improve their skills by learning from experienced walleye anglers, being introduced to the latest methods and equipment, learning the lakes and practicing safe boating.