David and Ginny Capps own and operate The Fisherman’s Lodge as well as Capps Guide Service Inc in Cotter, Arkansas. David started his guiding career on Arkansas’s White River in 1978 guiding for area trout fishing resorts. In 1987, he and Ginny were married and in 1993 David and Ginny opened Capps Guide Service Inc., offering guided trout fishing trips on the White River.

Over the next 10 years their trout guide business on Arkansas’s White River grew to the extent they needed a group lodging facility that would provide the amenities needed for their clients while in the area. In 2003, they opened The Fisherman’s Lodge and have never looked back! The Fisherman’s Lodge is perfect for holding corporate team meetings and/or fishing trips on the White River for Rainbow and Brown Trout.

David has Guided Trout Fisherman for over 40 years on Arkansas’s White River and is a licensed Coast Guard Captain. In 2011 as well as 2017, 2018 and 2019 he traveled to Alaska during July – September and fulfilled a lifelong dream of guiding fishermen for Trout and Salmon on a river in the Alaskan bush. David and Ginny have three children that grew up fishing the White River with their dad and all three kids (who are now grown) have been a big help to their mom and dad when asked to lend a hand with day to day operations at the Lodge.

What is The Fisherman’s Lodge?

Our two-story lodge includes a 75 seat conference center that is perfect for local meetings, corporate retreats, large group trout fishing trips, weddings, parties and family reunions. Entertainment decks with BBQ equipment, guest rooms with private full baths, and the great room with a fully equipped kitchen and dining area are just a few of the amenities our facility offers. The Lodge is “base camp” for our guided trout fishing trips and is close to pretty much everything needed including access to the White River.

The Fisherman’s Lodge offers complete White River trout fishing trip packages for individuals and large fishing groups of all types. David Capps, your host, has over 40 years of qualified experience guiding and outfitting both large and small groups fishing for trout on Arkansas’s White River. Everything you need, he can provide – your meals, your tackle, your lodging, your White River Guides and your boats. Hold a meeting in our Conference Center, and then go fishing, play Golf, or do both!

Add a golf outing to your White River Fishing Package and we’ll reserve tee times for you at Big Creek Golf & Country Club. Big Creek is one of Arkansas’s Top Championship 18 Hole Golf Courses and has been rated by Golf Digest as one of the Top 100 Courses to play every year since 2005. This little gem of a track is only 15 minutes from our lodge!

Why Choose the Fisherman’s Lodge?

Referencing what many of our repeat customers tell us; it won’t be the 30-plus trout you catch every day, or the home-cooked meals, or the comfort of a fresh and modern lodge, or even the surprisingly affordable price to add to this long list of pleasures. When we ask our repeat guests why they come back and visit us trip after trip? They say it’s because of our genuine old-fashioned Southern Hospitality that we try and serve every minute of their stay.

Things To See and Do



  • Buffalo National River: Americas First National Scenic River is an absolutely beautiful place to pack up and take a little half day trip to go visit. Spend some time exploring the hiking trails, Small Mouth Bass fishing, swimming, picnics and the incredible bluffs. This trip is worth taking just for the scenic drive alone.

  • Norfork National Fish Hatchery: Come and see where 2.5 Million trout are raised and eventually released into the Arkansas waterways. Moms and Dads, don’t forget to bring the kids fishing poles or fly rods to fish Dry Run Creek, one of the top fishing streams in America for youth under the age of 16 and the permanently disabled. Big fish roam in these waters so don’t be suprised if someone lands a wopper and bring your camera!

  • Blanchard Springs Caverns: Blanchard Springs Caverns is about a 53 mile drive from our Lodge and is located near Mountain View, Arkansas. This is a great day trip destination for a non fishing day or a trip for those in your group wanting to see a truly wonderful “living” cave. Don’t forget to bring a light jacket as it can get fairly chilly in the caves.

  • Sylamore National Forest:This National Forest is located close to Blanchard Springs Caverns roughly an hour away and offers many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, picnics, beautiful drives and scenic views.

  • Mountain View, Arkansas:This is a neat little town that rests about 58 miles away from the Lodge and is billed as the “Folk Music Capitol of the World. Align your calendar with some of the events that Mountain View puts on annually like the Bluegrass Festival and the Bean Festival, and get yourself some Arkansas culture.

  • Cotter, Arkansas:If you would like to enjoy something a little closer to the lodge than we highly recommend spending some time along the river banks of the Town of Cotter just 5 minutes down the road. Enjoy Big Spring Park and take a dip in the spring during the hot summer days while relaxing in one of the prettiest settings one can honestly take in. Events like the Shawnee Supreme Boat Company Trout Tournament and the Annual Trout Festival are staples in these parts and always a good time. Ask David to guide you personally in the fishing tournament and to try your hand at winning a brand new 2013 Supreme Boat!


  • Local Antiques, Art and Crafts: If you aren’t familiar with the area and the talented local artists that live in Mountain Home, Cotter and the Twin Lakes Region you are in for a pleasant suprise. Home Grown artists and implants to the region that now call the White River area home for their masterpeices actually places you, The Fishermans Lodge customer, smack in the middle of some very interesting studios, stores and galleries. From local painters, photographers, artists and art clubs to sculptures, wood carvers, potters, and writers, the Fishermans Lodge puts you in the heart of it all.

  • Branson Missouri:is about a 76 mile drive from Cotter Arkansas. There are top grammy award winners and country music shows with plenty of attractions for the entire family including dining and shopping, offering yet another way to spend your time while in our area if others are out fishing. There are two great places to shop in Branson; one the Tanger Outlet Mall and the other being Branson Landing.

    • Tanger Outlet Mall:Shop until you drop at discounted factory prices with name brands like Polo, Hilfiger, Coach, Ann Taylor, Aeropostale, Eddie Bauer, Hagar, Gap, Levis, Nike and Lane Bryant.

    • Branson Landing Shops:Branson offers another great area to shop, dine and entertain while be nestled along the banks of Lake Taneycomo and the White River. Bass Pro Shops can be found at Branson Landing along the boardwalk and it offers a great place to stock up on all the fishing and adventure items you may need on your visit with us!