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Cranors guide service provides the perfect combination of fish catching ability with southern hospitality.  I ask Donald and his team to take customers from all ends of the world and from all walks of life.  He NEVER dissappoints.  

- Keith Daffron ~ Exec. VP ~ Ranger Boats

Old, Young, Man,  Woman, Child...Don, from the first minute you meet him you know you have a friend for life! His skills on the water are second to none for all levels of anglers. The best on the White/Norfolk River chain!

- Rick and Cody Grover, Trabuco Cyn CA

If you look up “Big German Brown Trout” in the dictionary it will reference Donald Cranor!  If you want to have a Trout fishing experience of a life time, book a trip with Donald. My 12 year old granddaughter and I were with Donald the week after Memorial Day, on Norfolk River and landed over 70 trout. We pulled in around 15 Browns. We have been fishing with Donald for 5 years and will not use anyone else on the river for a guide.  You can’t go wrong fishing with Donald. A first class operation and guide! With Donald it is not “fishing” it is “catching"!


- Bruce Burnette

Some friends and I go to Mountain Home every year to fish and play golf.  I have always hired us a fishing guide and this year I chose Donald  after seeing his website and talking with him on the phone.  We have always caught fish regardless of what guide we used, but the quality and quantity we caught with Donald was unmatched.  There are 3 of us fishing which can be a challenge for a guide but Donald was on top of things and made sure every one of us had a great experience, caught lots of quality fish, and received quality service.  I personally caught 2 brown trout in excess of 6 pounds each on ultra light tackle with 4 pound test.  I think I'll bring a little more tackle horsepower with me for the next trip.  I would strongly recommend Donald.  Great guide and lots of fun!

- David Will - Springdale, AR

Donald Cranor is the best and safest trout fishing guide in the Mountain Home area. Betty and I have fished with Donald for several years. As the old saying goes, "you gotta know the territory" fits him to a "T". Largest trout caught was 14 pounds.

- Paul & Betty Jeter ~ Kilgore, TX

Thanks for emailing photos of the nice brown trout Elaine and I caught while fishing with you. Although we had fished with you for a half dozen years, this was the first time we had fished for trophy brown trout. We found the more relaxed pace of that type of fishing a pleasant change from the previous day when we were catching rainbows one after the other until our arms got tired. You have us convinced that you could catch fish in a bathtub with a bare hook! If someone ever asks you for a reference, put my name at the top of the list. we look forward to fishing with you again next month!

- Dorsey Glover ~ Malvern, AR

I have fished with guides all over the United States, and I put Donny Cranor up there with the best. I would not hesitate to send a novice or an expert with him as he will handle them accordingly. Donny doesn't "take you fishing", he asks what fishing experience you want to have, then does his best to see that you have it. He is a man of patience, persistence, and integrity.

- Carlton Annis ~ Alachua, FL

The trip with my boys was fantastic. Four browns 5-7 pounds in one day. and more the next. I was extremely pleased not only with your skill in locating and knowing the right bait, but also in your ability to "coach" three novice fishermen well enough for us to actually land the fish in the boat. As they get older, the opportunity for times like this get less and less. Thanks for memories that will never fade. We will be back!

- Russell Bennett ~ Dalton, GA

I would like to take this time to "Thank you" for guiding myself and Tammy on the best trout trip I have ever been on, this past July. This is a very strong statement from a guy that has fished Tanycomo for 19 years then the White River for the last 7 years, never catching the size and numbers of browns over 3 lbs in a two day period. Your knowledge of the river and fishing techniques for big browns was very impressive. You made a point to teach us these techniques and let Tammy and I do the fishing. I will definitely be making more trips to fish with you and do highly recommend your services to anyone that wants the chance to catch big browns and experience the time of their life on the White River.

- Gary Johnson ~ O'Fallon, MO

I thought I knew something about trout fishing until I went with Donald . Now when I want to catch a real trout I call Donald!

- Vanis Davidson ~ Whiteville, AR

I have been fishing with Don for 2 years and he continues to exceed my best expectations. I knew the White River held many big fish, but had no idea we would be able to catch and release so many trophy class trout. Don is the guide you hope for, he works hard, he knows the river and he can put you the big ones, but most of all he just loves to fish. My trip with Don has already been booked for next year. Hopefully, we will beat the 11 lbs 11 ounce Brown we caught and released last year.

- Ralph Miles ~ Nashville, TN

I just want to thank you for the experience my wife Stacey and I had last weekend. We had a great time fishing and it was all made possible by your expertise and knowledge of trout fishing. You asked us if we wanted to catch a lot of fish or a trophy fish. I had no idea that when I said a lot of fish, you really meant it. We caught so many fish, including the 5 lb. 7 oz. that was the highlight of the day, we were wore out by the end of the day. You have a great demeaner, your quick witted and made the day more enjoyable than just fishing alone. I will recommend you to all my friends. Thanks again for the experience. I was wondering if you could email me some of the pictures you took of us. They will be great to show off to my friends and family. Thanks a bunch!

- Brad & Stacey Christenson ~ Cordova, TN

If the fish are biting, Don will catch them! Don has the experience, patience, bait resources, and will use them to the fullest to make sure his customers catch fish, and enjoy their fishing adventure with him. Don takes his job seriously! His reputation depends solely on the number and size of the fish his customers catch. You will not find a guide that will work harder to ensure that you will enjoy your day, and feel like your money was well spent. Then convenience of being picked up in the morning, having lunch and drinks provided, and being dropped off at the end of the day is an added bonus. Donald Cranor does more than talk . . . he produces! Thanks for all of the big fish and fun times Don!

- David & Mandy Miles ~ Cabot, AR

During our two day trip with Donald my fishing buddy and I caught and released brown trout from 5.6 pounds to 6.8 pounds. Smaller browns and rainbows were quite numerous. As a serious fisherman with several decades of experience I feel qualified to make a recommendation for a great trout fishing trip. Go with Cranor's. Donny has many years of experience floating and fishing the White and North Fork rivers. His equipment is clean, safe, and top notch!

- Lavonn Krummelbein ~ Alton, IL

At noon we were treated to one of the best shore lunches a person could ever ask for. Donald’s fried trout and his special hush puppies along with all the goodies, still leaves my mouth watering. After a short break we were back on the river catching trout . At the end of our day we caught and released over 75 trout. Just think, if I would have started the day doing what Donald suggested, I think we could have topped 100. If you want to catch lots of trout sitting in a comfortable chair with beautiful scenery and a top notch guide who wants you to catch fish and enjoy yourself, then I would highly recommend Cranor’s Guide Service. I am looking forward to my next trip in January along with that fried trout and hush puppies.

- Bob Hahne ~ Beggs, OK

I was telling someone just today about our trip to Cotter and the White River and how much fun Will and I had trout fishing with you last summer. Catching a 5 pound plus Brown is the high point in Will's young fishing career. We plan to come back this winter to fish with you. I will contact you as soon as I can schedule time off from work at a time when Will is out of school. Look forward to seeing you again.

- Barrow Taylor ~ Brownsville, TN

Herb & I had a wonderful three days of fishing with you as our guide. It was a fish filled trip (for sure!!) and your personality and wit just topped off the trip. I came home and called my best friend and told her to call you for a guided trip. She lives to fish. As you know they came down and brought another couple which had never been fishing. Both couples really enjoyed your guide services. Thank you Don and hope to see you again next year.

- Yvonne Ohley ~ Alton, IL