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April 12, 2017 Arkansas Outdoors Weekly Newsletter

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Felsenthal bass on the rise

CROSSETT-With large, clear-water lakes such as Ouachita, Bull Shoals and Beaver Lake being prominent fixtures in the Arkansas bass tournament scene, anglers may think the southern portion of the state doesn’t have many good fisheries.Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, many of Arkansas’s most productive fisheries reside in the bottom third of The Natural State. Millwood,Monticello, Lake Chicot and the lower Arkansas River have claimed their spots in Arkansas bass anglers’ must fish destinations, but one fishery deserves much more praise than most anglers are willing to give. 


Cabot artists dominate Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK – Three Cabot artists claimed the top spots in this year’s state-level Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program art contest, judged March 27 at the Witt Stephens Junior Central Arkansas Nature Center in downtown Little Rock. 


Bowfisherman arrows state record spotted gar

MAYFLOWER– Jerrime Tucker of Conway used his bow in March to take the biggest spotted gar ever recorded in Arkansas, topping a mark that had held for almost 12 years. Tucker was bowfishing in Lake Conway on March 18 when he caught the spotted gar, which weighed 12 pounds, 5 ounces, setting the mark for largest spotted gar taken with unrestricted tackle. Unrestricted tackle is anything other than rod and reel. The previous mark of 11 pounds, 12 ounces was set by Joseph Miller of Clinton, who took his fish on April 9, 2005, in Lake Overcup.


Bullfrog season opens April 15

LITTLE ROCK – April 15 isn’t just time to do your taxes. It’s the kickoff the most exciting summer pursuit in Arkansas bayous, the opening of bullfrog season.Bullfrogs can be found across Arkansas, but the heaviest concentrations usually are found along the many ponds, slow-moving streams and fish farms in the east half of the state. It may take some door-knocking and asking for permission,but some small, private ponds can prove worth the effort once you break out the gigging gear.


Big Catch returns to MacArthur Park,fishing clinic added

LITTLE ROCK – The largest community fishing event in Arkansas will be held from 8 a.m.to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at MacArthur Park in Little Rock, and it’s absolutely free. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program has partnered with Community First Alliance, Inc. and many Arkansas-based sponsors to host The Big Catch, a day full of fun, food, games and prizes for the entire family.


Anglers reminded to fill out mailed surveys

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission would like to remind everyone who received a mail-in fishing survey in March to please return it as soon as possible. According to Jason Olive, assistant chief of the AGFC Fisheries Division, responses to this survey are extremely important in how the AGFC will manage fisheries in the future. 

 

USDA offers renewal options for expiring conservation stewardship program contracts

WASHINGTON– Acting Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young today announced that a contract renewal sign-up is underway for the Conservation Stewardship Program,USDA’s largest working lands conservation program with more than 80 million acres enrolled. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service made several updates to the popular program last fall. These changes help producers better evaluate conservation options that benefit their operations while improving the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands. 

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