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April 25, 2012 Arkansas Outdoors Newsletter

Lower White Oak Lake renovation forces closure
CHIDESTER - Lower White Oak Lake in Ouachita and Nevada counties will be closed to public access beginning Tuesday, May 1. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is in the midst of a two-year project to renovate the lake after the lake’s water control structure failed. It is necessary to close the lake to insure the public’s safety and provide AGFC staff and contractors room to work on repairs to the structure.

Hot Springs fishing challenge starts May 1

HOT SPRINGS – Crank up your fish-finders, try Grandpa’s favorite vintage lure, dig a bucket of worms from that leaf pile in the corner of the back yard, buy yourself some crickets or minnows. Then set your sights on No. 22. That’s the tag number that will bring you a cool 10 grand if you land “Big Al” in the first-ever $50,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge, which begins May 1 on Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine at Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

Mom’s Lake dedication scheduled for May 3
LITTLE ROCK – Mom’s Lake, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s newest addition to the Family and Community Fishing Program, will be dedicated on May 3 at 1 p.m. Mom’s Lake is near Corning in Clay County.

Great Cotter Trout Festival begins May 4
COTTER – The small, northcentral Arkansas town of Cotter will be celebrating the title of “Trout Capital, USA” beginning May 4 during the Great Cotter Trout Festival. The two-day festival will give trout fishing enthusiasts a first-hand look at the world-class trout fishing on the White River.

Comment period for proposed AGFC fishing regulations opens May 1 LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be compiling feedback from anglers on the 2013 fishing regulations beginning May 1. This year, anglers will be able to provide input on the AGFC’s annual fishing regulations process by going to the agency’s website, writing a letter or by sending an email.
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