Black Bass Program 

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Program Overview

The Black Bass Program was established by the AGFC in 2001 to direct specific attention to Arkansas’s most sought-after game fish - largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass. The primary purpose of the program is to assist AGFC Fisheries Division district biologists with intensive management of black bass species statewide, while serving the tournament and non-tournament bass angling public.

Black Bass

The Black Bass Program is stationed at the AGFC Hot Springs Regional Office and can be contacted for questions pertaining to black bass conservation.

The program enhances bass fishing opportunities for anglers through:

Research – assessing impacts of the Largemouth Bass Virus in Arkansas, evaluating our Florida-strain largemouth bass genetics program, evaluating our Trophy Bass Management program, determining post-stocking success of black bass in Arkansas waters, and conducting age, growth and health assessments on bass populations statewide.

Assisting other Fisheries Biologists – assisting with various sampling techniques to evaluate and monitor our bass populations, assisting with collection of brood stock and distribution of fingerlings, conducting data analysis and computer simulations to predict impacts of size and harvest restrictions on bass populations, and using various graphic models to assist with evaluating harvest restrictions following implementation.

Habitat Improvement – coordinating projects that establish native aquatic vegetation in reservoirs for black bass nursery cover and assisting with natural and artificial fish shelter/habitat construction and placement.

Tournament Assistance Program – providing technical assistance and support at live-release tournaments, providing fish-hauling trucks to large tournaments for proper fish handling, care and release after tournaments, and working cooperatively with tournament directors and anglers to refine weigh-in procedures and reduce mortality, displacement and access conflicts.

Administering the Arkansas Tournament Information Program – collecting, analyzing, and documenting volunteer tournament data into a report based on the success of tournaments around the state. This report provides valuable information for tournament anglers and biologists to use in tracking trends in bass angling success and catch rates over time.

Program Staff

NameTitlePhone | Email
Colton DennisBlack Bass Biologist877-525-8606 | Email
Kevin HopkinsAsst. Black Bass Biologist877-525-8606 | Email

Related Documents

Black Bass Program Quarterly Newsletter
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Black Bass Program Annual Report
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