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Canceled hatchery fishing derbies result in bonus catfish stockings throughout Arkansas

June 4, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — Precautions to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 have forced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to cancel the annual fishing derbies held at its five fish hatcheries in June, but anglers throughout the state will still be able to enjoy some quality time chasing catfish. AGFC hatcheries are delivering thousands of pounds of catchable-sized catfish to small, publicly accessible ponds throughout Arkansas to prepare for Free Fishing Weekend, June 12-14.

Stinky stuff! Catfish baits that reek of success

June 3, 2020

The catfish may be one of the most misunderstood of all Arkansas’s sportfish. It occurs in practically every body of water in the state, grows to gigantic proportions, and is easy to catch with inexpensive equipment. Top off those features with its fantastic flavor, and it’s amazing that anyone would look down on these hardy fish.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

June 3, 2020

Allen Haney caught this longnose gar on rod and reel just south of the Toad Suck launch on the Arkansas River. Robert Mauldin and Scotty Lewis provided moral support during the catch, Allen said. The gar weighed about 16 pounds and was 50 inches long. It was caught on cut shad and was released just after photos were taken. Photo provided by Allen Haney.

Big Buzz Bass tournament returns to Lake Maumelle

June 3, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — The fifth annual Big Buzz Bass tournament presented by Bradford Marine and ATV returns to Lake Maumelle June 13, with more than $6,000 in prizes up for grabs. For the second consecutive year the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is working with 103.7 FM The Buzz to support the tournament and Arkansas bass fishing.

AGFC improving Pendleton Bridge Access to Arkansas River

June 3, 2020

PENDLETON — Contractors working with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be expanding the boat ramp at the popular access to the Arkansas River beside Pendleton Bridge in Desha County during the next few weeks.

Apply for a WMA deer hunting permit by July 1

June 1, 2020

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has opened the application period to hunt deer on some of the more popular wildlife management areas it manages until July 1. Hunters interested in pursuing white-tailed deer during this fall’s permit-only hunts may apply online at www.agfc.com.

Buffalo River Elk Festival canceled, elk permits to be drawn online

May 29, 2020

JASPER — The Buffalo River Elk Festival, originally planned for June 26-27 has been canceled, according to a social media post today from the festival planning committee. The cancellation was in accordance with Arkansas Department of Health guidelines amid the continuing battle to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.