Dec. 16, 2019
Randy Zellers Assistant Chief of Communications
MAMMOTH SPRING — Tonight’s scheduled public input meeting for the Spring River Trout Management Plan has been canceled due to inclement weather and predicted deteriorating road conditions in Northeast Arkansas.
“We want to hear from the public and will reschedule the meeting, but we want everyone to be safe,” said AGFC Trout Management Program Coordinator Christy Graham. “As soon as we have a new location and time, we will post it on our social media channels, press releases and website.”
Graham says the planning process also calls for a second public meeting in January, but anyone with an interest in the river’s management regarding trout should make plans to attend both meetings and be a part of the entire process. Unlike most of Arkansas’s other trout fisheries, which were created by cold-water discharges from large manmade reservoirs, the Spring River’s trout water along the Missouri/Arkansas state line is created naturally from Mammoth Spring. The spring releases roughly 9 million gallons of water per hour, all of which is between 58 and 62 degrees. The output forms a 10-acre lake, then feeds the river and supports a trout fishery for roughly 12 miles downstream. The river receives monthly stockings of rainbow trout as well as an annual stocking of brown trout for anglers to pursue.
Progress of the management plan will be posted on www.agfc.com throughout the process. For more information, contact Graham at 877-425-7577.