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Sept. 8, 2021

Randy Zellers Assistant Chief of Communications

MAUMELLE — Join the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program in Maumelle for a fishing derby focused on the “well seasoned” anglers. A special fishing event will be held from 9 a.m. until noon, Sept. 10, at Lake Valencia for any angler 50 years and older.

The free fishing derby is a great way for older anglers to mingle and enjoy spinning a fish tale or two. Music, food and door prizes will be provided, thanks to local businesses in Maumelle.

The AGFC also will hold a fishing clinic the day before the derby to teach anyone who is unfamiliar with fishing for catfish how to be successful during the derby. The clinic will be held from 11 a.m. until noon, Sept. 9, at the Maumelle Center on the Lake (No. 2 Club Manor Cove). Registration for the fishing clinic and derby are available at or by calling 501-851-4344.

AGFC Family and Community Fishing Program Coordinator Maurice Jackson says the annual seniors’ fishing derby in Maumelle is one of the most fun events he’s been a part of and it’s a great way to kick off the fall catfish stocking season.

“We don’t stock our ponds throughout summer because the heat stresses the fish too much and anglers don’t head to the ponds when it’s that hot,” Jackson said. “Many of these older anglers really enjoy getting out there in the morning for some fun and camaraderie. They also enjoy bringing home fresh fish for dinner.”

Visit for more information on the AGFC’s award-winning Family and Community Fishing Program.