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Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to add 550 acres of high-quality habitat to Northwest Arkansas WMA

April 21, 2022

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission today authorized AGFC Director Austin Booth to enter into an agreement with The Nature Conservancy to purchase 550 acres of property joining two sections of McIlroy Madison County Wildlife Management Area in Northwest Arkansas at its monthly meeting at the AGFC headquarters.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

April 21, 2022

Mrs. Willie Bethea of Camden, a client of Millwood Lake Guide Service, was fishing with her husband and enjoyed the crappie bite on Millwood this past week, despite the darkening skies and impending rain. Guide Mackey Harvin took his clients to the crappie hot spots. Warmer temperatures helped the bite, and crappie have begun migrating to cypress trees for their spring spawning ground movements at Millwood. A few nice 2- to 2.5-pound crappie have been hitting jigs and minnows over the last week. They've also been hitting bass anglers' baits, such as spinnerbaits and lizards, which fishing the cypress stands. Photo provided by Mike Siefert.

Seven steps to get young anglers on the line

April 20, 2022

LITTLE ROCK — According to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Fishing Education coordinator J.J. Gladden, the best partners the AGFC has in recruiting new anglers are adults willing to take the time to visit one of the great streams, lakes or other fishing destinations in The Natural State.

AGFC doubles up on spring catfishing events in Beebe, Maumelle April 23

April 20, 2022

LITTLE ROCK — Step out and enjoy some springtime fishing fun with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at one of two special events being hosted by the agency’s Family and Community Fishing Program this Saturday. Both events are open to youth and adults and feature a variety of outdoor activities to kick off the first stockings of catchable catfish throughout the state.

Crappie broodstock added to Lake Ouachita nursery pond

April 20, 2022

JOPLIN — The William H. Donham State Fish Hatchery in Corning recently supplied 250 adult black crappie for fish production in Lake Ouachita’s nursery pond in the south fork of the lake.

Rescheduled Waterfowler Hall of Fame banquet to celebrate former AGFC staff and commissioners

April 20, 2022

LITTLE ROCK - Former AGFC Commissioner W.R. “Witt” Stephens Jr. and former AGFC biologist and assistant director Carl Hunter will be recognized for their work in promoting waterfowl management at a banquet at Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, May 19. The banquet originally was planned for last September, but concerns over COVID-19 numbers forced organizers to postpone the event.

AGFC boosts stocking capability at Parker Bend

April 20, 2022

EUREKA SPRINGS — Thanks to a partnership with Trout Unlimited Chapter 514 in northwest Arkansas, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission recently completed renovations at the Parker Bend stocking chute on the Beaver Tailwater. The new chute will enable rainbow trout stockings to occur much more frequently at Parker Bend, distributing trout more evenly in the tailwater.