As the weather cools, and many outdoors enthusiasts begin to put away their boats for winter, some are cashing in on the solitude and lower fishing pressure on their favorite lake. But as their catch rates increase, so do their chances of catching some fish that may be a bit unsightly. Many anglers send in photos to fisheries biologists and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Facebook page this time of year with bass or crappie that look like they’ve got a bad case of acne.
Along with extreme wind and dry conditions throughout most of the state, this year’s opening weekend of waterfowl season was marked by many boating accidents and near misses, including two tragic fatalities: one on Bald Knob Lake and the other on the Arkansas River.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission offices and nature centers will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. Many field personnel, including wildlife officers, will be on duty through the holiday to ensure Arkansans can enjoy a safe, productive hunt throughout the weekend. The AGFC’s social media sites also will be active during the holidays to answer any questions from the public.
Rut is in full swing in most parts of the state, and with the increased deer activity comes something that happens to hundreds of Arkansas drivers every year – a collision with a deer.
With the acquisition of additional property on Frog Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Crawford County, a partnership between the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Trust for Public Lands nearly tripled the WMA’s size to accommodate more hunters in this already popular WMA. The work has garnered the attention of the Trust’s national website as well as local hunters and nature lovers.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officers are asking for help in tracking down the person responsible for shooting and leaving an elk on Piney Creeks WMA along the Searcy-Pope county line.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission accepted five changes to trout fishing regulations proposed for the Bull Shoals and Norfork tailwaters at a special meeting via teleconference today at the AGFC Headquarters in Little Rock.
The proposals are part of ongoing revisions to the formal trout management plans for the two tailwaters. During the last year, biologists have collected creel surveys, biological samples and mail-in surveys as well as held public focus group meetings to determine the best course of action for the trout fishery to meet the desires and expectations of the public. The regulations were presented to the Commission in October, and have been open to public comment for the last 30 days.