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Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

Sept. 22, 2022

The north ramp (canal access, county ramp, or Westmoreland Ramp) on Mercer Bayou was inspected, sprayed again and reopened Thursday, Sept. 22. Giant salvinia, an invasive aquatic species than can take over a body of  water, was spotted before Labor Day weekend in the canal access and was moved, and has not been found on the bayou in almost two weeks now, so all public access ramps are open, according to AGFC biologist Dylan Hann. 

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

Sept. 15, 2022

Justin Yancey sent us this photo of his 6 year old son, Gavin Yancey, working really hard for a rainbow trout on the Little Red River this past weekend. Justin says "I wanted to share this picture to encourage everyone to take a kid fishing. You won't regret it."

Wild Science Webinar: September 2022 - Optimizing Sampling Protocols of Flathead Catfish in Ouachita River and WRICE: Partnerships and Benefits to Participants

Sept. 14, 2022

The Wild Science Webinar is a monthly series featuring Arkansas Game and Fish Commission staff presenting research and projects about Arkansas fish and wildlife. In this month's webinar, Jacob Martin, District 6 Fisheries Management Biologist, will present "Optimizing Sampling Protocols: Evaluating how Electrofishing Settings affect the Capture of Flathead Catfish in the Ouachita River" and Jessica Feltz, Conservation Social Scientist, in collaboration with Luke Naylor, Wildlife Management Division Chief, will present "WRICE: Partnerships and the Benefits to Participants".

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

Sept. 8, 2022

Tommy Laird, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission assistant chief in the Fisheries Division, helps with the stocking of rather large blue catfish that were donated recently to the AGFC for use in the agency's Family and Community Fishing Program ponds. The catfish producer from south Arkansas who wished to remain anonymous, donated more than 10,000 pounds of blue catfish, with most fish weighing more than 7 pounds and some giants tipping the scales at the 30-pound mark. The AGFC typically stocks channel catfish when providing catchable-sized fish for anglers in ponds, but these blue catfish will offer even more fight and provide excellent table fare for those anglers lucky enough to hook, and land, these larger targets. The FCFP has nearly 50 fishing locations around the state. VIsit  www.agfc.com/familyfishing to find one near you.

 

Seniors’ fishing derby returns to Maumelle

Sept. 7, 2022

MAUMELLE — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program welcomes all anglers 50 years and older to Lake Valencia for the largest senior citizen community fishing event in Arkansas, 9 a.m. until noon, Sept. 9.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

Sept. 1, 2022

Zach Baird from Howard, Colorado, was throwing a small articulated streamer pattern called the "Swim Coach" on a 7-weight rod with a 200 grain sink line in low water of the Little Red River and ended up pulling this brown trout off the bank on an evening trip. Photo provided by Mike Winkler.

Big blue catfish kick off fall at family fishing locations

Aug. 31, 2022

LITTLE ROCK - Break out the fishing rods and kick off fall with a chance at a monster catfish, thanks to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program and a generous donation from an Arkansas catfish producer.