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Canceled hatchery fishing derbies result in bonus catfish stockings throughout Arkansas

June 4, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — Precautions to limit the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 have forced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to cancel the annual fishing derbies held at its five fish hatcheries in June, but anglers throughout the state will still be able to enjoy some quality time chasing catfish. AGFC hatcheries are delivering thousands of pounds of catchable-sized catfish to small, publicly accessible ponds throughout Arkansas to prepare for Free Fishing Weekend, June 12-14.

Stinky stuff! Catfish baits that reek of success

June 3, 2020

The catfish may be one of the most misunderstood of all Arkansas’s sportfish. It occurs in practically every body of water in the state, grows to gigantic proportions, and is easy to catch with inexpensive equipment. Top off those features with its fantastic flavor, and it’s amazing that anyone would look down on these hardy fish.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

May 27, 2020

Ian Seng of Little Rock caught his first rainbow trout, with Austin Kennedy guiding him in the Beaver Lake tailwater in Northwest Arkansas. Photo provided by Austin Kennedy.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

May 20, 2020

Little Garrett Lemons is proud of his bream he caught off of a redworm while fishing at Lake Greeson recently. Memorial Day weekend would be a great time to introduce a child to fishing for bream, likely hooking the youngster for life. Photo provided by Lisa Spencer.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

May 13, 2020

Jack Robinett found that high water can be productive with this male brown trout. He caught this big one on the White River May 6.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

May 6, 2020

Phil Kimball had never caught a walleye until recently, when regular Fishing reporter contributor Austin Kennedy took him to the Beaver Lake dam tailwater to find that elusive fish.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

April 29, 2020

Martin Tinnin caught this tank of a rainbow trout Sunday on the White River while fishing with guide Casey Hughes. With heavy water releases at Bull Shoals Dam, the river was running at about 20,000 cfs, but the high water didn't seem to interfere with this big fish's feeding schedule. Hughes took advantage of a caddis hatch in slack water to put Tinnin on this 26-inch rainbow that was released right after the photo was taken.