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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.

Tagged crappie from Dardanelle study wanders 32 miles to new home

April 22, 2020

RUSSELLVILLE – It’s natural that anglers and conservationists would be concerned about heavy flooding and how it could affect Arkansas fisheries. Spawning periods that coincided with major spring floods last year will be affected. Some fish production years aren’t as good as others, but it’s okay, biologists say. This helps keep sport fish and the populations of the fish they feed on in balance.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

April 22, 2020

One of Beaver Lake area fishing guide Austin Kennedy's neighbors, Larry (no last name provided), caught this whopper striper two weeks ago. Larry had never caught a striper before, so Austin says he "hooked him up." Photo provided by Austin Kennedy.

The crappie color conundrum

April 22, 2020

JONESBORO — Let’s start an argument. Not about politics, best brand of truck or the best snack for a fishing trip. This is a real argument, one in which everyone has an opinion and are willing to stand up for their side.

Explore new fishing options during high water

April 15, 2020

JONESBORO — Another wet spring is upon us, and many anglers who rely on rivers, oxbows, backouts and bays have been met with high, muddy water that can create frustrating fishing conditions. But in a state with so many bodies of water, anglers still have some great opportunities to go fishing.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

April 1, 2020

John Volpe with a 5-pound bass he caught on a rubber worm at a private pond in Pulaski County. Photo provided by Joe Volpe.

Fishing rod perfect measuring stick for social distancing

March 25, 2020

LITTLE ROCK — People confused about how far to stand from others when social distancing could learn a lot from an angler. Just act like you’re casting a fishing rod.