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Thwart a snakebite before it happens

Aug. 11, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate between 7,000 and 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the United States each year. Thanks to modern medicine, only about five of those victims die from their snakebite. By comparison, an average of 41 people in the U.S. die annually from lightning strikes.

Lake Jack Nolen set for fall drawdown

Aug. 11, 2021

GREENWOOD — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will lower the water level of Lake Jack Nolen following the Labor Day Holiday. The drawdown will lower the lake’s water level by 3 to 5 feet and should last until mid-winter.

'Arkansas Wildlife' videos available on YouTube

July 21, 2021

Episodes of "Arkansas Wildlife," available on YouTube, take the viewer right into the middle of a goose spread during an early-morning hunt, among many excursions featured on the show.

Lake Catherine sees third round of smallmouth bass introduction

July 14, 2021

HOT SPRINGS — Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists, aided by Chuck Emrick, a Lake Catherine shoreline resident, stocked nearly 48,000 smallmouth bass fingerlings into the smallest of Arkansas’s diamond lakes in early July. This was the third year of an introduction attempt to establish smallmouth bass in Lake Catherine.

Arkansas hatchery convoy completes 2,200-mile striped bass stocking

July 7, 2021

SPRINGDALE — Striped bass on the Atlantic Coast may travel hundreds of miles from the ocean to freshwater bays to spawn, but thanks to the efforts of Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists, some landlocked stripers in Beaver, Norfork and Ouachita lakes can claim a spawning run measuring thousands of miles. Last week, hatchery staff transported a load of striped bass fingerlings from Watha, North Carolina, on a 2,200-mile road trip that lasted nearly 72 hours from start to finish.

Prepare for the cold at tailwater trout locations this summer

July 7, 2021

HEBER SPRINGS — Although not normally thought of as float streams, Arkansas’s trout-fishing areas are quickly gaining solid reputations with the growing numbers of kayak anglers in the Natural State. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission would like to remind all boaters that preparing for a safe day on cold, flowing water in summer requires extra precautions beyond what most flat-water paddlers typically experience.

Find your next fishing hot spot free on agfc.com

June 30, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — Each year, AGFC biologists sink hundreds of fish attractors made from natural brush or environmentally friendly inert materials in water bodies ranging from community ponds to large U.S. Corps of Engineers reservoirs spanning tens of thousands of surface acres. Adding this sort of cover can help baitfish and young-of-the-year sport fish hide from predators. It also provides sport fish such as bass and crappie ambush points to conserve energy and increase their growth rate.