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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.

Remember the 3 R’s when boating on a river

July 14, 2021

LITTLE ROCK – The heat of summer often leads anglers to large rivers and the promise of large catfish and an extended period of fish activity thanks to current keeping surface water moving and slightly cooler than in backwaters and reservoirs. But traveling on a river like the Arkansas can be a daunting task for people who don’t know what all those buoys and channel markers mean. How do you know which side of the buoys to stay on when traveling up or down a river?

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.

Celebrate National Catfish Day with flavor

June 23, 2021

LONOKE — It’s not often that a fish is the subject of a presidential address, but that’s exactly what happened in 1987 when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed June 25 National Catfish Day. In keeping with the 34-year annual observance, we’ve compiled a few great ways to enjoy one of Arkansas’s most eligible sport fish. 

AGFC fishing event at Redfield City Park Pond

June 23, 2021

REDFIELD — Join the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for a fishing event at 9 a.m., June 26 as we celebrate the latest addition to the Family and Community Fishing Program, Redfield City Park. All anglers must register through the AGFC’s registration portal at www.register-ed.com/events/view/169207 to ensure enough space is available at the event.