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AGFC stocks nearly half-million shad into Greers Ferry Lake

Sept. 13, 2023

HEBER SPRINGS — Biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission boosted the food chain at Greers Ferry Lake this week with the release of at least 476,000 threadfin shad from the lake’s nursery pond near Mill Creek Recreation Area.

New AGFC Fisheries chief Laird hatches plan for tackling big projects

Aug. 9, 2023

Tommy Laird, a 33-year veteran with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Fisheries Division, didn’t ever see himself as chief of the division, but he also didn’t count on AGFC Director Austin Booth’s persuasive skills when it came time to fill the role in June.

Remember to register for a free fishing derby this weekend

June 7, 2023

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be hosting its free annual fishing derbies this Saturday, but you have to let them know you’re coming to participate.

Free Fishing Weekend slated for June 9-11

May 31, 2023

LITTLE ROCK — Thanks to a proclamation by Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, anyone may fish in Arkansas without a fishing license or trout stamp from noon Friday, June 9, through midnight Sunday night, June 11.

AGFC celebrates rebirth of Spring River hatchery

May 18, 2023

MAMMOTH SPRING — Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Chairman Bobby Martin loaded the first batch of rainbow trout Wednesday at the “ribbon-cutting” of the newly remodeled Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery in northeast Arkansas.

State seeks big fish tales for tiger trout record

April 19, 2023

COTTER — Arkansas’s famed trout tailwaters are home to some of the largest trout in the world, including the 40 pound, 4 ounce brown trout caught by Rip Collins in 1992 that held the world record spot for 17 years (and still holds the world record for 4-lb.-test fishing line). Now the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will allow state record submissions for another trout species, this time for tiger trout.

AGFC hatchery boosts birthrate in Arkansas walleye

March 29, 2023

CENTERTON — In early March, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission staff from the C.B. “Charlie” Craig State Fish Hatchery in Centerton teamed up with other AGFC staff from northwest Arkansas to gather walleye from the King’s River and boost the success of their spawn for the future of Arkansas angling.