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Commission pursues opportunity with ASU to expand Cypress Bayou Wildlife Management Area

June 17, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously at today’s meeting to authorize the agency’s director to enter into a 10-year cooperative agreement with Arkansas State University to manage a 160-acre tract bordering Cypress Bayou WMA in White County and allow public hunting access to that property under the current regulations of the wildlife management area.

AGFC lays fishing foundation at Lake Poinsett

April 20, 2021

HARRISBURG — The shovels may be done turning dirt at Lake Poinsett, but biologists are still busy laying the foundation for good fishing in the newly renovated lake in Poinsett County. Last week, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission stocked thousands of baitfish into the waters of the refilling lake in an effort to produce a fantastic fishery in the coming years. 

Aging infrastructure may force tough decisions at AGFC

March 31, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — A new generation has stepped outside as a result of the global pandemic, discovering the peace, excitement and sense of wonder available through hunting, angling and outdoor recreation. Arkansas is blessed with countless opportunities to pursue these activities. The time has come to reinvest in the resources we’ve come to enjoy so much.

Commission authorizes funding for critical habitat-enhancement projects

Dec. 10, 2020

SPRINGDALE – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission authorized $760,000 to be allocated to five engineering projects vital for fish and wildlife conservation during today’s meeting. The meeting took place at the newly constructed J.B. and Johnelle Hunt Family Ozark Highlands Nature Center, preceding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the location.

Lake Poinsett’s refilling to begin with dam closure on Dec. 1

Oct. 21, 2020

HARRISBURG – The gate at the Lake Poinsett dam, situated a little less than 4 miles southeast of here, will be closed Dec. 1 by Arkansas Game and Fish personnel, allowing the lake to begin refilling with rainwater following a renovation of the fishery, lake shoreline and the water control structure, a process that shut down the lake for three years and was officially completed last week.

Progress at Lake Poinsett

Sept. 16, 2020

HARRISBURG — As trucks unload large gray riprap and spray improved shorelines around Lake Poinsett in Poinsett County, Brett Timmons and his natural resources program technician, Tristan Bulice from Arkansas State University, continue to drag artificial habitat structures to the bed of the lake, nearing the end of a three-year marathon. The 471-acre lake has been dry since 2017 to complete a massive renovation involving many moving parts.

Public meeting on Lake Poinsett renovation, Nov. 12

Oct. 24, 2019

HARRISBURG — Fisheries biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a public meeting at Calvary Baptist Church at 6 p.m., Nov. 12, to discuss the progress of the ongoing renovation of Lake Poinsett. The church is at 503 S. Illinois Ave. in Harrisburg.