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Golden rainbows return to White, Spring rivers

Aug. 25, 2021

MOUNTAIN HOME — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission worked with Crystal Lake Fisheries, Inc., to stock an additional 8,000 rainbow trout in the White River below Bull Shoals Dam and 2,000 rainbow trout in the Spring River last week. Some of the trout stocked were golden rainbow trout, which have proven popular with Arkansas anglers the last few years.

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.

Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Fishing Report

Feb. 11, 2021

Jeff Jones didn't let the extra clothing to battle the cold weather stop him from battling and winning against a White River brown trout near Cotter Trout Dock recently. Photo provided by Cotter Trout Dock.

Walleye catch completes Master Angler sweep for Flippin fisherman

May 13, 2020

FLIPPIN – A walleye that could top 9 pounds was all that was keeping Roger Pyzocha from claiming catches in all eight of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Master Angler Program categories, but it was proving elusive these past couple of years. Finally, after a few near misses on the weight scale with 8-pounders, Pyzocha recently landed a 9.2-pound walleye on Bull Shoals Lake to reach a goal he’d set out to achieve seven years ago.

Anglers can find additional golden rainbows in White River

May 6, 2020

NORFORK – More golden rainbow trout have been stocked in the White River system below Bull Shoals Lake dam. About 500 of the rainbow trout that have a color variation making them appear a bright golden yellow were part of a shipment of 10,000 rainbow trout stocked Monday from the access here to other points upriver toward the dam.

Arkansas Wildlife Fishing Report

Feb. 19, 2020

Caden Lewis and his dad, Aaron, had a nice day recently on the White River below Bull Shoals Dam. Photo provided by Cotter Trout Dock.

Former Commissioner, Arkansas boat-building legend dies

Jan. 27, 2020

FLIPPIN — Forrest Wood, founder of Ranger Boats and former Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioner, died Saturday at Baxter Regional Medical Center. He was 87. Keith Daffron, Wood’s oldest grandson, posted to social media that “Peacefully, with his family by his side, Forrest L. Wood of Flippin passed away on Jan. 25, 2020 in his 87th year.”