Fifty of the best bass anglers in the world will converge on Hot Springs, Aug. 20-23, to participate in the Forrest Wood Cup, the championship event for the FLW bass fishing tour. Aside from local amenities for fans and anglers to enjoy, Hot Springs has a lot to offer in the way of its fisheries.
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See how the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission produces more than 1 million trout per year for stocking into state waterways at the AGFC’s Jim Hinkle Spring River Fish Hatchery at Mammoth Spring.
On the YouTube channel, you’ll also find everything from interviews with first time deer hunters, to tailwater trout fishing, to elk viewing in the Boxley Valley, to Mississippi River catfishing as well as the agency’s 100th anniversary tribute “A Century of Conservation.”
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Posted in Fishing, tagged adult, Arkansas, bass, bream, catfish, Commission, derby, fish, fishing, free, Game, go, kids, lake, pond, river, to, tournament, trout, weekend, where, youth on June 8, 2015 |
If you’ve ever wanted to wet a line but didn’t want to spend the money for a fishing license, this weekend is your time to give it a try. By special proclamation of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, anyone, resident or nonresident, may fish without a license or trout stamp from noon, Friday, June 12, to midnight, Sunday, June 14, 2015.
Chris Racey, chief of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Fisheries Division, said, “It’s an excellent opportunity for friends and family to get together and enjoy the great sport of fishing.”
All other fishing regulations, including daily limits, remain in effect during Free Fishing Weekend. Visit agfc.com for a free download of the 2015 Arkansas Fishing Guidebook
In addition to the license waiver, each AGFC hatchery has reserved special locations for free kids’ fishing derbies from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13. Children 12 and younger may bring their own tackle and bait to their local hatchery to catch and keep up to three fish per child.
“We host kids’ fishing derbies at all five of our state fish hatcheries each year to provide an opportunity for children to catch fish in a fun and safe environment,” Racey said. “We hope many children will catch their first fish at one of our hatchery derbies and go on to become lifelong anglers.”
The AGFC Family and Community Fishing Program has released hundreds of tagged catfish in program ponds across the state. Each person who catches a tagged fish will receive a prize package and be eligible for a grand prize drawing in July. This year’s grand prize, donated by Pure Fishing and Shakespeare, is a fishing prize package valued at over $500. Mail your tag, along with a piece of paper including your name, address, telephone number, where and when the fish was caught, to:
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Family and Community Fishing Program
2 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
Tag returns must be postmarked by July 2, 2015. Only one entry is allowed per person. Visit http://www.agfc.com or call 866-540-FISH (3474) for more information on stocking locations.
Posted in Fishing, tagged angling, Arkansas, Army, barge, bass, Commission, coordinates, corps, cover, crappie, Engineers, fish, fishing, Game, GPS, habitat, interactive, map, structure, walleye on February 5, 2015 |
The AGFC worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a small habitat project on Greers Ferry Lake over winter. An expansion at Eden Isle’s parking area left many large stumps and rood wads to be discarded. Instead of burning or grinding them, the Corps loaded the wads on the AGFC Habitat Barge to be placed in the lake for fish attractors and cover. The GPS coordinates to these stumps, as well as all AGFC fish attractors, are available on the AGFC Interactive Map. Click http://gis.agfc.com/ to see more.
Cover is a key component to any hot angling prospect. Unfortunately, as lakes and rivers age, the woody cover once left under the water decays and washes away. Smart anglers know that a little work in the winter “freshening up ” their favorite honey hole can pay huge dividends throughout the year, but finding and cutting down the trees can be a bit of a chore.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has special “Christmas Tree Donation Centers” where people can drop off their tree. Instead of going to a landfill, these trees can be used by local anglers to add some cover to their favorite fishing holes. All you need is some rope and a weight to sink the tree and you have a nice mat of cover that will last for a year or two in your favorite fishing location.
Trees can be dropped off or picked up to be used at the following locations:
- Lake Hamilton – Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery Access Area.
- Cox Creek Lake – Cox Creek Lake Access Area.
- Lake Chicot – Connerly Bayou Access Area.
- Camden – AGFC Regional Office on Ben Lane.
- Upper White Oak Lake – Upper Jack’s Landing.
- Magnolia – Columbia County Road Department Yard on Highway 371.
- El Dorado – City recycling center drop-offs: one behind Arby’s and one on South Jackson.
- Smackover – Recycling Drop-Off Center (these will be transported to El Dorado).
- Millwood Lake – Cottonshed, White Cliffs Recreation Areas and the Millwood State Park ramp on the point.
- Dierks Lake – Jefferson Ridge South Recreation Area.
- DeQueen Lake – Any U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp.
- Gillham Lake – Any U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp.
- Lake Greeson – New Cowhide Cove and Self Creek Recreation Areas.
- Arkansas River – Alltel Access beneath the I-30 Bridge.
- Lake Pickthorne – Near the boat ramp.
- Greers Ferry Lake – Sandy Beach (Heber Springs), Devils Fork Recreation Area and Choctaw Recreation Area (Choctaw-Clinton).
- Lake Conway – Lawrence Landing Access.
- Harris Brake Lake – Chittman Hill Access.
- Lake Overcup – Lake Overcup Landing.
- Lake Barnett – Reed Access.
- Jonesboro – Craighead Forest Park Lake boat ramp.
- Lake Elmdale – Boat Ramp Access.
- Bob Kidd Lake – Boat Ramp Access.
- Crystal Lake – Boat Ramp Access.
- Lake Willastein – Maumelle near the boat ramp access.
- Bois d’Arc Lake – Kidd’s Landing or Hatfield Access.
- Grandview Lake #1 – Grandview Lake #1 Access.
- Grandview Lake #2 – Grandview Lake #2 Access.
- Lake Dunn – Boat Ramp Access.
Posted in Fishing, Watchable Wildlife, tagged Arkansas, Commission, eleven, endangered, fish, Game, hellbender, herpetology, ozark, point, protect, restore, river, salamander, service, slimy, species, wildlife on October 29, 2014 |
It won’t win any beauty contests, but the endangered Ozark Hellbender is a critical component of Arkansas’s free-flowing streams. Arkansas Game and Fish Commisison biologists are working throughout the year in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners to protect this Arkansas original.