Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bream and Bass Biting At Felsenthal

(updated 6-21-2017) Sportsman’s One Stop in El Dorado (870-863-7248) said bream are still biting good, They are selling a lot of crickets. Bass are hitting topwater baits and spinnerbaits. Got a good report on crappie being caught on the lower river. No report on catfish. Heard they were going to lower Felsenthal by 1 foot, down to 64 feet starting July 5.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bream's the Word

Nearly every body of water that provdes reports for in the weekly Fishing Report, outside of the trout streams, had good to great news on bream fishing in the past several days. A lot of it has to do with the spawn, and speculation from some of the reporters was that it was delayed somewhat by all the rain and high water that came through in May, along with another full moon last Friday. Nevertheless, it's time take advantage!

Whopping Paddlefish

In case you missed this on the AGFC Facebook page last week, AGFC biologists Kyle Swallow and Kris Nault hooked this 65-pound paddlefish on the White River, below Bull Shoals Dam. This fish, along with several other warm water species, were observed while the biologists were monitoring temperatures below the dam with the floodgates open. Swallow said there was also a report of a 50-pound striped bass being caught near Gaston’s White River Resort, just a few miles downstream from the dam. Norfork Lake tailwater has also seen a heavy influx of warm water species due to prolonged floodgate releases. The AGFC encourages anglers to fish the tailwaters and harvest these warm water fish, as they can prey upon and compete with trout. Daily creel limits and length requirements for these warm water species fall under the statewide regulations and can be found in the 2017 Arkansas Fishing Guidebook.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Florida-strain bass featured on Arkansas Wildlife Television

LITTLE ROCK – When it comes to angling, few fish have gained the popularity of largemouth bass, particularly the Florida-strain largemouth bass, which has a tendency to grow faster and larger than its northern-strain cousin.

Tag along with the Arkansas Wildlife Television crew as they visit with Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery in Hot Springs, where they spawn and raise Florida-strain largemouth to stock in Arkansas lakes. The team also makes a visit to Lake Atkins, a small AGFC-owned lake that’s built a big reputation for growing monster bass.

Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSCfGIUFWmU to enjoy the show.

2017-18 Federal Duck Stamp unveiled for sale at Bass Pro Shops June 23

LITTLE ROCK – The first day of sale for the 2017-18 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, known as the Federal Duck Stamp to most Arkansas hunters, will be held June 23 at the Bass Pro Shops in Little Rock.

The artwork for the stamp was created by James Hautman, an artist from Chaska, Minnesota. His acrylic painting of Canada geese claimed Hautman’s fifth win in the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. Previous works were featured on the 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2011 stamps.

This year’s Junior Duck Stamp also will be at the unveiling. This year’s Junior Duck Stamp features a pair of majestic trumpeter swans, painted by 12-year-old Isaac Schreiber of Duffield, Virginia. The Junior Duck Stamp program began in 1989 as an extension of the Federal Duck Stamp contest, and encourages students to explore their natural world, participate in outdoor recreation activities, and learn wildlife management principles. Some 3,000 Junior Duck Stamps are sold annually for $5 each to help promote conservation education through art.

Both artists are invited to the opening day event to sign autographs during a formal presentation.

Federal Duck Stamps may be purchased at hunting license vendors, any AGFC regional office and post offices. They also may be purchased online through www.agfc.com. Hunters who purchase their Federal Duck Stamp online or at a dealer may use the confirmation number given at the time of purchase for a 45-day grace period while the actual stamp is being mailed.
Waterfowl hunters 16 and older must purchase and carry a current Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp when they pursue waterfowl. A current stamp also may be used for free admission to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee.

Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from sale of the Federal Duck Stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports the purchase of migratory bird habitat for inclusion into the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, Duck Stamps sales have generated more than $950 million to acquire and preserve nearly 6 million acres of bird and wildlife habitat.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

CWD Management Zone expands to include Van Buren County

            LITTLE ROCK – Van Buren County is the latest area to be placed under special wildlife regulations to curb the spread of chronic wasting disease, as the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission added it to the official CWD Management Zone.
            No positive cases of CWD have been found in Van Buren County, but a positive elk was collected in Searcy County last year within a few miles of the county line. Based on AGFC’s management strategy for disease containment, counties within a 10-mile radius of a positive CWD case are included in the management zone.
            “Yearling bucks are an age class of white-tailed deer that tend to travel the farthest. They can range up to 50 miles, but we based our CWD management strategy on the assumption of a 10-mile average dispersal radius,” said Jenn Ballard, veterinarian for the AGFC’s newly formed Research, Evaluation and Compliance Division. “Some may go more or less than that, but to keep it reasonable, any county that significantly overlaps one of those circles is included.”

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

AGFC’s Pepper’s Pond welcomes Super Retriever dogs

MAYFLOWER – Pepper’s Pond, on the Camp Robinson Special Use Area and owned by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, will play host to the fifth Arkansas Retriever Challenge Super Retriever Series Event Friday through Sunday, June 2-4.

The event, sponsored by the Pin Oak Hunter Retriever Dog Club, has drawn 77 top dogs from more than 15 states. Three pro teams and five amateur teams will qualify for the Super Retriever Series Crown Championship in Huntsville, Alabama.

A portion of the proceeds from the event’s registration fees will go to continuing the work and upkeep of Pepper’s Pond. Admission for the public is free.

Pepper’s Pond is a training facility for retrievers that was built by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Pin Oak HRDC in 2001. A second pond was added in 2014 after a tornado ravaged the area, according to Matt Mourot, AGFC field biologist and assistant regional supervisor over the Camp Robinson Special Use Area. The Pepper’s Pond facility is open and free to the public.

“The tornado destroyed 26 acres around there,” said Shannon Nardi, director of the SRS series. “The whole [Pin Oak] club worked on it. It’s a very nice training facility that is one of a kind in the country. In our industry, a lot of people know about it. People who are traveling through Arkansas to events will stop and train their dog there.”