Frank Sargeant at the Fishing Wire reported this week that the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Trout Management Program came forward at the Commission's Oct. 13 meeting with a list of proposed trout-fishing regulations concerning the Little River tailwaters below Greers Ferry Dam. A public survey has been placed online to gather comments before the regulations are presented for approval during the Commission's next regular meeting, Nov. 17.
Earlier this year, the Trout Management Program held a series of public meetings to revisit and revise the Greers Ferry Tailwater Management Plan. The plan calls for a regular review period including public involvement to ensure that the fishery is being managed with the expectations of the angling public in mind.
The following regulations changes are being presented for public comment:
• Replace 16- to 24-inch protected slot limit for all trout species on Greers Ferry Tailwater with a five fish per day limit where only one may be over 16 inches.
• Enact a no-culling rule for all trout species on Greers Ferry Tailwater.
• Allow mobility-impaired anglers to fish downstream of wooden vehicle bridge in JFK Park.
• Convert the JFK and Mossy Special Regulations Areas into year-round catch-and-release areas.
• Convert the Cow Shoals Seasonal Catch-and-Release Area into a year-round catch-and-release area.
• Clarify the sunset/sunrise times for Cow Shoals Catch-and-Release Area.
Southern Trout Magazine is solidly behind these progressive changes in regulations. A trout is valuable that is best utilized and enjoyed when caught and released many times by many anglers.
An explanation of each regulation is available on the public comment survey available at http://survey.agfc.com/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=541286&lang=en. The survey will be available until Nov. 12.