Keep an eye out for special bins placed along the Little Red River at boat ramps, access points and popular boat docks this year. The Little Red River Foundation and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have kicked off a program to capture and recycle used fishing line on and around the river. Local students, LRRF members and AGFC officials will place recapture bins at all approved sites in the next few weeks. Members of the LRRF will gather the used fishing line on a regular basis and send it to monofilament line manufacturer Berkeley for recycling.
"The used line recapture and recycle project is our newly formed Foundation's first public effort to protect and preserve the river. We are excited to work with the AGFC and Corps of Engineers on it," said Foundation Chair Allen Gordon. "Keeping fish, birds and other wildlife from getting entangled in discarded line is one of a number of initiatives the LRRF will take on."
The Norfork Fish Hatchery is making an urgent request: the hatchery could use assistance with helping kids learn to fish on Thursday, April 21st, 2016, and again on Thursday, May 5th, 2016. Kids will be arriving on-site each day shortly before 9 AM and will be doing educational activities and fishing on Dry Run Creek until shortly before 2 PM both days. The hatchery recently purchased 10 complete fly-fishing rods and tackle specifically to use with these programs. We mostly need assistance with the actual fishing (although having a few extra rods and reels on hand just in case would be helpful). They are providing lunch to all volunteers who assist on those days as well.
If you know of anyone who has not already committed to working one of those events and is interested in helping with a fun event, please pass this information along and send Katy Smith an email (email@example.com) with names of interested volunteers. Thank you so much for all your support of the Norfork Fish Hatchery and our outreach programs. Katy can also be reached at P: 870-499-5255 if you have any questions.