HEBER SPRINGS – Earlier this week the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Trout Management Program hosted a public workshop to receive public comments and feedback on the newly developed draft of its plan to manage the Greers Ferry Tailwater.
The current management plan for the 30-mile long trout fishery on the Little Red River below Greers Ferry Dam was developed in 2006. Biologists now want to determine if those strategies have worked and whether public expectations of the fishery have changed.
On June 7, 2016, a public workshop enabled anglers and other stakeholders to provide input on the direction of management of Greers Ferry Tailwater. Attendees of the workshop were asked to identify their major issues or concerns with the trout fishery. Thanks to input received at the workshop, AGFC personnel have developed a draft of goals and strategies that will serve as a guideline for management of the trout fishery for the next 5 years. Key to developing realistic and effective strategies was the analysis and incorporation of the large amount of data and angler comments from an ongoing Greers Ferry Tailwater creel survey, annual population samples, a growth and mortality study, and a phone survey.
A summary of the input provided at the first public workshop and a draft of the future management plan can be viewed at an Arkansas Game and Fish web page. Click HERE to view. This second public workshop is intended to allow workshop attendees an opportunity to comment on issues and concerns they have with specific draft plan goals, objectives, and strategies. Anglers who were unable to attend the second workshop may submit their comments via email to Kyle Swallow at Kyle.Swallow@agfc.ar.gov, or Christy Graham atChristy.Graham@agfc.ar.gov.