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Parker Bend Trout Stocking Chute Fixed

leah kirk

The Fishing Wire reports Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has repaired and cleaned the stocking chute at Parker Bend access on the Beaver Tailwater. This effort will re-establish this important stocking site on one of Arkansas's popular trout fisheries.
Extremely high water in 2015 caused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open the floodgates at Beaver Lake five times. The force from the high flow during these releases dislodged tons of gravel, which destroyed the parking area and undercut sidewalks at accesses.
Christy Graham, an AGFC trout biologist, said, "Parker Bend doesn't have a boat ramp that hatchery trucks can back down and they can't back down on the gravel without getting stuck. The stocking chute is essentially a long pipe that runs from the river channel to a parking area that hatchery trucks can connect to and release their fish all the way to the water."
According to Graham, the same number of trout were stocked in the Beaver Tailwater, but trout normally destined for Parker Bend were diverted to one of four other sites: Bertrand, Houseman, Highway 62 Bridge and Dam accesses.