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Public Comment on Greers Ferry Tailwater Management

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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.

Cherokee Classic 2016

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    The 2nd Annual Casting for Hope Cherokee Classic held in June was a big success.  The Cherokee Tribe’s fish and wildlife division graciously donated $6,000 to Casting for Hope as the prize money for the top three teams in the field of 16 two-person squads.  It was an outstanding day of being on the water fishing for a cause.  The top prize winners were Patrick Clark and Ricky Ozmar, taking home $3,000; Scott Enloe and Cherokee’s own Michael Bradley, taking home $2,000; and Casting for Hope’s co-founders John Zimmerman and Taylor Sharp taking a 3rd place, donating their $1,000 in prize money back to the Casting for Hope programming funds. 

                John and Taylor started Casting for Hope back in 2011 after they fished together in a one-day competition on the Davidson River, hosted by Davidson River Outfitters to support Casting for Recovery.  Blending their skill sets of seeing potential and starting new programs. Their first Casting for Hope tournament was November 2011.  One of the favorite parts of the Cherokee Classic this year was the new faces in the lineup. The father-son team of the Garretts used the tournament as their Father’s Day weekend centerpiece and Mike Kinner who “had the time of his life” and is already eager for the next Casting for Hope competition.

Tennessee Has New State Record Rainbow Trout

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Tennessee has a new state record rainbow trout caught by 15-year-old Benton resident John Morgan in Polk County on Friday, June 17.  The fish weighed 18 pounds and 8 ounces, measuring 32 inches long and 22 and one-fourth inches in girth. The catch surpasses the previous record for a rainbow trout in Tennessee of 16 pounds, 15 ounces which was set in 2002 by Ronnie Rowland at Ft. Patrick Henry Reservoir. Morgan caught the record fish in a farm pond owned by his grandfather's friend. He had agreed to help remove a snapping turtle from the pond and was invited to bring a fishing pole along. Morgan didn’t know that this favor would lead to a new state record. After 45 minutes, Morgan had fished a little, caught the turtle and decided to fish for another 10 minutes before leaving. He cast again and after a 20 minute struggle, he had the fish on shore. A sophomore at Polk County High School, Morgan fishes several days a week, mostly in the Hiwassee River. “I just love being outside, hunting and fishing,” said Morgan. Morgan has already dropped the fish off at a taxidermist!

 

Virginia Does It Right For Dad’s Day

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The Fishing Wire reports that just in time for Father’s Day Weekend, a special event is planned for Big Tumbling Creek located at the Clinch Mountain Fee Fishing Area for June 13, 15, 17, & 18. A special brook trout stocking to include more than 500 trophy sized trout stocked throughout the week, will test the skills of anglers of all ages. Two barrier-free trails are now open for limited mobility anglers. A daily permit ($8) is required of anglers; however, children 12 and under may fish without a permit as long as they are accompanied by a permitted adult and their combined creel does not exceed that of the adult (6 trout). Additional information may be found by contacting the DGIF Marion Regional Office (276-783-486