A March 1 workshop allowed concerned anglers and other stakeholders to provide direction for management of the trout fishery over the next five years, according to Jeff Williams, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission trout management supervisor.
"Workshop attendees were asked to identify their major issues or concerns with the Beaver Tailwater trout fishery," Williams said. "They were then asked to provide advice or suggestions to AGFC personnel on how best to address the major issues."
A summary of the input provided at the first public workshop can be viewed at http://www.agfc.com/fishing/Pages/FishingProgramsTPWhere.aspx#Related Documents
The current management plan for the White River below Beaver Dam was developed about five years ago.
"Since that time, management actions outlined in the plan were implemented," Williams said. "It is now time to determine if these strategies have worked and whether public expectations of the fishery have changed."
Key to developing realistic and effective strategies is the analysis and incorporation of the large amount of data available – from creel surveys, annual population samples, and a growth and mortality study.
Williams said that the Trout Management Program had planned on having the data analyzed and available to the public prior to a second workshop planned for mid-April.
"This analysis has taken longer than anticipated, but should be available in a comprehensive summary in the coming weeks. As a result, the second public workshop has been postponed until May 17. The second workshop will be an opportunity to comment on draft strategies."