(AGFC) – In response to public comment, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
has been removing fish from Lower White Oak Lake. The fish were
relocated to Upper White Oak Lake, Bragg Lake and state fish hatcheries
for restocking Lower White Oak Lake. The removal of the fish is part of
AGFC's plan to repair the water control structure and restock the
popular south Arkansas fishing destination.
AGFC biologists were out in force last week electrofishing and netting
fish from Lower White Oak Lake as the lake is drained. Beginning in May
2011, the lower gate on the lake's water control structure began
leaking. By early April, the lake will be lowered to the point that it
will have to be closed due to its low water level. By August 2012,
repairs on the water control structure will begin. Repairs will include
replacing gates, gate guides, stems, stem guides and screens with
stainless steel components.
Gates on the lake will be closed in January 2013 and the lake will be
allowed to fill naturally. Habitat structures will then be constructed
and placed in and around the lake. Exposed stumps also will be removed
from the boat lanes while the water is down.
Re-stocking of the lake will begin in April 2013 with shad, fingerling
bluegill, fingerling redear sunfish, adult fathead minnows, fingerling
channel catfish and catchable channel catfish. The following June,
Florida largemouth bass will be stocked in the lake. Fingerling black
crappie will be stocked in in the fall. Shallow areas of the lake will
be planted to attract wintering waterfowl.
The schedule calls for the lake to be re-opened in January 2014 for catch-and-release fishing.
For additional information on the repairs, contact the AGFC Camden Regional fisheries staff at 870-836-4612.