By Ronnie Weston| February 7, 2014 at 12:55 PM CST - Updated July 9 at 8:35 PM
LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Arkansas is well known for productive tailwater trout fisheries such as the White, Little Red and North Fork rivers. But a day on the water at one of those fisheries entails a little planning and a lot of driving for many Arkansans.
Thanks to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Family and Community Fishing Program, great trout fishing may be closer than you think.
For the past decade, the AGFC's Family and Community Fishing Program has been stocking rainbow trout in small community fishing ponds in many parts of the state. Between November and February, when temperatures are cold enough to support trout, the AGFC stocks 22 locations with trout from the AGFC's Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery near Mammoth Spring. Each winter, AGFC employees stock roughly 75,000 rainbow trout, opening the world of trout fishing to residents of the state's larger population centers.
To learn more about this program and the behind-the-scenes work that makes it possible, click here http://youtu.be/4w46vZB2FuI.