LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) –
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Family and Community Fishing
Program is continuing their efforts to get families involved in fishing
with a tagged catfish campaign. Thousands of channel catfish from the
AGFC's warm-water hatchery facilities are currently being stocked at
several locations around the state.
Arkansas's Family and Community Fishing Program catfish stocking
locations have 10 catfish tagged with special Family and Community tags.
Anyone that catches a tagged fish will receive prizes. Winners also
will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a canoe, two life jackets
and paddles. Second prize will be a catfish rod and reel, tackle box
loaded with catfishing gear and an assortment of fishing tools. Third
prize will be a tackle box with fishing gear and fishing tools.
Community Fisheries Program Coordinator Ben Batten said a similar effort
was first organized during spring break of 2012 and was a huge success.
"This is the third year for this promotion, and it keeps getting
bigger and better every year. The chance at a canoe certainly takes it
up a notch," he noted.
A new canoe
will significantly enhance angling opportunities at many of the small to
medium-sized lakes, which are rather prevalent near several cities.
catching a tagged fish from Family and Community locations should send
the tags to the AGFC Family and Community Fishing Program, 2 Natural
Resources Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205. Include your name, address, phone
number, location and date of catch. Only one entry per person. Tag
returns must be postmarked by July 3, 2014. Incomplete or illegible
information will not be accepted. For more information on the Family and
Community Fishing Program, go to www.agfc.com/familyfishing.