AGFC restocks Lake Poinsett

Updated: Mar. 22, 2021 at 9:16 PM CDT
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LAKE POINSETT, Ark. (KAIT) - An important part of a three-year plan to renovate Lake Poinsett happened Monday as crews restocked the lake with fish.

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission released 35,000 bluegills, 98,000 flathead minnows, and some golden shiners.

According to Brett Timmons Arkansas Game and Fish will start stocking the lake with fish on Monday March 22nd!

Posted by Friends of Lake Poinsett on Friday, March 19, 2021

AGFC biologist Brett Timmons says this will start the prey base for fishing

“It will start to bring people here to fish and bring back the livelihood that Harrisburg, the Harrisburg community have and has had for years,” said Timmons.

Officials said last year that renovations were nearly completed, with erosion near the shoreline repaired.

Over the next few months, various types of fish will be added.

Timmons says the lake is half full, and they have about another 17 feet to go, and fishing will start to come back over the next two years.

AGFC officials also said they wanted the lake to be restored within one year and were hopeful that the lake would have enough water by spring to start stocking fish.

Work has also been done to repair campsites and bridges at the state park, just outside Harrisburg.

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