Thousands of rainbow trout have been stocked around the state in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program locations. Among these fish are over 200 specially tagged fish that not only offer a good meal, but a prize as well.
Over 20 locations around the state will each be receiving 10 tagged trout. These include all of the locations listed on Page 13 of the 2013 Arkansas Fishing Guidebook that are marked under the trout column plus a new location at Lake Bentonville. These fluorescent pink tags have “Community Fishing” printed on one side and “1-866-540-3474” on the other side. This is the stocking hotline which anyone catching a tagged fish should call for more information.
If you catch a tagged trout, call the number on the tag and follow the instructions. Mail in the tag and the AGFC will mail you a prize. All of the lucky anglers also will be entered into a drawing to win one of three grand prizes, courtesy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation.
The Grand Prize is $100 worth of fishing attire, a $150 fly rod and gear, tackle box and gear, along with hand warmers and assorted accessories. Second place includes a $100 fly rod and gear, a tackle box and gear along with hand warmers and assorted accessories. The third place prize includes $75 fly rod and gear, tackle box and gear, and hand warmers and assorted accessories.
The three grand prizes will be awarded on Feb. 13, 2014 at the end of the 6 p.m. newscast during KTHV Channel 11’s Weekend Outdoor Report.
Only one entry is allowed per person. All tags must be returned to the AGFC by Feb. 12, 2014 to be eligible. For more information or to find a location near you, visit agfc.com or call the stocking hotline at 866-540-3474.
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