FROM THE AGFC TODAY
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Trout Management Program will soon be revisiting the management plans for the trout fisheries on the White River below Bull Shoals Dam (Bull Shoals Tailwater) and North Fork of the White River below Norfork Dam (Norfork Tailwater). The current management plans were developed in 2007. Since that time, many management actions outlined in the plans were implemented and it is now time to determine if these strategies have worked and whether public expectations of the fisheries have changed.
As part of a continuing effort to maximize public involvement, anglers and stakeholders will be given an opportunity to provide input on the direction of management of the Bull Shoals and Norfork Tailwaters for the next five years. If you would like to be involved, you are invited to attend a public workshop on August 3rd, 2017 from 6:00-8:30 pm on the Arkansas State University Campus in Mountain Home, AR.
The workshop will be held in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center, Convention Center Rooms A & B. Between now and then, be thinking about the things you like and dislike about current trout management on the tailwaters. This can include anything about trout (sizes, numbers, current regulations), access, enforcement, education, etc. At the workshop, stakeholders will be put into working groups to provide us with this input.
A second workshop will be held on August 24th (at the same time and location), at which time AGFC will present data on the Bull Shoals and Norfork Tailwaters and provide stakeholders with a list of possible management options going forward. Stakeholders at the 2nd workshop will be provided with the opportunity to comment on those options.
Throughout the process of developing of the plan, you will be able to track progress and find information on the AGFC website. If you enjoy or are concerned about these trout fisheries, AGFC trout managers encourage you to participate and help build a comprehensive plan that will make the future of this fishery the best it can be.
Please feel free to distribute this to anyone you think might be interested. If anyone who receives this is not on my e-mail distribution list (and wants added), please let me know. We would really like to have a good turnout for these workshops and we hope to have all angler and stakeholder groups well represented.
AGFC Trout Biologist