Trout Clinic and Derby Set for Little Rock

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LITTLE ROCK—Oaklawn isn’t the only place to find a derby in The Natural State. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be hosting a special trout-fishing derby Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at MacArthur Park Pond in Little Rock.
Trout Clinic and Derby Set for Little Rock

Trout Clinic and Derby Set for Little Rock

The AGFC’s Family and Community Fishing Program will stock hundreds of rainbow trout in MacArthur Park before the event to make sure young anglers have plenty of opportunities to catch a fish. Derby participants should bring their own bait and tackle. Door prizes and gifts will be given away during the derby to keep things lively. The derby will begin at 9 a.m. and last until noon.

A special trout-fishing clinic also will be held from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center to help new anglers learn new tricks to catch trout.
Clint Coleman, assistant coordinator for the Family and Community Fishing Program, says catching trout requires different equipment than the catfish the AGFC stocks during warmer months.
“The big hooks and large baits you use for catfish are overkill for trout,” Coleman said. “We want everyone at the derby to be successful, so we’re giving this clinic to give them all the tools they need to load up a stringer.”
Call 501-907-0636 to register for the clinic. Registration is not required for the derby.
Visit www.agfc.com/familyfishing for stocking sites and more information on the AGFC’s Family and Community Fishing Program.