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Catch a rainbow at Little Rock trout fishing clinic and derby

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a special trout-fishing derby and clinic in Little Rock next week for through its Family and Community Fishing Program.

One thousand rainbow trout from the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery will be stocked at MacArthur Park Pond in Little Rock and the FCFP will hold a special fishing derby for all ages from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 26.

A special trout-fishing clinic also will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center to help new anglers learn how to catch trout before the derby takes place.

“We stock trout all over the state during winter, but some people think you have to have some special knowledge or equipment to catch trout; nothing could be further from the truth,” said Maurice Jackson, FCFP coordinator. “Sure there are people who want to use hand-tied flies and fly-fishing equipment, but fishing for trout can be as simple as a cane pole and bobber. For most of us just looking at having a good time and catching some fish to eat, trout are a great fish to target.”

Youths do not need a license or trout stamp to fish in Arkansas, and the derby is free. Anglers 16 and older are welcome to fish as well, but they must have a valid AGFC fishing license and trout stamp, available to purchase at www.agfc.com. Anglers must bring their own bait and tackle, and chairs or coolers to sit on are strongly encouraged.

Call 501-907-0636 to register for the clinic. Registration is not required for the derby.