Watershed group asks for public opinion


Watershed plan input required

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership will host a free public session today from 2 pm to 4:30 pm to update the Illinois River Watershed Management Plan. The session takes place in the Cherokee Casino Conference Room in West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma.

Participants will have the opportunity to help develop and prioritize methods to improve water quality in urban and rural areas of the watershed. Registration is not required.

See birds at Frog Bayou

The Audubon Society of Northwest Arkansas will host a tour on Saturday at the Frog Bayou Wildlife Management Area near Alma. Meet at 16:00 at McDonalds in Alma for car sharing.

Among the birds you can see sedge wrens, northern harriers and long-eared owls. The trip will visit various areas of the tract and will end immediately after sunset around 17:40.

All who are interested in birds are welcome. Audubon membership is not required. For details, please contact Taylor Long, [email protected] or call (479) 530-9084.

Elmdale improved for fishing

New fish habitat has been placed in Elmdale Lake, available to anglers fishing from the shore. The trees that damaged the parking lot were cut down and flooded into the lake.

Cedar and oak grow about 50 yards east of the parking lot. They should provide good crappie fishing this spring, said John Stein, head of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s fisheries division.

Racing tests

Registration is open for the second annual Noon2Moon Endurance Mountain Bike Race on May 6th at the Coler Mountain Bike Preserve in Bentonville.

Riders can sign up for 6- or 12-hour team or single races that take place in the reserve. The 12 hour race starts at 8 am and the 6 hour race starts at noon. A new corporate challenge has been added in which business teammates compete against other local companies.

Visit for information and registration.

Gathering attracts outdoor leaders

The Wilderness Education Association will host the 34th International Outdoor Leadership Conference in Bentonville from February 8-11, 2023.

The event is open to outdoor enthusiasts and outdoor professionals across the country, as well as association members and people interested in association certification.

Conference officials are determined to equip outdoor leaders not only with knowledge of the pressing issues of outdoor education, but with paths to action.

Visit to learn more about the conference.

Scholarship helps women in fishing

Applications for the 2023 Noreen Clough Memorial Scholarship for Fisheries Women will be accepted until April 15th. Two scholarships will be awarded to graduate students who have demonstrated commitment to a career in fisheries management and conservation.

This is the seventh year that the American Fisheries Society Black Bass Conservation Committee and Bassmaster are awarding scholarships.

Information on scholarship requirements and evaluation criteria can be found at or by contacting Bassmaster National Conservation Service Director Gene Gilliland at [email protected] for details.

Catch rainbow trout

Each year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission harvests rainbow trout from small Arkansas city lakes for winter fishing. Stocked lakes in the region include Atalanta Lake in Rogers, Bentonville Lake, Springdale Lake, Murphy Park Lake in Springdale, Torrein Lake and Wells Lake in Fort Smith, and Van Buren Municipal Pond. Trout are stocked from mid-November to February.

Daily limit if five trout. Anglers 16 years of age or older must have an Arkansas fishing license and a trout fishing permit.

For the latest stock information, contact Game and Fish at (866) 540-3474.

Get Cash With Striper Tags

A tagged striped bass was released in Beaver Lake as part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission striped bass survey. Anglers who catch a tagged minke whale can exchange the tag for a $100 reward.

Cut off the tag next to the fish. Don’t pull it out of the fish. Call (479) 295-3765 and provide the tag number, whether the fish was caught or released, the date the fish was caught, the length of the fish, and where it was caught in the lake. Tags can be mailed or returned to the Game and Fish Fisheries Northwest Arkansas, 2805 W. Oak St., Rogers, Ark. 72758.

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