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Free fishing weekend set for June 7

Thursday, June 6, 2002

The Spring River State Fish Hatchery in Mammoth Spring will take part in National Fishing Week by hosting a free fishing weekend on June 7-9.Along with the free fishing weekend, the hatchery will also hold a fishing derby for children ages 12 and under on June 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other derby locations include the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff farm pond in Lonoke."There should be no shortage of fishing opportunities for area children as the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will also be conducting a fishing derby for children at the Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery in Lonoke that day," says Denise Symens, UAPB research associate and fishing derby coordinator. "The same rules apply to both."For all derby locations children should be accompanied by an adult and bring their own tackle, bait, ice and ice chest to keep their fish fresh. Only one rod or pole per child is allowed, and there is a limit of three fish per child.UAPB Cooperative Extension Program specialists offer these tips. Earthworms, chicken livers, crawdads and catfish stink bait make good bait; fishing lines should be at least 10 pound test or stronger and treble hooks work well for chicken livers and stink bait."It's all a part of the AGFC's National Fishing Week activities," says Symens.Also a part of National Fishing Week is Free Fishing Weekend. Everyone, including out of state visitors, can fish free, even at the five state fish hatcheries, from noon on June 7 until midnight on June 9. Hatcheries and their locations are as follows:Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery, Centerton 877-795-2470Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery, Hot Springs 877- 525-8606William Donham State Fish Hatchery, Corning 877- 857-3876Spring River State Fish Hatchery, Mammoth Spring 877- 625-7521Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery, Lonoke 877- 676-6963"No fishing licenses or trout permits will be required, but all other fishing rules and regulations will be enforced," says Symens. The Lonoke pond is located on the UAPB Lonoke farm behind the UAPB Farmstead Museum on O'Cain Road, off Highway 31 N. O'Cain Road is 3.5 miles from 1-40, Lonoke Exit 175. When on O'Cain Road, from Highway 31 N, the Farmstead Museum will be on the right.

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