With the chance of ice on the trees and the temperature hovering around the freezing mark, fishing may be the last thing on Arkansas angler's minds.
But, many clever anglers know that winter produces some of the best fishing -- and lunker-size catches of several species -- in Arkansas.
Lakes and streams aren't crowded, either.
Arkansas fishermen can find out about current conditions on lakes and rivers across the state on the Internet, and the information is free.
The fishing report of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission provides capsule reports from knowledgeable sources in all corners of Arkansas and is updated each Wednesday.
The report also features a fishing tip of the week to help anglers land that trophy fish.
Fishermen also can contact each of the report's fishing informants directly by accessing their Web sites or by phone.
Just go to www.agfc.com and click on "Fishing."
To sign up for an electronic copy sent each week to your e-mail address, just send an e-mail to email@example.com and place "Fishing Report" in the subject line.