Giant Blue Catfish Stocked In Park Ponds Throughout Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK – Anglers looking for a relaxing trip to their local Family and Community Fishing Program location may just find the catch of a lifetime waiting for them, thanks to a generous donation from a landowner in southeast Arkansas.

Baxter Land Company Fish Farm in Arkansas City donated more than 12,000 pounds of catfish, weighing 10 to 40 pounds each, to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to give people some added incentive to keep their lines wet this summer. The fish are all blue catfish, raised as brood stock for commercial catfish production.

“We’ve been able to get more than 600 of these fish,” said Clint Coleman, FCFP assistant coordinator. “So we’ll be putting anywhere from 10 to 20 fish in our 36 locations in the state.”

If the chance to catch a bruiser isn’t enough to get you to the water, FCFP biologists worked with local businesses near each location to offer special rewards for some of these fish.    MORE

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