Fishing Derbies Announced Throughout Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries staff predicts another good year of trout fishing at Lake Taneycomo in southwest Missouri. (MDC photo)

 

 

Press Release

 

 

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The U.S. Forest Service, along with State and local partners are sponsoring free fishing derbies throughout the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.

The following is a list of scheduled fishing derbies along with the date, times and other information:

 

Ouachita National Forest

 

Caddo/Womble Ranger District, Mt. Ida, Arkansas

 

Location:                                              Womble Pond

Date of Derby:                                  June 4

Time Registration Starts:               8 a.m.

Time Fishing Starts:                         8:30 a.m.

Time Fishing Ends:                           11 a.m.

Age Group:                                         Ages 12 and under

Contact Phone Number:               870-867-2101

Other Information:                         Prizes will be awarded

Partners:                                             Arkansas Game and Fish, Magic Bait

 

Jessieville-Winona-Fourche District, Jessieville, Arkansas

 

Location:                                              Jessieville Work Center Pond

Date of Derby:                                  Sat, June 11

Time Registration Starts:               6:30 a.m.

Time Fishing Starts:                         7 a.m.

Time Event Ends:                             10:30 a.m.

Age Group:                                         15 and under

Restroom Availability:                    Yes

Handicap Access:                             Yes

Drinking Water Available:             Yes

Contact Persons:                              Mary Mentz

Contact Phone Number:               (479) 272-4401

Partners:                                             Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Hot Springs Village Anglers Club, Ouachita Bass Anglers, Magic Baits, and U.S. Forest Service

Other Information:                         The pond has a handicapped accessible pier.

 

 

Mena/Oden Ranger District, Mena, Arkansas

 

Location:                                              Rifle Range Pond

Date of Derby                                    Sat, June 11

Time Registration Starts:               7 a.m.

Time Fishing Starts:                         8 a.m.

Time Fishing Ends:                           10:30 a.m.

Age Group:                                         2 – 12 years-old

Contact Phone Number:               479-394-2382

Other Information:                         Prizes to be awarded.

Partners:                                              Arkansas Game and Fish, Magic Bait, Oden Wood and Water Club, U.S. Forest Service

 

Oklahoma Ranger District, Talihina, Oklahoma

 

Location:                                              Talihina Veterans Center Pond

Date of Derby:                                  Sat., June 4

Time Registration Starts:               7 a.m.

Time Fishing Starts:                         8 a.m.

Time Fishing Ends:                           12 p.m.

Age Group:                                         3 – 16

Restroom Availability:                    Yes

Handicap Access:                             Yes

Drinking Water Available:             Yes

Contact Phone Number:               918-653-2991 ext.115

Partners:                                             Talihina Lion’s Club, Magic Baits, and U.S. Forest Service

 

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests

 

Big Piney Ranger District

 

Location:                                              Deer Pond, Deer, AR

Date of Derby:                                  Sat, June 11

Time Registration Starts:               8:30 a.m.

Time Fishing Starts:                         9 a.m.

Time Event Ends:                             12 p.m.

Age Group:                                         12 and under

Restroom Availability:                    Yes (portable toilets)

Contact Persons:                              Sarah Davis

Contact Phone Number:               870-446-5122

Partners:                                             Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Other Information:                         All hooks out of the water at 11 a.m.  Participation awards and contest prizes will be presented at 11 a.m.

 

Big Piney Ranger District

 

Location:                                              Little Buffalo (Bradley Park), Jasper, AR

Date of Derby:                                  Sat, June 25

Time Registration:                           Starts: 8:30 a.m.

Time Fishing:                                      Starts: 9 a.m.

Time Event Ends:                             11 a.m.

Age Group:                                         12 and under

Restroom Availability:                    Yes

Contact Persons:                              Kirby Carlton

Contact Phone Number:               870-446-5122

Partners:                                             Newton County Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and local businesses

Other Information:                         All hooks out of the water at 11 a.m. Participants that catch the biggest fish and heaviest stringer will win prizes. Winners will be announced 12 p.m.

 

Mt. Magazine Ranger District, Paris, Arkansas

 

Location:                                              Cove Lake, Campground Loop A.

Date of Derby:                                  June 11

Time Registration Starts:               Participants must be pre-registered.

Time Fishing Starts:                         8:30 a.m.

Time Fishing Ends:                           10 a.m.

Age Group:                                         2 to 9

Restroom Availability:                    Yes (at the campground)

Drinking Water Available:             Yes

Contact Person(s):                          Mindi Lawson or Carla Pfeiffer

Contact Phone Number:               479-963-3076

Partners:                                             Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, National Wild Turkey Federation, Paris Rotary Club

Other Information:                         All hooks out of the water at 10 a.m.  There is a 2 fish limit.  Awards will be presented for the heaviest 2 fish (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age class: 2 – 5, 6 – 9) and for the smallest fish and for Albino or tagged fish.  There will be numerous random prizes.

 

Pleasant Hill Ranger District, Clarksville, Arkansas

 

Location:                                              Gillian Pond

Date of Derby:                                  Sat, June 11

Time Registration Starts:               8 a.m.

Time Fishing Starts:                         9 a.m.

Time Fishing Ends:                           11 a.m.

Age Group:                                         12 and under

Restroom Availability:                    Yes (portable toilets)

Drinking Water Available:             Yes

Contact Person(s):                          Greg Taylor or Pat Kowalewycz

Contact Phone Number:               479-754-2864

Partners:                                             Clarksville Kiwanis Club, Clarksville Wal-Mart, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, U.S. Forest Service

Other Information:                         All hooks out of the water by 11 a.m.  Awards will be presented for the heaviest fish, smallest fish, heaviest stringer and for casting contest winners.  In addition, there will be random prize drawings during the event.

 

St. Francis National Forest, Marianna, Arkansas

 

Location:                                              Storm Creek Lake (Phillips County)

Date of Derby:                                  Sat, June 11

Time Registration Starts:               7 a.m.

Time Fishing Starts:                         8 a.m.

Time Fishing Ends:                           11 a.m.

Age Group:                                         Tadpoles 3-5 and children 6 – 12 (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Restroom Availability:                    Yes

Handicap Access:                             Yes

Drinking Water Available:             Yes

Contact Person:                                Terri Vanderford

Contact Phone Number:               870-295-5278

Partners:                                             U.S. Forest Service, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Farm Bureau, Philips County Chambers of Commerce

Other Information:                         Prizes for girls 6 – 12 years old and boys 6 – 12 years old

 

St. Francis National Forest, Marianna, Arkansas

 

Location:                                              Ranger District Pond

Date of Derby:                                  Sat, June 11

Time Registration Starts:               7:30 a.m.

Time Fishing Starts:                         8 a.m.

Time Fishing Ends:                           10 a.m.

Age Group:                                         Tadpoles 3-5 years, 6-9 and 10-12 (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Restroom Availability:                    Yes (port-a-potty)

Handicap Access:                             Yes

Drinking Water Available:             Yes

Contact Person:                                Kristina Root Carranza or Terri Vanderford

Contact Phone Number:               Kristina Root at 870-295-4040 or Vanderford at 870-295-5278

Partners:                                             U. S. Forest Service, Mississippi River State Park, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Lee County Conservation District, Marianna/ Lee County Chamber of Commerce

Other Information:                         First 15 children registered in 3-5 age group will receive prizes, first 85 children registered in the 6-12 age groups will receive prizes. Trophies will be given in the 6-9 and 10-12 age groups for the first fish caught, smallest fish, heaviest fish, and greatest total weight. In the case of a tie, a coin will be tossed.

 

Sylamore Ranger District, Mountain View, Arkansas

 

Location:                                              Mirror Lake, Blanchard Springs Recreation Area

Date of Derby:                                  Sat, June 11

Time Registration Starts:               8 a.m.

Time Fishing Starts:                         9 a.m.

Time Fishing Ends:                           11 a.m.

Age Group:                                         4 – 12 (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

Restroom Availability:                    Yes (recreation site)

Handicap Access:                             Yes

Drinking Water Available:             No

Contact Person:                                Kevin Goodwin

Contact Phone Number:               870-269-3228 ext. 3237

Partners:                                             Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, AMVETS #7, VFW #4766, American Legion #43, U.S. Forest Service

Other Information:                         Weigh-ins will done throughout the derby.  Trophies will be given for largest fish in three age categories: 4-6 years old, 7-9 years old, and 10-12.  There will be a general raffle for prizes for other registered participants. There is a three trout limit.  Participants should be old enough to hold the pole themselves and are limited to one pole each.  Trout bait will be provided.

 

 

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