ROGERS, Ark. (KFTA) — Hobbs State Park is hosting a free program featuring the Beaver Lake Fish Nursery Pond on Sunday, September 9th at 2:00 p.m.
The event will take place in the Conservation Area’s visitor center located on Highway 12 just east of the Highway 12 and War Eagle Road intersection.
District Fisheries Supervisor Jon Stein said he has prepared a presentation which discusses the operation of the hatchery.
“Fisheries are made up of fish, habitat and people. It is our job as fisheries managers to make sure that fish populations in the district are in good health and ensure that anglers have plenty of fish to catch. Biologists need to sample fish populations in lakes and rivers with various sampling techniques,” Stein said. “Based on results from sampling Beaver Lake, we determine stocking rates of various fish species in the lake.”
Twenty-one years after Beaver Dam was completed, the 30-acre Blackburn Creek Fish Nursery Pond on Beaver Lake was in place, providing fingerling species for the fishing enthusiast, according to the news release.
Blackburn Creek Pond is the first on-site rearing pond to be established in this area. Fingerling species raised here include walleye, small mouth bass, blue and channel catfish, red-ear sunfish, plus white and black crappie. Up to three-hundred thousand fingerlings of various species are released each year, according to Hobbs State Park representatives.
One of the big benefits of a fish nursery pond translates into very little fish mortality when fish are released. If fish have to be trucked to a location to be stocked, the mortality rate sometimes can be high. At the time of the actual fish release, the timely dump into the lake from the nursery pond is quick with little or no stress on the fish, representatives said.
Arkansas Game and Fish Biologists and other specialists in the field work hard to keep Beaver Lake in the forefront of fish production.
Beaver Lake gets stocked annually using the Beaver Lake Fish Nursery Pond, according to the news release.
For more information, call 479-789-5000 or click here to visit their website.