LITTLE ROCK – It’s often been noted by his fellow commissioners and the staff of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission how much levity Ford Overton has interjected into their meetings the last seven years. He lives a mantra that, in turn, he urged his other commissioners and AGFC personnel to adopt when he passed on the gavel as chairman at the June monthly Commission meeting last week: “Everybody works so hard. Y’all need to keep this fun. You need to have fun.”
LITTLE ROCK – More than 4,000 children and adults attended the free fishing derbies held at the five Arkansas Game and Fish Commission state fish hatcheries during Free Fishing Weekend, but the fun is just starting.
Bill Wilky and his son, Leonard, had a big day fishing on Greers Ferry Lake recently. Photo provided by Tommy Cauley.
Paden Flippin caught and released a 36.7-pound brown trout June 5, his his 24th birthday, while fishing with friends. Paden guides for Cotter Trout Dock in Cotter, but he had the day off to catch this whopper, which he and his friends had been tracking for more than a year.
John Raemaker of Nashville, Tenn., proudly displays a largemouth bass he caught recently with guide Mike Siefert on Millwood Lake in southwest Arkansas.
HOT SPRINGS – The first Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation Commissioners’ Cup, presented by Xpress Boats, “exceeded our expectations,” AGFF President Deke Whitbeck said after the two-day high school bass fishing event held on Lake Hamilton.
JACKSONVILLE – On May 4, all of Westside’s senior high trap shooters lined up and, hockey or baseball style, congratulated its region rival, the Black squad from Corning High School, for winning the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program’s East Regional championship. The way Corning won that day, only missing 7 shots out of 250, it deserved the accolades.