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No drawdown scheduled for Lake Chicot in 2020

Jan. 10, 2020

LAKE VILLAGE — Lake Chicot anglers and landowners looking at a newly printed copy of the 2020 Arkansas Fishing Guidebook may notice an error on Page 60 that may concern them. The Lake Chicot profile on that page incorrectly states a drawdown will be held July 8-Dec. 31 of 2020. The drawdown was conducted during 2019 as part of the lake’s fishery management plan, but the wording also was included in this year’s guidebook.

Lake Chicot drawdown to begin July 8

June 26, 2019

LAKE VILLAGE — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will conduct a 6-foot drawdown of Lake Chicot to improve the fishery and allow lakeside property owners the opportunity to repair boathouses and docks on the waterfront.
 

Arkansas fighting Asian carp with angler awareness, baitfish regulations

Aug. 8, 2018

LITTLE ROCK - Fish jumping into the boat sounds like a dream come true for some anglers -- until you’ve experienced it firsthand. That’s exactly what’s happening on some Arkansas lakes connected to the Mississippi River, and it’s causing a lot of concern. 

Special commercial fishing opportunity on Lake Chicot to combat Asian carp

Oct. 4, 2017

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will open a special commercial fishing season on Lake Chicot to target Asian carp from Nov. 1-Dec. 31. Asian carp, particularly silver carp and bighead carp have been a nuisance to many waters connected to the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers since their escape from aquaculture and research facilities during floods in the 1970s. In addition to consuming vast amounts of plankton, which are the base of the food chain in many fisheries, silver carp have become a hazard on many waters where they are abundant because of their habit of jumping out of the water when startled.