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. 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. 200,000 to 300,000 fingerlings of various species are released each year.
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 quick dump into the lake from the nursery pond is quick with little or no stress on the fish. Arkansas Game and Fish Biologists and other specialists in the field work hard to keep Beaver Lake in the forefront of fish production.
Jon Stein is a District Fisheries Supervisor who manages fish populations in lakes and rivers in 5 counties in NWA. According to Stein, “I have worked with AGFC for 15 years and have been working in the Fisheries Field for 23 years. I received a Master of Science Degree from Emporia State University in Kansas, and have worked for the state natural resources agencies of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Arkansas.
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 (electrofishing or netting). We obtain valuable information about fish populations through sampling. Based on results from sampling Beaver Lake, we determine stocking rates of various fish species in the lake. Beaver Lake geets stocked annually using the Beaver Lake Fish Nursery Pond. My presentation will discuss the operation of this appreciated hatchery.”
If you are a fisherman, you will not want to miss this interesting program on such a valuable asset to us here in northwest Arkansas.
For more information, call: 479-789-5000
- When: Sunday September 9, 2018 2:00 pm
- Where: Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area’s visitor center located on Hwy. 12 just east of the Hwy. 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
- Cost: Free