A live-release boat was completed by the AG&FC for Lake Ouachita to assist Black Bass tournaments in live-release and re-distribution.
Continued efforts by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission at Black Bass
the AG&FC Black Bass Program recently completed construction of a
live-release boat that can be used by Black Bass tournament directors to re-locate their
catch on Lake Ouachita.
Money to purchase and equip the
boat were provided by a $10K grant
from the FishAmerica Foundation.
Bill Barnes, operator of Mountain Harbor Resort and Marina on Lake Ouachita, donated a covered slip at the marina to house the live-release boat. Tournament directors will be able to access the boat beginning this Spring after a review of operational guidelines.
The AG&FC Black Bass Program used the live-release boat at two tournaments on Lake Ouachita this Fall to test the systems and determine how the boat handles under a full load. The boat operated flawlessly during the two-day USA Outdoors Big Bass and FLW Outdoors BFL Regional tournament events in October.