Jim Collins Net Pens located on Lake Ouachita are used by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission to grow various
species of fish for stocking in Lake Ouachita as well as other Arkansas
The fish were eating about $200 worth of fish food each day, according to the AGFC warm water fish
hatchery coordinator Don Brader.
They got fed twice a day so they don't have any reason to leave, he said. Since the net pens are located in areas where fishing is prohibited. We felt that the best way to get rid of these big catfish was to tray and move them to areas around the state where the public can catch them, Brader explained.
So the AGFC decided to capture the Big Blue Catfish that were tearing holes in the nets resulting in food and trout losses and move them into agency lakes around Arkansas and donating some to the Aquatic Resources Education Program.
During this time frame we stocked Carpenter Dam, Remmel Dam, Blakely Dam, Albert Pike Recreation Area, Entergy Park, Family Park, John Benjamin Park, and the Narrows Tail water area at Murfreesboro. We stocked approximately 106,500 rainbow trout into state waters this past winter. These fish are provided to us during early December by the Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery as 9-inch fish. We then raise them to 11-inches and then begin stocking them.
The AGFC stocked the following lakes with the Giant Blue Catfish:
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