The tagged trout program that has been running since Thanksgiving in Family and Community Fishing Program Ponds will close at the end of February, according to the Arkansas Wildlife Weekly Newsletter.


Thousands of rainbow trout were stocked around the state in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program locations throughout winter, while the fish could survive in the cold temperatures.


Among these fish, 300 were fitted with special fluorescent pink tags that can be redeemed for a special prize in addition to the good meal they provide. Many anglers have turned in the tags of fish they caught so far this winter, while a few tags remain unclaimed.


“Some of these fish may still be waiting to be caught, but some may have already been caught and the tag simply has not been mailed back,” said Maurice Jackson, FCFP coordinator for the AGFC. “We still have prizes to give out for the tags and the grand prize drawing will be drawn very soon from all of the people who submitted their tags.”


This year’s grand prize is an overnight stay and fishing trip at Rick Evans Grandview Prairie Conservation Education Center near Hope. This will include fishing in the center’s lakes that are teeming with giant largemouth bass as well as trap and archery shooting.


All tags must be mailed to the AGFC and postmarked by Feb. 28, 2019, to be eligible for the drawing. For more information or to find a location nearby, visit www.agfc.com/familyfishing or call the stocking hotline at 866-540-3474.