North Little Rock, AR
I'm starting the Arkansas Walleye Association to help promote and preserve walleye fishing in Arkansas. We fish all 4 lakes in our state that hold walleye, as well as some hot river spots.
January 1, 1998- Arkansas implemented new regs for Walleye in certain waters. New 18" minimum length, 4 fish limit on Greers Ferry, Bull Shoals, Lake Norfork and Table Rock Lake. All other waters, 6 fish limit no minimum length.
This was done to coincide with Missouri regulations, due to Bull Shoals, Norfork and Table Rock are all state boundary waters. Greers Ferry is not on the border and was included for different reason. Large populations of walleyes migrate from Lake Norfork up the North Fork River into Missouri where spawning takes place. There is only small portion of Norfork in Missouri, that section is mostly river channel.
Some populations on Bull Shoals migrate up the lake into Missouri, but it is believed lot of spawning takes place in the lower portions of the lakes in smaller creek arms and near the dams. Many of us serious walleye fishermen believe the wallleye are really like a lake walleye, not necessarily river runners, since these lakes are really spread out rivers.
It has come to our attention that Arkansas Fisheries biologists added Greers Ferry to the new regs, because we do not have sufficient number of males to help the natural spawn. Too many 16" males were being taken, and all those 10, 12 16 and yes 22 lb females have been laying eggs that have not been fertilized. Greers Ferry is the source for the eggs gathered by the AG&FC for much of the statewide stocking. Based upon this information we need to support this, until we can find some other solution.
So if anyone is planning a trip to Arkansas walleye waters, keep this in mind. For more information, contact me at your leisure.
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