Youth fishing encouraged as spring break activity

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has partnered with the Delta Rivers Nature Center in Regional Park to provide fishing opportunities for young people and their families during spring break this week.

Dubbed “Catch It to Win It” Spring Break 2012, the weeklong event kicked off in Pine Bluff with the recent release of several hundred catfish into the pond at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

“Game and Fish released between 200 and 300 catfish last week,” said Delta Rivers Nature Center director Eric Maynard. “This is intended to promote fishing as an activity for children and their families during spring break. Of the fish that were released, 25 of them were tagged. Any child that catches a tagged fish should go with their family to the Nature Center to claim a prize. Two of the fish that were released are between 25 and 35 pounds.”

Maynard said that the prizes include a rod and reel.

“We have already had people come in with tagged fish,” Maynard said. “Of course we also have a lot of fish to catch that don’t have tags. Anybody can take their kids out fishing any time this week.”

Little Rock, Jonesboro and Ft. Smith are also participating in the Game and Fish program.

For more information: Call 534-0011.