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polarsusd81

The Arkansas Connection

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Enough hijacking of the BassCat thread.

How many others on the board have the Arkansas connection? I was born down there and spent the first three years of my life there. I try to get down to visit friends and family at least once a year, sometimes more, sometimes less.

My uncle's farm is about 15-20 miles north of Stuttgart and he has a little bit of everything that everyone on here would like. He has fish ponds, 32 of them, ranging in size from 500 sq ft to 20+ acres. He has a bayou running through the property, soy bean and milo fields, a duck swamp, the big woods for deer hunting, and plenty of space for ATV fun. I stay there during my trips to visit, but also have friends with large duck clubs on the south side of Stuttgart. Next January, I am going to go down for the close of duck season. My cousin told me that every person they brought out the last week down at the farm limited out every day. Pretty fun stuff. When I was just a couple months old my grandpa would put my car seat in his jon boat and bring me out to the trot lines and yo-yos to get the crappies and catfish. He also did some Gator Gar hunting on the Bayou Meto back in the day. Several fish he caught in his lifetime would have qualified as records, but he wasn't that kind of man.

Anyway, here is an aerial image of my uncle's place down there.

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Little slice of heaven right there!

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HA HA HA HA!

I learned what a YO YO is the last time I was down there! Funny! I tell people here that and they cant even fathom what they are.

Its a great time down in the Stuttgart area. It gets even more fun everytime I go down there. Id love to live there from dec-feb. Its a duck hunting culture that you wont see pretty much anywhere in America. All the school kids wear camo. Even the elderly that dont even hunt are wandering around in wal-mart in full max-4 HD!

I wish you could get BBQ up here like you can down there...nothing like southern cookin...especially the duck gumbo...with RICELAND rice, of course.

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Yep pretty awesome down that way. If I had to move south I know where I'd be. White river!

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Many good memories from those parts Sled. Are you guys off 152 out of Humphrey? I started another thread for the AR guys. My early childhood home was right off 152 right after it crosses the bayou behind the old church.

The rice field lease is like NW of town. You get there by turning north in the middle of Humphrey

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I'd move back in a minute.Wife wont have it though. Grew up in Hot Springs, got into bass fishing on Lake Hamilton and Quachiata(sp?)Trying to set up a family vacation this summer back there but I'm getting some resistance from the the other family members they'd rather "go up north". Oh well, if ya havent been there at least once, you should go and check it out.

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Originally Posted By: polarsusd81
Many good memories from those parts Sled. Are you guys off 152 out of Humphrey? I started another thread for the AR guys. My early childhood home was right off 152 right after it crosses the bayou behind the old church.

The rice field lease is like NW of town. You get there by turning north in the middle of Humphrey

And go right past my grandpa Al's house. He has a nice little white house just north of the church on the opposite side of the street. He used to tend a lot of those rice fields around there.

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I'd put money on it my dad knows the people that your buddy got his place from, or might even know your buddy depending on how long he has been there.

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I looked it up, its next to the Cline cemetary. The field didnt have much action this year cause they didnt have enough rice in it, but they will be in business next year. This is their first year with the lease.

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Amazing. I was looking on google earth and we infact did drive right by the house on the way out there, many times.

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Duck Swamp at my uncle's place. Night before the 5 day license went into effect. Jan 04.

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Partial crew the night before duck opener. Nov 07.

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View out the late Great Grandma Edith's front door. South of Humphrey on 152. Nov 05.

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Tending the Yo-Yo on a White River Backwater

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And finally the biggest deer anyone has ever seen. Shot by my grandfather in 1982. The rack is mounted on a 1x8, yes that skull is more than 8" wide. That "Joker" as my grandpa called him was over 350 lbs before my grandpa put him down. This picture does not do this justice at all.

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Next time you are down there, stop by and tell him I told you to do so. He will give you a couple gallon freezer bags of cracked and shelled Pecans. I will probably be down there next year with a group the same time you go. We'll have to hook up and trade a day at each other's swamps and fields.

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Champion186, you are probably better off trying to get a late summer/early fall vacation planned down there. It is so dang hot in the middle of the summer, some people don't like it. I personally don't mind sweating my butt off in 110 degree heat with the high dew points and humidity, catching 75-100 bass a day. I see nothing wrong with it, but you know how it is. October is a fabulous time to be down there and you really can't beat the week of Thanksgiving as duck season is open, and the fishing is phenomenal.

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Next time you are down there, stop by and tell him I told you to do so. He will give you a couple gallon freezer bags of cracked and shelled Pecans. I will probably be down there next year with a group the same time you go. We'll have to hook up and trade a day at each other's swamps and fields.

yeah, Im gonna try to make it down every year. Might take the boy with next time.

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We are heading down to Arkansas on the 27th of this month. Going to Hot Springs and staying on Lake Hamilton. I will not be towing the boat, but hopefully will get in 2 half days with guides. And some fishing off the dock. We will be staying at the Edge Water resort just outside of Hot Springs.

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Polarsusd81, Thats (the heat)exactly what the dont want.I dont understand it??? It would be hard to beat Thanksgiving week but we're alway up here for the family get togethers. I guess I could go alone(i need to wake up), that'll never happen. You ever find yourself thinking whens it -30 outside why and the $#ll we moved up here? I'll admit, I do like the seasonal changes up here so it not all bad. So is anyone else ready for some open water bass fishing yet?? Spring cant get here fast enough for me.

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judging by the activity on the bass forum lately I think we're all in need of some open water fishing

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Agape, Not sure if the place is still there but just out past the Sunbay resort which sits right on Lake Hamilton there's a place (or it was there) called Fat Dave's that served all you could eat crawfish boils and beer. It's a must stop place if its still there. I'm pretty sure that was the name of it, ask around when your there someone will know what your talking about. Have fun and good luck with the fishing.

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Agape, Bring me back a SONIC Burger!! Man that place was the best after a night of having a few cold ones.

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Awesome post, thanks for starting it! Greg is right on, SONIC burger me baby!!

I was born in Harrison, but my parents were in the process of moving right about that time. Have to admit I only really "lived" in AR for the first 2 weeks of my life. We moved to SW Missouri (45 mins east of Springfield) and my parents have lived there ever since. Scary thing is, they moved there with a plan to move back to AR in 2 years. 32 years later, they are still there. I moved to MN 8 years ago planning to be back to MO / AR in 2 years... Will the cycle repeat? Not if I have anything to do with it! (Not that I don't like it up here, I just don't like it up here Nov - Mar!)

Almost all of my family still lives in Arkansas. Harrison area mostly, but Dad's side is close to a small town called Witt Springs. Snowball, Marshall, etc. (Yes, there is a town named Snowball, AR!)

I love NW Arkansas. Thing are simply laid back. Nobody is in this big RUSH that we all seem to be in. My kind of place.

Being that we're all from Arkansas (I'll say if before any non-Arkansan's do), I'm sure we're related some how. smile

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Oh, I am sure there are relations running back aways. Say hi to all the kin folk for me next time you talk to em. LOL!

My favorite town name in Arkansas is Bald Knob.

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Some of my favorite Arkansas town names other than Snowball

Hogeye

Greasy Corner

Toad Suck (I'm serious, look it up!)

History on the name of Snowball -> A misunderstanding by the postal department reportedly resulted in the naming of a small community in Searcy County. In the late 1880s, local citizens wanted to honor Ben Snow for his contributions to the area. They petitioned Washington for the name "Snow Hall," but somewhere along the paper trail it became Snowball.

I also played bball with a kid named Ben from Dover, AR. You can figure out his nick name.

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Awesome post, thanks for starting it! Greg is right on, SONIC burger me baby!!

Yep. Going to sonic is a must on every Ark. trip.

iphone pics

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The Humphrey, AR school of excellence..Im not kidding

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Hey, Polarsus, recognize this?

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Man does this(post)bring back some memories!! There's nothing like a Grape Slushie from sonic mixed with everclear!!

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I'm a big fan of AR as well. I head down there every spring to fish the lakes in Bella Vista, play some golf, and sometimes fish Beaver Lake, too. There are so many cool little restaurants and other places to check out. Someday I'd like to retire on a lake down there. Never tried any hunting down there, but I see so many places that look awesome for deer.

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My father in law lives in Russelville, AR near Lake Dardanelle.

I'll be heading down 3/22 to 3/28 for a wedding and some fishing. It just happens to be the same time the Bassmaster Elite series is in town. I was planning to fish Dardanelle, but I'm not thrilled about fishing it with the Elite series in town.

Does anyone have any suggestions for any other good bass lakes in the area? Also, anyone have buddies in the area that might want to go fishing?

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    • Minnesota DNR News
      For Immediate Release:
      July 21, 2017
      In This Issue

      Conserving Mille Lacs walleye population requires regulation changes

      Mille Lacs Lake Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for summer 2017

      Conserving Mille Lacs walleye population requires regulation changes

      Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake will remain closed until Aug. 11 to protect the walleye fishery, and ensure its long-term health and sustainability into the future

      To extend the walleye fishing season through Labor Day, the state will allow for an additional 11,000 pounds of walleye harvest on Mille Lacs 

      New solutions are being sought to rebuild and sustain a healthy Mille Lacs walleye fishery

      New fisheries data collected by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources show the total safe harvest allocation for walleyes on Mille Lacs Lake (44,800 pounds) has already been exceeded this season. To protect the fishery and ensure the long-term sustainability of Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye population, the DNR announced today that walleye fishing will remain closed until Friday, Aug. 11.

      In order to extend the walleye fishing season through Labor Day, the state will allow for an additional 11,000 pounds of walleye harvest. Catch-and-release walleye fishing will run from Friday, Aug. 11, through Monday, Sept. 4, for the Labor Day weekend. Walleye fishing will then be closed from Tuesday, Sept. 5, through Thursday, Nov. 30.

      As these regulation changes were announced, Minnesota DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr reiterated the state’s commitment to rebuilding and sustaining a healthy walleye fishery in Mille Lacs Lake.

      “Improving the walleye population in Mille Lacs is a top priority for the DNR,” Landwehr said. “We deeply regret the hardships these new regulations will cause for anglers and business owners. But they are essential to protect and enhance the future of walleye fishing in the lake for future generations. We will continue doing everything we can to understand the challenges facing the walleye fishery, and take whatever actions we can to resolve this very difficult situation.”

      Landwehr and DNR fisheries chief Don Pereira noted that allowing for additional catch-and-release fishing in August is essential for area anglers, businesses, and Mille Lacs area communities. The decision to allow for this additional harvest was made with input from the Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee.

      “We want to allow as much walleye fishing on Mille Lacs as possible,” Pereira said. “So even though state anglers already have caught their quota of fish, the DNR will dip into the allowed conservation overage to reopen the season on Aug. 11.”

      Through the closure, anglers on Mille Lacs Lake may fish for all other species in the lake including bass, muskellunge and northern pike. When fishing for other species, only artificial baits and lures will be allowed in possession, except for anglers targeting northern pike or muskie, who may fish with sucker minnows longer than 8 inches.

      A prohibition on night fishing will remain in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Nov. 30. However, anglers may fish for muskie and northern pike at night, but may only use artificial lures longer than 8 inches or sucker minnows longer than 8 inches. Bowfishing for rough fish also is allowed at night but possession of angling equipment is not allowed and only rough fish may be in possession.

      Understanding walleye fishing quotas on Mille Lacs this year, and why that quota was reached earlier than predicted
      The DNR and the Chippewa bands that cooperatively manage Mille Lacs Lake agreed this year to harvest quotas of 44,800 pounds for state anglers and 19,200 pounds for tribal fishing. They also agreed that up to 75,000 pounds of walleye could be harvested from the lake from Dec. 1, 2016 to Nov. 30, 2017.

      That agreement allows the state to use a built-in buffer – the 11,000 pounds difference between the 75,000 pounds conservation cap and the 64,000 pounds combined harvest quotas – in an attempt to allow catch-and-release walleye fishing through Labor Day, following the mid-summer closure. Bi-weekly creel surveys show that state anglers already have reached their quota.

      “The DNR is using its full allotment to maximize opportunities to fish for walleye on Mille Lacs without violating our agreement,” Pereira said. “The DNR, just like area businesses, would greatly prefer to not have fishing restrictions in place. But sustaining and stabilizing Mille Lacs’ walleye population is our primary obligation and public responsibility.”

      Continuing the walleye fishing closure will reduce the number of fish that die after being caught and released, a condition known as hooking mortality. The likelihood of fish suffering hooking mortality increases as water temperatures warm.

      High walleye catch rates on Mille Lacs have increased DNR fishing projections. A hot walleye bite attracted more anglers to the lake, resulting in angler effort that is about double what it was in 2016.

      “Cooler than normal temperatures kept hooking mortality rates low, but more anglers fished Mille Lacs, particularly catching walleye longer than 20 inches,” Pereira said. “That increased the poundage of fish caught and put us over our walleye quota.”

      According to the DNR, bigger fish are biting, in part, because there is a shortage of food for larger walleye. Last fall’s assessment showed that larger walleye were thinner than average.

      Mille Lacs’ hot bite also reflects the findings of studies done in many other fisheries that show catchability actually increases when fish population drops. In Mille Lacs, walleye congregate in preferred spots rather than disperse evenly throughout the lake. Fewer fish in the lake means there is more room in the preferred spots for fish to gather, creating a situation where a larger percentage of the population is in position to be caught rather than gathering in a less preferred but less fished area.

      More information about Mille Lacs Lake, the regulation adjustments and management of the fishery is available on the DNR page at www.mndnr.gov/millelacslake.

      New solutions are being sought to improve and sustain a healthy walleye fishery
      The DNR announced in June that a new external review team of scientists will take a fresh look at Mille Lacs Lake’s walleye fishery, using all of the best science available to gain a better understanding of the lake. This new review, led by walleye expert Dr. Chris Vandergoot of the U.S. Geological Survey, will provide additional recommendations to improve fisheries management of the lake, and contribute to a long-term solution to improving and sustaining a healthy walleye fishery for future generations. The group’s report is expected in time to help guide and inform fisheries management decisions for the 2018 season.

      DNR encourages Minnesotans to fish for other abundant species on Mille Lacs Lake
      As today’s walleye fishing regulation changes were announced, the DNR encouraged all Minnesotans to visit Mille Lacs Lake to fish the other abundant species that the lake has to offer. Mille Lacs Lake’s other opportunities for top-notch fishing will not be affected by the regulation adjustment.

      Bassmaster Magazine named Mille Lacs the nation’s best bass lake in June and will send 50 of the country’s best anglers to the lake In September for its Angler of the Year tournament. Northern pike abound in Mille Lacs, along with muskellunge. In early July, a woman from southern Minnesota caught and released in Mille Lacs what may have been Minnesota’s largest-ever muskellunge.

      To learn more about Mille Lacs Lake and its many great fishing opportunities, visit the DNR page. To plan visit to the Mille Lacs area, visit the Mille Lacs Area Tourism Council page.

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      Mille Lacs Lake Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for summer 2017
      Q: What is happening with the walleye season this summer on Mille Lacs Lake?

      A: The closure that began July 8 and was set to end July 28 is being extended by two weeks. That means walleye fishing will reopen at 6:01 a.m. on Aug. 11 for catch-and-release only through Labor Day. A night fishing closure also will remain in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Nov. 30.

      Q: How does this affect fishing for other species?

      A: Fishing regulations for other species such as smallmouth bass, muskie and northern pike remain the same. During the night closure, there is an exception for muskie and northern pike anglers using artificial lures and sucker minnows longer than 8 inches.

      Q: Why did the DNR extend the closure?

      A: While the DNR wants to allow as much walleye fishing on Mille Lacs as possible, the state is also required to abide by cooperative agreements made with eight American Indian Chippewa bands. The two weeks of additional closure allows the state to abide by a harvest quota set earlier this year with the bands.

      The DNR and the bands agreed to harvest quotas of 44,800 pounds for state anglers and 19,200 pounds for tribal fishing. They also agreed that up to 75,000 pounds of walleye could be sustainably harvested from the lake from Dec. 1, 2016 to Nov. 30, 2017 in order to conserve the population

      That agreement allows the state to use a built-in buffer – the 11,000 pounds difference between the conservation cap of 75,000 pounds and the combined harvest quota of 64,000 pounds – in an attempt to allow catch-and-release walleye fishing through Labor Day, following the mid-summer closure.

      The latest creel survey data shows that state anglers reached their quota of 44,800 pounds of walleye caught from Mille Lacs in early July. Even though state anglers already have caught their quota of fish, the DNR is dipping into the allowed conservation reserve in order to reopen the season on Aug. 11.

      Q: Why has the walleye population in Mille Lacs declined? What is the DNR doing in the long-term to try to conserve the population?

      A: The vast majority of walleye that hatch do not survive to their third autumn in the lake. Walleye numbers have declined to the point that it has become important to protect spawning-sized walleye, particularly the class of walleye that hatched in 2013. It is important to protect the large 2013 year class to replenish aging spawning stock.  Most males from the 2013 class are now mature, but females will not start to contribute in large numbers until next spring. The state is committed to conserving the population of walleyes born in 2013 to improve and rebuild a sustainable population for the future.

      Q: Why do we count hooking mortality during a closed walleye season?

      A: The amount that state anglers can kill (as spelled out in state-bands agreements) also must include fish that die as a result of hooking mortality, the fish that die after being caught and then released back into the water. During the closure, some anglers still catch walleye incidentally and some of those fish die after being released. Under the state-band agreements, those dead fish must be calculated and counted against the state’s allocation.

      Q: How did this cooperative management between the state and the bands of Mille Lacs Lake come to be?   

      A: Recall that in 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld lower-court decisions that allowed the Mille Lacs band and seven other Chippewa bands to exercise off-reservation fishing and hunting rights. The lower federal court also set up guidelines, known as stipulations and protocols, for both sides to follow. These stipulations and protocols provide a framework for how the bands and the state must work cooperatively to manage shared natural resources, including Mille Lacs fish.  In their agreements, the DNR and the bands are required to annually establish the number of walleye that can safely be harvested from Mille Lacs while ensuring sufficient remaining walleye in the lake for a healthy fishery.

      Q: If the walleye population is in decline, why are anglers catching so many?

      A: Fish are biting for two reasons. First, there is a shortage of food for larger walleye. Last fall’s assessment showed that larger walleye were thinner than average. Second, studies in many fisheries show that catchability actually increases when fish population decline.

      In Mille Lacs, walleye congregate in preferred spots rather than disperse evenly throughout the lake. Fewer fish in the lake means there’s more room in the preferred spots for fish to gather, and anglers find these spots where they can catch a larger portion of fish. Finally, while the walleye population has decreased considerably (by half or more), the amount of fishing pressure has declined by a lot more. This means that there are more walleye per angler fishing Mille Lacs today.

      Q: How is the DNR using science and research to help the walleye population?

      A: Mille Lacs Lake is the most studied lake in Minnesota. It is also a complex and changing system. The agency conducts a large number of surveys on the lake annually. These surveys include assessing the abundance of young walleye; setting 52 nets to assess adult abundance; using fine-mesh nets each summer to determine abundance of food (prey fish) for walleye; and using interviews with anglers around the lake (called creel surveys) to estimate the number of fish anglers are catching. The DNR also periodically tags walleye and other species to provide actual population estimates. We are tagging bass this year in cooperation with angling groups, and will be tagging walleye in 2018 and 2019 when the 2013 year class will be reaching full maturity.

      Q: What is the purpose of the external review the DNR has initiated?

      A: The DNR has asked Dr. Chris Vandergoot to lead an independent review of the DNR’s scientific approaches to manage Mille Lacs Lake. Vandergoot is a key member of the international team that co-manages a very significant walleye fishery in Lake Erie. He works for the U.S. Geological Survey in the Sandusky Lake Erie Biological station in Ohio. His review report will be available to the public in early 2018 and will help inform fisheries management decisions for the 2018 season.

      Q: What does the future look like for Mille Lacs walleye?

      A: It is unlikely that Mille Lacs walleye production will return to the levels that state anglers enjoyed over 20 years ago.  The ecosystem of Mille Lacs is going through extreme change, starting with increased water clarity in the mid-1990s, to impacts today from aquatic invasive species such as spiny water flea and zebra mussels. Longer growing seasons are also helping some species such as smallmouth bass but may be hurting others. While walleye will still be abundant, the future fishery will be more diverse, offering angling opportunities for a greater variety of fish.

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