More Catfish for the Buffalo River

Posted Saturday May 27, 2017 by wf_admin

Your support helped restore a native channel catfishery within the Buffalo National River in Arkansas. The $8,100 grant was used to help restore a fish hatchery. Channel catfish once provided an important recreational pastime on the Buffalo River but the population had dramatically declined. Stocking of the fish from the hatchery has provided increased fishing opportunities. Approximately 5,000 8-inch yearling channel catfish can be released each year. Biologists monitor the river and anglers to continually determine the success of the stocking program. Wildlife Forever’s partners in this project included the FishAmerica Foundation, North Arkansas Fly Fishers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the National Park Service.