The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will hold a special workshop for landowners on how to manage their farm ponds for fish.

The free workshop will be at the Murfreesboro City Hall Community Room, 204 E. Main, from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 18.

“We receive quite a few calls each year about how people can manage their ponds to improve the fishing and control plants in their pond,” said Dylan Hann, southwest regional fisheries management biologist for the AGFC. “This workshop will enable us to reach out to people who may have questions but don’t want to call and ask.”

Hann said biologists stay very busy with some of southwest Arkansas’s larger reservoirs, but they are regularly requested to visit private properties for pond guidance in fisheries management and aquatic plant control.

“We try to fit these requests in where we can, but most questions can be helped with a small amount of education on how their pond operates,” Hann said. “We want to equip local residents with all the information they need to have a fantastic fishery right outside their back door.”

The workshop will consist of a PowerPoint presentation and question-and-answer section to help people get the most out of their pond. Topics will include fish population management, stocking programs, and an overview of pond ecosystems to help landowners understand the workings behind the management techniques. All attendees also will receive a packet of essential materials to read and gather more information in regards to farm pond management. The workshop is free, and no registration is required.

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