Donate Old Christmas Trees to Provide Fish Cover

Okay, I said I’ll be on vacation until January 3, but I just had to share this news.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) wants your old Christmas trees to provide underwater cover for fish. You can drop off trees at 21 sites across the state until January 23.

AGFC community fisheries biologist Clifton Jackson says that studies have shown that fish use structure for cover. “These trees are some of the best natural forms of underwater structure. Crappie, bass, bluegills and other fish will often use the tress to hide in and around,” Jackson said.

The Christmas trees provide cheap but high-quality underwater structures. They are easy to place in ponds and lakes, and they last for several years, Jackson said.

“More importantly, their limbs offer something to fish of all shapes and sizes,” he explained.

Trees can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Lake Hamilton – Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery Access Area.
  • Lake Chicot – Connerly Bayou Access Area.
  • Camden – Commission regional office on Ben Lane. Bragg Lake and Upper Jack’s Landing on Upper White Oak Lake.
  • Magnolia – Columbia County Road Department yard on Arkansas 371.
  • El Dorado – City recycling center drop-offs: one behind Arby’s and one on South Jackson.
  • Smackover – Recycling drop-off center (these will be transported to El Dorado).
  • Millwood Lake – Cottonshed and White Cliffs recreation areas and the Millwood State Park ramp on the point.
  • Dierks Lake – Jefferson Ridge South Recreation Area.
  • De Queen Lake – Any U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp.
  • Gillham Lake – Any U.S. Army Corps of Engineers boat ramp.
  • Lake Greeson – New Cowhide Cove and Self Creek Recreation Areas.
  • Arkansas River – Verizon Access underneath the Interstate 30 bridge in North Little Rock.
  • Greers Ferry Lake – Sandy Beach (Heber Springs), Devils Fork Recreation Area and Choctaw Recreation Area (Choctaw-Clinton).
  • Dardanelle Lake – Dwight Mission Access, Arkansas 64/ Piney Access, Cabin Creek Slough Access.
  • Jack Nolen Lake – Largest access ramp on riprap near ramp.
  • Sugar Loaf Lake – Sugar Loaf Access Area near ramps.
  • Lake Conway – Lawrence Landing Access.
  • Harris Brake Lake – Chittman Hill Access.
  • Lake Overcup – Lake Overcup Landing.
  • Lake Barnett – Reed Access.
  • Jonesboro – Craighead Forest Park Lake boat ramp.

So, give your Christmas trees a second life! Donate to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission!

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