Here are comments sent in by
some of our members.
"We need to do more frequent stocking programs with fingerling Stripers .
Also more Trout releases to help the fingerlings start to grow rapidly. The
recent Striper Fishing Tournaments that drew National response should show that
Stripers are a resource for local industries to get involved in. Bass fisherman
strive to catch a Bass over 10 lbs . But Stripers get so much larger and are so
much more fun to catch . Don't let the stocking of Stripers ever
stop as they don't reproduce in fresh waters. This would end a new fishing
revolution. Take a Kid fishing & keep them out of " JAIL " "
"The state biologists should continue to make lake management decisions.
Management and stocking decisions that are based on proven facts, instead of
boat ramp balderdash, are what make good fisheries."
"I sure hope that Striped Bass stocking will not be stopped. Striped Bass
fishing was the biggest reason my wife and I are moving to Arkansas. If it is
stopped we will move back to Florida."
"I come down 2-3 times a year to fish striper. I would hate to see them go
"Stripers are great. Keep stocking them!!!!"
"I support the Striped Bass Stocking and management. I would also hate to see
the stocking stop. I am a avid striped bass fisherman and love the sport."
"We most certainly support Striped Bass enthusiasts and State/Federal fisheries
admin in promoting Striped Bass Fishing. We wish you the best to maintain and
expand other programs to keep trophy quality sport-fishing going."
"I was in Arkansas in November 2005 and went fishing for striped bass for the
first time. It was a great experience and hope I can get down there gain real
soon for more of the same."
"I love Striper fishing on Lake Ouachita"
"After many years of Tournament fishing and fishing for bass, my husband can no
longer fish for bass and other species that require "jerking" the bait. We
recently moved to Arkansas for the Stripers. We can get out on the water,
troll, catch some fish and enjoy the day.
Please continue to stock the waters - Ouachita and Lake Hamilton with
Stripers. The stripers feed in deep water, bass feed in shallow waters, so they
can co-habitate. I think if you discontinue your stocking program, many people
(tourist and residence) will be forced to take their money elsewhere including
us returning to Florida."
"I was introduced to striped bass fishing in 2002 and was pleasantly surprised.
When I first saw the ads on a visit to Arkansas I assumed it was a rich man's
sport, but a few friends and I decided to try it and we all loved it! We also
found that when we go in groups of 3 or 4 it's very affordable for those of us
who work for a living. Since then I've been taking at least two trips a
year to the striped bass haven of Lake Ouachita in one of the most scenic areas
of Arkansas. Tourist dollars are very important to the habitants of this area,
and they're perhaps the most genuinely friendly people I've ever met in my
travels. The bait and tackle shops, the grocery stores, the gas stations, and other
local businesses would lose a significant amount of income if striped bass
disappeared. And people would have to go to the coast to find these
hard-fighting, great-tasting fish. This would make it less affordable for the
working class and take income away from some beautiful but economically
depressed areas of our country. That would be a tragedy."
It is very simple!! Striper fishing is a wonderful sport or past time,
depending on how involved you want to get. I'm a guide on Lake Ouachita, Hot
Springs, Arkansas. 300 Days a year I get to see all sorts of people, young and
old, feel the thrill of a the strongest fresh water fish peel off some line.....
I fish in several states and it is all the same great action!!!!