Folks who spend lots of time on the rivers of our natural state know that trout aren't indigenous to Arkansas, but not all Arkansans are in the know. That's right, trout are only native to rivers and lakes west of the Rocky Mountains. The optimal water temperature for trout is about 54 degrees, which makes rivers like the Little Red ideal for trout stocking. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission annually stocks trout in many bodies of water.
The AGFC's 2015 stock plan calls for more than 2.5 million trout to be stocked in Arkansas waterways. Over a quarter million of those fish will be stocked in the Little Red River, which means we've got some fishing to do. The AGFC plans to stock Rainbow and Brook trout in our river, but there are actually four species here in the state.
Brown trout, or Brownies as they're sometimes called, posses a superpower that uniquely theirs. Brownies actually reproduce in the Little Red and the White rivers. In fact the former world record brown trout was reeled in on the Little Red and weighed in at over 40 pounds. In fact, Rip Collins' fish still holds the state record.
Now that you've graduated from Arkansas Trout University, you're ready to hit the water like a real pro. Next time you stop by the fish hatchery or spot a game warden out in the wild, tell them thanks for keeping our rivers stocked with the best trout in the country. It's another reason we love the natural state.