Arkansas Introduces the Fishing Trail

Alabama has its Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Now Arkansas wants to take advantage of one of its biggest resources and attract tourism dollars by establishing the Arkansas Fishing Trail.

Gov. Mike Huckabee, Attorney General Mike Beebe, Parks and Tourism Executive Director Richard Davies, Game and Fish Director Scott Henderson and several Wal-Mart Stores Inc. officials last week announced creation of the trail.

The trail includes 32 lakes and streams divided into four regions. Free outdoor gear is being offered to those who visit at least five sites, including one in each region. And those who participate could also win a Ranger bass boat or an Arkansas vacation.

Arkansas Fishing Trail guides are available at participating Wal-Mart sporting goods departments. Inside the guide is a Fishing Trail Passport, which is the entry form.

After fishing one of the spots on the Fishing Trail, participants must return to a Wal-Mart to get the passport stamped.

There are different levels of prizes for the number of different spots on the trail.

When a person qualifies for prizes, he is automatically entered into a drawing for the grand prize, a Ranger Bass Boat 155 VS with trailer.

First prizes of Arkansas vacations include such prizes as a 56-foot houseboat weekend getaway on Norfork Lake (3 days, 2 nights) from 101 Boat Dock; a fishing vacation for two at Dumas from the Arkansas Delta Byways Association; a three-day/two-night stay at Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites in Russellville from the Arkansas River Valley Tri-Peaks Tourist Association; a choice of one of three resorts — Iron Mountain Lodge and Marina on DeGray Lake, Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita or Self Creek Lodge and Marina on Lake Greeson; two nights' lodging and guided trips from Gaston's White River Resort; two nights' lodging from Lindsey's Resort on the Little Red River; two nights' lodging at Sportsman's Resort; and two nights' lodging at Wild Bill's Outfitters near the Buffalo National River.

The Arkansas Fishing Trail runs through Oct. 31.