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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 53

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inillll!!IIUIl!lllllll!D!llll!!IIIUIIIUII!!IIIUIII!IIIIIU!IIHI!M^ Aubrey Shepherd Vibert Box Helps Trout Fry Survive "Canvasbacks" d r a m a t i c picturing one favorite ducks What have you heard about trout in Arkansas? That they can:live in many streams if stocked? That our waters are not suited to natural reproduction? That the only way we can have a trout fishery is through the put-and-take method? What you heard may not necessarily be true and you can be glad you were misinformed. For expensive government stocking programs are not the only way to have trout in Arkansas mountain streams. Individuals with a relatively small investment and a bit of work can turn any stream with clear cool water into a trout stream. Well, maybe that is a slight exaggeration. But most unpolluted Ozark · streams wMch have cool springs as sources are likely to work. The essential ingredient is water with a current of about three m.p.h. and a temperature of approximately 49 degrees. Below Bull Shoals dam and below Beaver Lake dam such conditions exist. Several spring-fed streams also have acceptable currents and temperatures. But the environment must be right or the project will fail. A B.artlesville, Okla., photographer, illustrator, author, fly fisherman and former petroleum engineer -- Dave Whitlock -- offers very interesting and informative lectures and slide shows explaining how the Vibert Box is used to propagate trout-.--r- essentially in a wild state. At age 35 Dave retired from liis first profession and set out to achieve independence as.a freelance artist. With the U.S. Information Agency sending him to European countries to lecture on fishing in America and organizations such as the Ozark Society inviting him to lecture on the Vibert Box trout propagation program it would appear that Dave is very successful, after only a five- year effort. Graceful Breadwinner Dave credits his wife Jo Ann for sticking by him during the time when he was getting little return for his work in fishing and art and was occasionally discouraged. With two sons to care for, Jo Ann did double duty as mother and breadwinner and did it gracefully. "The eyes of the U.S.A. are on Arkansas because this state is fairly undeveloped. But the inroads of enforcement others can ruin it." Dave says that "you have to keep and develop things in perspective" when planning for growth and development in such a place, He recommends that Arkansas "make sportsmen aware that there is a better way to use resources than total harvest." Dave insists that more people can learn to appreciate the aesthetics of fishing and hunting and make the dominant philosophy one of "limit your kill" rather than "kill your limit." And this philosophy is in back of Dave's drive to popularize the Vibert Box as-a tool in trout fisheries management. Unlike those who criticize Arkansas waters, Dave feels that they have great potential. He wants to "turn Arkansas' super-rich waters into a partially self-sustaining trout fishery." He says that "even ten people working can accomplish something significant, if they make efficient use of their environmental time." Because trout reproduce in relatively low numbers, they require supplemental stocking in areas where fishing pressure is high. But Dave Whitlock and his friends in Bartlesville have proved that the stocking need not be the sort that requires large federal or state appropriations. They have borrowed the Vibert Box idea from French biologists and adapted it to conditions on a small creek in Oklahoma. The device serves as an "instream incubator" for trout eggs, which presently must be ordered from a trout hatchery. The Bartlesville men get their eggs from a Pennsylvania source, and the eggs come packed in ice and styrofoam containers. Instream Incubator Developed by Dr. Richard Vibert in 1945, the "instream incubator" is a small plastic box with slots In its sides. Partially filled with trout eggs, the Vibert box is buried in the gravel in a secondary riffle immediately downstream from a deep hole in a stream and preferably where seeping springs allow 49 degree water to push up from the gravel. Proper positioning of the Vibert Box insures that the eggs will hatch. Wild trout select identical spots for spawning. As the tiny trout develop they gradually absorb the egg sac from which they grow and are able to slip through the open slits in the sides of the box. Then they settle into the gravel temporarily and finally work themselves free of the rocks and become free- swimming fry as they completely absorb their egg sacs. A nest of trout eggs is known as a Redd. Although every trout redd produces many fry, most die. When a normal pair of wild trout spawn, only 15 per cent of the fry survive. Using a Vibert box the surrogate mother trout -- maybe the same person who will harvest the adult trout years later can expect 80 to 95 per cent to survive. The main factor in the increased survival rate is the extra safety provided the eggs by the container. In a normal redd, the eye-stage, fertilized eggs would be subject to depradalion by crayfish, sculpins and various aquatic insects. If the Vibert boxes are carefully placed and if only healthy eggs are placed in them, success is very likely. Although streams in the Ozarks may cool to a temperature of 37 degrees even where the current is three m.p.h. the autumn-implanted eggs are perfectly safe when located over seeping springs where the water temperature is likely to remain at - the necessary 54 degrees. Oxygen content of the -stream is another important factor. With the relatively high oxygen level of a swift mountain stream, trout may survive summer water temperatures of up to 70 or even 80 degrees. This suggests that several streams in Northwest Arkansas may be suitable trout habitat. I know personally that trout survive well in Osage Creek, Clear Creek and Little Osage. Clifty Creek would appear to be an even better place for trout. All it would take to find out would be a few interested individuals willing to invest a bit of time and money in the project. Further information about the use of Vibert Boxes for trout propagation may be obtained by writing Dave Whitlock at 3709 Dana Drive in Bartlesville, Okla., 74003. Dave's lecture and slide program may be rented by fishing clubs, schools and other organizations interested in ecologically sound projects. Art Work To Be Auctioned At DU Banquet A dramatic and rare work of wildlife art will'he at the Northwest Arkansas Ducks Unlimited fund-raising party on October Ifi. One of the highlights of the "night-for-tbe-ducks" will be the auction of Ducks Unlimited's new "Artist of the Year" print. The title of this print is "The King of Ducks-Canvasbacks." The original painting was created especially for DU by one of the world's 'great wildlife artists, David A. Maass of Walerville, Minnesota, who is thu new Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year, and winner of the '74 duck stamp contest. The print being spotlighted is one of a special, extra quality series of only 600 prints, each personally inspected, numbered and signed by the artist, t h e r e b y lending collector's value. "The King of Ducks-- In This Year's BASS Masters Classic Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sunday, Oct. 13, 1974 TAVETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS 5C Bill Dance Is Sentimental Favorite MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Dill Dance of Memphis, Tcnn. is professional b a s s fishing's Arnold Palmer. He hasn't won a tournament lately, but color him more than a sentimental favorite in this year's Miller High Life Classic, Oct. BASS 28-Nov. Masters 1, that i s t r u l y "marsh-scape," of America's in an autumn decides the world's top competitive bass angler.., ... ·',-.... Dance, only 32-years ; old,'is already a bass fishing legend. In a span of 1C tournaments, he won seven to emerge as the cast-for-cash sport's first super star. He hasn't won since late 1970, bul apparently has regained his magic touch. Dance Tournament Trail, conducted by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, a 180,000 member f i s h i n g organization headquartered in Montgomery, Ala. Dance, the season's poinl leader, will head a field of 2! qualifiers'entered for the $15,OIK winner-take-all-finals, sponsorec by the Miller Brewing Com pany. The tournament location events, including an open division tournament for b a s's clubs, selected the finalists. Dance led the professional standings with 255 points out of. a possible 300. Ricky Green of Arkadelphia, Ark., an elect r o n i c s fitm promotionist, ranked second with 221, followed by Bobby Meador, a Baton Rouge, La. television sportsman, with ICG. MARTIN FOURTH Roland Martin, a Tulsa, Okla. based electronics firm research specialist, and the point winner the last three years, finished fourth with 161. Others among the lop ten scorers include Tommy Martin, a Hemphill, Tex. marina operator; Tom Mann, Eufaula, Ala. fishing lure manufacturer; Elroy Krueger, a Cibolo, Tex. setting. The scene is impressive in size--17 inches high by 23 inches wide, lithographed on heavy, top quality paper, 32 inches wide by 23 inches high. These special, limited edition art prints--from a numbered series of only 600, personally signed by Ducks Unlimited's Artist -of the Year, David A. Maass must be purchased at auction at Ducks Unlimited fund-raising events, such as the Northwest Arkansas DU parly, the Elks Lodge,. Zion Road and Highway 71 in Fayetleville. the remain a "mystery" unti anglers depart from Ne\\ Orleans, La. on Oct. 28. A series of seven qualifying ass catching von at Clark s a l e s m a n Al Lindner, Brainerd, Minn, fishing tackle promotion Po w e l l , manager; J o h n Montgomery, Ala fishing tackle salesman; and J. D. Skinned, a Birmingham. Ala consulting engineer. Rayo Breckinridge, a 44-year old Paragould, Ark. c o 11 o r farmer ,is t h e current vvorlc Jeorgia Ark. fishing Nev. Murray, Mann, Glin We Tenn. painter, a Nashville, 1 manufacturer. Campbell, a high school from Forsylh. high individual national Morris, a fishing tackle Dowden, Don Norton, sporting I Report On License Fees LITTLE ROCK -- The current issue of Arkansas Game and Fish Magazine has been devoted to a report on how the Commission has used its license income, · especially in the past 10 years, and why a license increase is needed. Highlights of the issue include an introduction by Chairman Joe D. Scott of Nashville, who says "In order to continue our program to buy _ _ _ r hunting areas,'to build new lakes, and to manage all public fishing waters in the state, we will need $50.2 mil' ; nn between now and 1980. The only way we can reach this goal is through a license increase. We sincerelv hope you will support us in this endeavor." Other features of the i s s u e explain the functions and rising expenses incurred in the various divisions, such as enforcement, game and fisheries. The magazine explains the "Acres for Wildlife" program, in which farmers are urged to set aside pronerty for use by wildlife. Also included is a descripton of the 24 state wildlife management areas.their game, maintenance, and proposed development and the ten cooperative wildlife management areas. A breakdown of cost projections shows H deficit of S5-V4 million ·by 1980 without a license increase if no develonm.P n ts are made and a deficit of $22 million if n'owiod developments are carried out. The Garv" and Fish Commission currently has approximate- 'Hunting Dogs 1 Poster May Be pained A beautiful new wall poster in full color entitled "Know Your Hunting Dogs" can now be obtained from the Reming ton Sportsmen's Library. This is the latest addition to a decorative and educational series p r o d u c e d by Remington on subjects related :o North American hunting. Previous subjects included du.cks, upland game and North American big game. The new poster contains America's most popular hunting dogs, painted by outdoor artist Bob John Anderson Will Fill The Post ATLANTA -- John R. Anderson, a veteran employee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has been named manager of the Northeastern Arkansas hatcher complex consisting of Mamm ery oth Spring and Fish Hatch nouncemenl i by Kenneth gional D w gional Direi ECO-FEEDBACK well-known Kuhn, and taken from scenes in the Remington Sportsmen's Library of Fine Prints. Individual breeds portrayed include Brittany, Cocker and Springer Spaniels; Golden, Labrador and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers; English and Irish Setters; English and German Short-haired Pointers; the Wei- maraner; and Basset, Beagle, Bluetick, Black and Tan, Redbone and Walker Hounds. Each is reproduced in t h e faithful detail of high quality five-color printing. Beneath each dog is an identifying caption and a short descriptive paragraph. Comparable in size and format to its predecessors, the poster measures a generous 2i by 29 inches and is made of heavy, specially laminated stock. While it may be used as is, the- excellent quality of the poster's art and printing merit permanent framing as an attrac- Dear Mr. Shepherd: T do enjoy your columns on the Eco-logue page, and especially the last one. It is nice to know, that I am not lie only person not enchanted vith the County's 60-foot right- of way obsession. We had one of the prettiest roads around, until they started to "improve" it. The part they concentrated on runs through he center of my property- woods and trees on both sides. The few trees along the road ;Iiey were to cut ended up being n a whole-sale slaughter-- and lor two months I have been sallling them alone, for every tree they have left. My neighbors, of course, think T am slightly nuts! After all there are U of trees. This think any special place bo spared--f There is perhaps 500 whether I c to he sei P county few Springston Elkins. You'll general h through. $ champion. He Hill Reservoir, e South Carolina- ier, enroute to al weight Classic )S. 8 07.. ay, a Hot Springs, tackle salesman, st Classic in 1971 near Las Vegas, , Roland Martin, ells, a Greenbrier, , and Stan Sloan, Tenn. fishing lure arc among the qualifiers fishing h Classic finals. nateur" is Charlie 41-year old former basketball coach, , Mo. He was the al scorer in the smaster Chapter onship this year. sis include J o h n Springfield, Mo. e distributor; Bo alchitoches, La. r; Paul Chamblee, insurance agent; Dyersburg, Tenn. jets 'manufacturer; , Clinton, Miss. ds manufacturer; 3illy Primos, Jackson, Miss, estaurant owner; Russell Cook, Hollister, Mo. construction v o r k e r ; Bob Martin, Springfield, Mo. fishing guide; Ricky Clunn, Conroe, Tex. ;uide; Roger Moore, Spring- :ield, Mo. advertising salesman; Hugh Massey Murray, Ky. boat trailer manu- aclurer; Billy Weslmoreland, a 'ormcr Celina. Tenn. boat dock operator now in public relations 'or a tackle company; Don S h c a 1 y , Fayettcville, N.C. building supply store manager, and John Farr, Anderson, S.C. music store owner. The Classic contenders will fish from $7,000 identically rigged IG-ft. Ranger bass boats, outfitted with 85 h.p. Johnson outboarcls and all .the modern- day scientific tools, such as a Lawrance depth finder, surface temperature meter, oxygen meter and aerated live wells. A bonus ounce is awarded for each live bass over 12 inches long, weighed in. The bass are released alive. Each contestanl will be accompanied by a press- angler. The bass experts ' will be The Post anager Is Selected Corning National leries. This an- was made recently E. Black, Re- lorRus-e ' ang.Bi clor of the Ser- Y '·'· '. ' "' ' ' f* "WT i r¥ 1 , K vlV ;^ » j us to be their actice, to destroy n sight- and if you the beauty of the e you mention will orget it. one section of feet still untouched; an keep it or not en. This boulevard road builders are lally goes nowhere can only be fordec onths during the sh to take pictures the area it is the Ford Road east o '11 know it by the of a tornado going Dorothy J. Zilcr Elkin vice's Southeast R e g i o n . Anderson replaces R o b e r t D. Bryan, who retired June 8. A native of Farlington. Kansas, Mr. Anderson began nts career with the Service in 194 when he was employed on a .emporary basis to the positioi of fish culturisl al Ihe national iish hatchery at San AegelO. Texas. Subsequent assignments ncluded national fish hatcheries at San Marcos, Ft. Worth, Uvalde, and Austin, Texas; and Welaka, Florida. He is a graduate of the Service's former warmwater halchery Ir service Training School, whic was located al Marion, Alabama. He attended Kansas State Teachers College, Southwest Texas State Teachers Co lege, Uvalde Junior College, and North Texas State Teachers College. Anderson will be responsible [or the overall operation of the halchery complex with produces more than 244 million fish annually. The species of fish include small mouth and lai'ge- mouth bass, bhiegill, redear, channel calfisji, and striped bass for stocking farm ponds and other waters in Arkansas and Missouri. Anderson will reside a Mammoth Spring and assumed his new duties June 23. lowed an eight hour practice und on October 29, followed three rounds of competitive shing. The pros are limited four rod-reels and ten pounds related fishing lures and ems of their choice. Ray Scott, president of th» a s s Anglers Sportsman ociely, will reveal the tourna- cnt location aboard a charter i r 1 i n e r to "somewhere." lahorate cover-up plans are ade to keep the lake a secret. be qualifiers are restricted to 30-mile radius for practice shing during the four weeks rior to the Classic. All the Classic contenders are .-oven bass catchers, but ance seemingly has the edge the best-oMhe-best test. He nished second last year .at lark Hill. A missed big bass, lat shook his plastic worm, as the difference between inning $15.000 and nothing, here's no second place money this hook and line super, owl. H e r e are the Classic ualifiers, and final 1974 Bass .ngler - of - the - Year point landings: ANGLER, HOMETOWN Bill Dance--Tenn. 255 Ricky Green--Ark. 221 : Bobby Meador--La. 16« Roland Martin--Okla. 161 Tommy Martin--Tex. 155 Tom Mann -- Ala. 153 Elroy Krueger--Tex. U8 Al Lindner--Minn. 137 John Powell--Ala. 137 J.D. Skinner--Ala. 137 Glin Wells--Tenn. 133 Bobby Murray--Ark. 130 John Morris--Mo. 129 Bo Dowden--La. 128 Paul Cbanrolee--N.C. 122 Dave Hilton--Tenn. 118 Stan Sloan--Tenn. 115 Don Norton--Miss. 110 Billy Primes--Miss.106 Russell Cook--Mo. 103 Bob Martiin--Mo. 101 Ricky Clunn--Tex. 98 Roger Moore--Mo. 95 Hugh Massey--Ky. 89 Andy Sceurman--Ohio 87 Other Classic qualifiers-Rayo Breckenridge, Paragoutd; Ark., 1973 Classic winner; Billy Westmorland, Celicna, Tenn., '74 Florida Invitational winner: Don Sliealy; Fayetleville, N.C., winner Virginia Invitational;' John Farr, Anderson, S.C., All-" American winner at Clark Hill, S.C.-Ga; and Charles Campbell, Forsyth, Mo., high individual scorer of 1974 national Bass- master Chapter team tournament at Table Rock, Mo. (Points are based on 50 for 1st, 49 for 2nd place finish, etc. six pro tournaments conducted by BASS. Possible 300 points.) Alternate will fish Classic if lop 24 ranked angler is not abl« to participate. . live addition to game rooms ly so.nnn magazine. subscribers to the and sportsmen's dens or to GOOD/YEAR To Bow Hunters DEWITT- -- The White River National Wildlife Refuge will be open to the public for bow hunting of either sex deer and tur-. key October 16-30. A permit is required and may be obtained from hunting license dealers in Gillett, DeWitt, Tichnor, St. Charles, Ethel, Indian Bay, Marveli, Holly Grove, Wabash, Crumrod, Mellwood, West Helena, Helena, and in person at the refuge office, 704 S. Jefferson St.,'De\Vilt. Long bows only are legal, with a minimum p u l l of 40 pounds at 28 inches and arrows with % inch minimum width blades. One deer of either sex and one turkey of either sex may be taken. Hunters should have their game checked at a local wild- ire check station and also report their kill to the refuge of- 'ice. hunting and shooting club headquarters. Its large size also makes it a useful educational aid for those teaching courses on the outdoors. "Know Your Hunting Dogs' posters can be obtained by sending a check for $3.00 made out to Remington Sportsmen's Library to Dog Poster, Box 432, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06601. Previous posters can also be ordered 'at the same price by indicating preference for Duck Poster, Big Game Poster or Upland Bird Poster. BASS Suspends Two Anglers MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society announced today the suspension of two fishermen from competition in national tournaments, sponsored by BASS, for irregularities of rules following an investigation of the recent All- American BASS Tournament at Clark Hill Reservoir. Ray Scott, president of the 180,000 member fishing organization and sponsor of the professional BASS Tournarxmt Trail, said the ruling was made by the Society's Tournament Committee following a two- week investigation of reported violations of the strict code of BASS tournament rules. Wade Singleton, a 52-year old Arlington, Va. used car dealer, has been suspended from further participation in tournaments conducted by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, said Scott. Singleton was in .violation of the tournament rules for weighing in an illegal bass, a fish taken by other than sporting methods. He checked in a bass secured from a staked out basket. American Handicap Celebrated With Trophy Buckles To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Grand American Handicap, · and to provide tins year's participants with an exclusive remembrance of the occasion, the Remington Arms Company has produced a special limited edition trophy buckle. 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