LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission would like to remind everyone who received a mail-in fishing survey in March to please return it as soon as possible. According to Jason Olive, assistant chief of the AGFC Fisheries Division, responses to this survey are extremely important in how the AGFC will manage fisheries in the future.

“We sent 10,000 surveys to randomly selected Arkansas residents who purchased a license in 2016,” Olive said. “So far, our response rate has been a little low, so we’re hoping this reminder will spur some anglers to finish their survey and get them in. We’re serious about working with the anglers of Arkansas, but we need to know how they rate their current fishing experience and what will make it better.”

The surveys were sent by Mississippi State University, the third party who won the bid for the project. According to Olive no in-state agencies or institutions bid and Mississippi State has an excellent history in these sort of surveys. The survey is the first of three that will be conducted in the next few years to gauge trends in angling and better understand what anglers want when they visit a lake, river or stream in The Natural State.

“Even if someone thinks the survey won’t apply to them, we want their feedback,” Olive said. “We want to hear from all types of anglers that were selected – from the once-a-year angler to the die-hard angler who spends more time on the water than at work.”