One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or, in this case, it might be that one family’s dried up, leftover 2013 Christmas tree that is dropping more and more pine needles onto the living room carpet is actually a hidden treasure to the State of Arkansas.
Ask any Arkansas fisherman and you’ll get a multitude of answers about how they feel when it comes to underwater structure. Anglers may curse those logs and branches that snag their brand new lures, but they know that structure can be the key to a successful outing.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is asking that those leftover Christmas trees be used to help improve the state’s fisheries by dropping the trees off at several sites around the state. AGFC community fisheries biologist Ben Batten says that studies have shown that fish utilize underwater structure for cover.
"These trees are some of the best natural forms of underwater structure. Crappie, bass, bluegills and other fish will often use the trees to hide in and around," Batten said.
The Christmas trees provide cheap, but quality underwater structures. They are easy to place in ponds and lakes, and they last for several years, Batten said. "More importantly, their limbs offer something to fish of all shapes and sizes," he explained.
These Christmas tree drop-off locations are still available:
• Lake Pickthorne in Jacksonville near the boat ramp.
• Arkansas River – Alltel Access underneath the I-30 Bridge in North Little Rock.
• Lake Willastein in Maumelle.