Trout Fishing at the Southfork River Therapy and Living Center

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Staff from the Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery recently visited the Southfork River Therapy and Living Center in Salem, Arkansas, to provide a fun-filled morning of Rainbow Trout fishing to its residents. Hatchery Biologist, Sara Seagraves and Maintenance Worker, Jonathan Sanders, took a load of Rainbow Trout, water, and a small round tank to the nursing home on May 16th. As the tank was being filled with water and stocked with trout, the residents began gathering around, anxiously awaiting their chance to catch the fish. Approximately half of the Center’s 61 residents participated in the event, but even those who didn’t fish enjoyed watching the festivities. After the fishing was done, the Center’s personnel, along with a few local volunteers, cleaned and prepared the fish for a fish fry to be enjoyed by all the residents. We’re grateful for opportunities like this to share the Service’s mission and provide fun fishing experiences to the local community. We hope the participants enjoyed the experience as much as we did and can’t wait to hear all the tall tales on our next visit!

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