Summer Events at Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery

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Summer Events at Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery

2016 Fishing Event

Summer Events at Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery


This summer the hatchery is hosting a couple of events geared toward youth anglers and their families: one is our annual kids fishing derby Saturday, June 10th and the other is our Fishing Friday events beginning June 23, through July 14th.    This summer program is a wonderful time for all of us and the summer youth programs are greatly appreciated as we usually have around 600 kids participate in the derby and approximately 150 for the fishing Friday programs. (Thanks, Melissa Jones, AG&FC)

Kids Fishing Derby – Saturday, June 10 • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free fishing for anglers up to 12 years old.
895 Arkansas Highway 342 • Mammoth Spring
Fishing Fridays
June 23,  June 30, July 7, July 14 • 9-11 a.m.
Free fishing for anglers 6-14 years old.
Fishing skill instructions. Limit of 3 rainbow trout.
Children must be accompanied by an adult and bring their own fishing equipment. No live bait. Anglers are encouraged to register by calling the hatchery at 877-625-7521.

Summer is a special time for all youth, a break from school, and families’ time to do things together, outside in our beautiful Natural State of Arkansas!  Join us!! Tell them Ginger sent you!


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Ginger Smith joined OGTC a couple of years ago as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, and says they are her greatest joys on earth. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.