Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Biologist

The Fisheries Biologist of the Arkansas Game And Fish Commission.

Sometimes we forget when we catch a trophy stripers from Lake Ouachita that it was first seen by a AGFC biologist.
The Striped Bass does not naturally reproduce in Arkansas Lakes.
The stockings are the results of dedication biologists and staff that work behind the limelight in Arkansas and don't get enough credit for the tremendous fishing and hunting we enjoy in Arkansas.

These men and women spend countless days and nights working enduring weather conditions that keep the ordinary human tucked indoors talking about the memories they have created due to the biologists' efforts in the stocking and management programs.

The supervising biologist responsible for the striped bass program is District 8 Biologist Brett Hobbs at the Hulsey Fish Hatchery managed by Steve Lewis outside Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The next time you see one of the Biologist's AGFC trucks in your area take a moment to say
"Thank You"

For the work they do providing us the chance to create Memories of a Life Time.

Quarterly Fisheries Districts Newsletters

Ask AGFC a
800-364-4263 /  501-223-6300

Ben Batten - 

AGFC Assistant Fisheries Chiefs:
Region 1 North AR:
Region  2 South AR:
Jason Olive -

10 Fisheries Districts in Arkansas

District 1 - Rogers, AR:  877- 631- 6005
District Supervisor:
Jon Stein -
Kevin Hopkins -

District 2 - Mountain Home, AR: 877- 425 -7577
District Supervisor:
Jeremy Risley
: Paul Port
Management Biologist: Cody Wyatt

District 3: Jonesboro, AR: 877-974-5438
District Supervisor:
Brett Timmons
Biologist: -
Casey Cox

District 4: Brinkley, AR: 877-734-4581
District Supervisor:
Justin Homan
Biologist :
Micah Tindall

District 5: Monticello, AR: 877-367-3559
District Supervisor:
Dianna Andrews
Diana Andrews

District 6: Camden, AR: - 877-836-4612
Andy Yung -

District 7: East Hope, AR: 877-777-5580
District Supervisor:
Eric Brinkman
Biologist :
Les Claybrook

District 8: Hot Springs, AR: 877-525-9063
Quarterly newsletters
District 8 is part of Region 2:
Quarterly newsletters South AR. Assistant chief of fisheries -
District Supervisor:
Brett Hobbs -
Sean Lusk -

The Following report was provided by Brett Hobbs Fisheries Biologist AG&FC
Lake Ouachita Striped Bass Nursery Pond Stocking Program.

BiologistSean Lusk -
Sean Lusk: Threadfin shad: The Good the Bad or the Ugly

Colton Dennis -
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Black Bass Program
Blackbass News Letter

District 9: Russellville, AR: 877-967-7757
District Supervisor:
Frank Leone
Kris Nault

District 10: Mayflower, AR: 877-967-7577
District Supervisor:
Tom Bly
Mathew Schroeder
Management Biologist: Matt Horton -

Chief Information Officer
Mark Vaught

Mountain Home Office 201 E. 5th Street - Mountain Home, AR  (877) 425-7577
Jeff Williams Trout Management Supervisor: -
Paul Port Trout Management Biologist: - - Has moved over to work as an assistant biologist with AGFC District 2 Fisheries
Christy Graham Trout Management Biologist:-

Newsletter of the Arkansas Stream Team

Fish Pathology Newsletter:
Kelly Winningham, Pathologist -

Jim Collins - Lake Ouachita Net Pen Facility Quarterly Newsletter

Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Program Update

AGFC State Fish Hatcheries

Joe Hogan Hatchery
Manager Jason Miller

Andrew Hulsey Hatchery
Manager Don Brader
Assistant Hatchery Manager Steve Lewis

Charlie Craig Hatchery
Manager Tom Laird
Assistant Hatchery Manager Heath Dake

William Donham Hatchery
Manager Jeff Newman

Jim Hinckle Spring River Fish Hatchery
Manager  Melissa Jones

Lake Wilhelmina Net Pen
Manager Ronnie Richardson

Jim Collins Net Pen Manager
Alex Gilbert  -

Pot Shoals Net Pens
Manager Rob Underdown

Aquatic Resources Coordinator Jimmy Barnett
Assistant Coordinator Lea White

Pathologist Jon Stein


Spring River Hatchery
Manager Melissa Jones
Assistant Manager Michael Lewis

Bull Shoals Net Pen
Manager John Stewart

Trout Biologist Darrell Bowman
Assistant Biologist Stan Todd

State Coordinator Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs
Gordan Bagby

AGFC - Commissioners.

The Commission consists of seven Arkansans appointed by the governor to seven-year terms.
An eighth, non-voting, member sits as Chair of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s Department of Biology.
It is the sole responsibility of the Commission to oversee the agency’s function as a wildlife management entity.

Ford Overton - Commission Chairman | 2012-2019

Governor Mike Beebe named Ford Overton of Little Rock to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 2012.
Overton replaced George Dunklin of DeWitt.

Overton's term will expire July 1, 2019.

Little Rock, AR
501-978-6508 |


Ken Reeves - Commission Vice Chairman | 2013-2020

Governor Mike Beebe named Ken Reeves of Harrison as commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 2013.

Reeves’ term will expire June 30, 2020.

Harrison, AR
870-754-9086 |


Andrew Parker - AGFC Commissioner | 2014-2021

In July, 2014, Andrew was appointed to a seven-year term on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and is an advocate for the protection and enhancement of the State’s natural areas for the benefit of the State and its hunting and fishing enthusiasts.
Parker’s term will expire July 1, 2021.
He replaces Ty Patterson of Texarkana whose term expired.

Arkansas State Chamber, 1200 West Capitol Ave., Little Rock, AR 72201
501-210-4202 |


Joe Morgan - AGFC Commissioner | 2015-2022

Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Joe Morgan of Little Rock and Stuttgart to serve on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 2015.
This was the Hutchinson’s first appointment to the commission.

Morgan’s term will expire in 2022.
He replaces Ron Duncan of Springdale whose term expired in June.

Little Rock, AR
501-425-5977 |


Bobby Martin - AGFC Commissioner | 2016-2023

Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed Bobby L. Martin of Rogers to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on July 7, 2016.

Martin’s term will expire in 2023.
He replaces Emon Mahony, whose term expired in June.

Rogers, AR
479-366-9221 |


Stan Jones - AGFC Commissioner | 2017-2024

Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Stan Jones of Clover Bend to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on July 11, 2017. 

Jones’ term will expire in 2024.
He replaces Fred Brown of Corning, whose term expired in June.

Alicia, AR 72410
870-886-3000 |


John David “J.D.” Neeley - AGFC Commissioner | 2018-2025

Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed John David “J.D.” Neeley of Camden to serve on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on July 2, 2018.

Neeley’s term is set to expire July 1, 2025.
He replaces Steve Cook, former chair of the AGFC, whose term expired July 1, 2018.

Camden, AR
870-836-5981 O | 870-818-4102 M |


Dr. Steven J. Beaupre - AGFC Commissioner, Ex-Officio

Steve Beaupre is a professor and chair of the department of biological sciences at the University of Arkansas. He received his master’s degree from the department of zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1987. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. After two years of post-doctoral work for Arizona State University-West Campus in Glendale, he accepted a position at the University of Arkansas in 1995. His primary area of research concerns the physiological ecology of reptiles, and the influence of environmental change on their populations. His work is widely published in books and scientific literature, and his research was recognized by a Fulbright College Master Researcher Award in 2009. Beaupre served as the 2012 president of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. He is a passionate outdoors enthusiast, enjoying hunting, fishing, backpacking and field research in deserts, mountains and forests of the United States.

University of Arkansas, Science and Engineering Building, Room 601
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479-575-3787 |


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