Cedarville High School Fish Habitat Project at Lake Fort Smith

The Northwest Arkansas Fish Habitat Alliance worked with Cedarville High School, the City of Fort Smith, AGFC, and MossBack Fish Habitat to conduct a fish habitat project on Lake Fort Smith. High school students from Cedarville constructed the fish habitat and helped sink it in the lake. A total of 19 large MossBack structures were placed in two areas of the lake. Students also learned about fisheries management on the lake and obtained valuable experience in sampling fish with electrofishing. This project is the first of many in which the Alliance will be working with local high schools and local businesses to improve fish habitat in local lakes. We have to give a big thank you to MossBack Fish Habitat for donating $7,800 of fish habitat for the Cedarville High School Project.

Cedarville High School students sinking Mossback fish habitat at Lake Fort Smith, AR.
Cedarville High School students assembling Mossback Fish Habitat to sink in Lake Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The next project will be on Lincoln Lake with Lincoln High School, and funds for the MossBack Fish Habitat for the Lincoln project came from the Arkansas Striped Bass Association and AGFC.

Plans are to conduct up to 7 habitat projects on the following lakes, and we are looking for funding partners. If interested in donating contact the Northwest Arkansas Fish Habitat Alliance at nwahabitat@gmail.com.

Proposed Habitat Projects with High Schools and Youth Fishing Clubs:

  • Beaver Lake—Youth Fishing Federation
  • Bob Kidd Lake—Prairie Grove High School
  • Lincoln Lake—Lincoln High School
  • Lake Fort Smith—Cedarville High School
  • Siloam Springs City Lake—Siloam Springs High School
  • Swepco Lake—Siloam Springs High School
  • Lake Leatherwood—Eureka Spring High School

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