Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 1, 2016
PHOTO BY: William Harvey

Kari McDaniel sits on the dock at Entergy Park on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs as she holds up the biggest fish she has ever caught. Beginning today, anglers will have the chance to hook tagged fish released in Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine through the Hot Springs Fishing Challenge, with prizes of up to $10,000.

Get hooked

Hot Springs Fishing Challenge offers prize catches

Jillian McGehee

Anglers have an opportunity to earn thousands in cash prizes in the fifth annual Hot Springs Fishing Challenge that begins today. The challenge will continue through July 31 on Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine. “Big Al” is back to entice anglers who have tried to catch him the past four years. Big Al is the name given to a fish bearing the lucky 2016 white tag, said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. Whoever catches this golden ti... READ MORE

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CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE TRI-LAKES AREA

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