Kings River sends SOS to save smallmouth bass

The late Kings River guide J.D. Fletcher and his son, Jeff, float the Kings in June 2010. Jeff Fletcher followed in his dad's footsteps and has guided on the stream for decades. He has noticed lower water levels and poorer fishing these days.
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The late Kings River guide J.D. Fletcher and his son, Jeff, float the Kings in June 2010. Jeff Fletcher followed in his dad's footsteps and has guided on the stream for decades. He has noticed lower water levels and poorer fishing these days. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Flip Putthoff)


Kings River isn't the stream it used to be, some anglers and floaters say. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission agrees.

Over the years, floods have eaten away at shorelines that are devoid of vegetation and caused erosion.