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Eldridge wins the Elite Final

Ronnie Eldridge won the season-ending Beaver Lake Elite Series Championship held October 15-16 in Beaver Lake. His total of 10 bass over two days weighed 29.14 pounds. He weighed five bass on the first day which weighed in at 10.46 pounds. Eldridge followed that up on day two with five basses weighing 18.68 pounds. His second day catch was anchored by a 6.18 pound largemouth bass, which was a big bass for the event.

Mike White placed second with 10 basses weighing 24.46 pounds. White had a big bass on day one at 5.01 pounds. David Louks finished third with 10 bass at 23.03 pounds.

Fourth through 10th, all with 10 bass, were: fourth, Curt Clark, 22.82; fifth, Jared Gobel, 21.21; sixth, Travis Harriman, 20.44; seventh, Steven Meador, 20.10; eighth, Kent Rogers, 19.96; ninth, Kirk McClelland, 19.91; 10th, Warren Edwards, 19.58

Walkers visit Eureka Springs

The Ozark Hill Hikers, affiliated with the American Volkssport Association, invite all walkers to join in a walk Wednesday in Eureka Springs. Registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, 207 W. Van Buren St.

The walk will begin and end at the Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect Ave., where participants can choose a 5 or 10 kilometer route. Membership dues for Ozark Hill Hikers are $12 per year, pro-rated $1 for each month remaining in the calendar year. For more information, email bvvohh@gmail.com or call (479) 381-9366.

Take and hike to White Rock

Hill ‘N Dale Hiking Club will be hiking Nov. 4 to White Rock Creek Falls on White Rock Mountain. The hike is six miles round trip. It is possible to hike the 2 mile White Rock Mountain Rim Trail.

All hikers are welcome. Interested persons should contact Bev Mustermann, 479-721-2193, munster@olemac.net for more information. Visit bvhikingclub.com for club information.

Cruise to see eagles

Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area will begin pontoon boat cruises Nov. 5 to see bald eagles on Beaver Lake. Trips depart on Saturdays and Sundays through February. Additional dates have been added in December during the Christmas season on December 23 and 27-31.

The cost is $15 plus tax for adults or $7.50 plus tax for children 6-12 years old. Trips depart at 3:00 p.m. from Rocky Branch Marina. Reservations are required and can be made through the park by calling the Visitor Center, (479) 789-5000.

Explore Logan Springs

The Ozark Society Sugar Creek Chapter and The Nature Conservancy will host an outing and work session at Logan Springs Preserve near Siloam Springs at 9:30 a.m. on November 10. All are welcome. Membership in the Ozark Society is not required.

Activities include a hike, a picnic by the spring, lake or pond, and invasive species removal. The carpool will take place at 9 a.m. in front of the Illinois Watershed Partnership Learning Center in Cave Springs. Or meet at 9:30 a.m. at the reserve, 15300 Osage Hill Road in Siloam Springs. Bring lunch, work gloves and water. Tools will be provided.

Trails are temporarily closed

Most trails in the Hobbs State Park Conservation Area will be closed for limited permit deer hunts on select days in November, December and January. The trails will be closed November 16-20, December 7-11 and January 7-8. Closed trails include Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail, Monument Trails Wolf Den and Karst Loop, Shaddox Hollow, Sinking Stream, and Pigeon Roost.

At 12,000 acres, Hobbs is the largest state park in Arkansas and the only state park in Arkansas that allows hunting.

Striper labels that are worth the money

Tagged striped bass were released into Beaver Lake as part of an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission striped bass study. Anglers catching a tagged striper can redeem the tag for a $100 reward.

Cut the tag near the fish and call (479) 295-3765 and include the tag number, if the fish was caught or released, the date caught, the length of the fish, and the location in the lake where he was captured. Tags can be mailed or returned to the Game and Fish Northwest Arkansas Fisheries Office, 2805 W. Oak St., Rogers, Ark. 72758.

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