Arkansas Free Fishing Weekend Set for June 7-9

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announces Free Fishing Weekend to be held from noon on Friday, June 7, to midnight on Sunday, June 9. No licenses will be required for anyone in that period, including Arkansas residents, out-of-state residents, and out-of-country residents. No trout permits will be required as well.

Free Fishing Weekend is an Arkansas tradition dating back to 1978. If you have not fished before or if it’s been a long time since you tried it, this is a fine chance to get a taste of what close to a million Arkansans already enjoy.

The kids may be curious about fishing, and they don’t need licenses anytime, if they are under the age of sixteen. You may be an angler, but the spouse is more acclimated to shopping at a mall. Here is then chance to get her or him into the pastime you enjoy.

Open houses and fishing derbies for youngsters are planned at the state’s five fish hatcheries on June 9th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the derbies, phone the AGFC Fisheries Division office at 501-223-6371.

Kids aged 12 and under will be allowed to fish with the supervision of an adult, and children may catch and keep up to three catfish (or three trout at the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery). The derbies will include casting contests and prizes.

Derbies will be at:

Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery, Hot Springs, 877-525-8606.
Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery, Centerton, 877-795-2470.
William Donham State Fish Hatchery, Corning, 877-857-3876.
Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery, Lonoke, 877-676-6963.
Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery, Mammoth Spring, 877-625-7521.

For more information about Arkansas Free Fishing Weekend, contact the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission or visit their website at