ARKANSAS -- Area anglers will be happy to learn that the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is again sponsoring the popular free fishing weekend. This year's free fishing days will be from noon Friday, June 11, until midnight, Sunday, June 13.
During free fishing days, both Arkansas residents and nonresidents may fish anywhere in the state without fishing licenses or trout permits. All regulations for Arkansas waters apply and daily limits, slot limits and length limits must be observed.
"This annual tradition sponsored by the AGFC and approved by Governor Hutchinson gives many people the opportunity to enjoy the amazing angling The Natural State has to offer," according to the Commission's website.
In addition to lifting the license requirement, the AGFC has stocked nearly 50 family and community fishing locations across the state and will host fishing derbies at the four state hatcheries, including the Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery at Centerton, for young anglers and their families. The derbies were not held in 2020 due to coronavirus concerns.
Fishing derbies will be held on Saturday, June 12, from 8 a.m. until noon. Derby participants must register in advance. Due to covid restrictions, there is a cap on the number of attendees. Registration is required for an admission ticket which is needed for entry to the derby. Registration is mandatory since space is limited. Contact the state fish hatchery near you for details on its derby.
Each child must be supervised by an adult. Kids may catch and keep up to three catfish. New rules this year will allow adults to fish with their children.