Vacation Fishing Trips in Arkansas

With The Natural State's four distinctive seasons and moderate weather, even during the winter months, Arkansas has some of the best year round fishing available, which makes the Natural State ideal for vacation fishing trips.

Families & Fishing

Family fishing vacations can be great family bonding experiences. Children get a chance to discover the great outdoors and a new hobby. Parents can end up with a fishing buddy for life.

When introducing kids to fishing, take into consideration that children have a short attention span. When they end up skipping rocks instead of casting their line, share in that moment too. Try to pick locations with a high likelihood of success. To them, catching a few fish of any kind is as exciting as one big fish. Pick a spot that's easy to get to and pack extra clothing. More than likely, children will get dirty and maybe even wet on such an outing. Keep it simple when it comes to tackle and rods and reels. Have some patience and reel in those family memories.

Numerous state parks, hatcheries and other venues hold fishing derbies for kids throughout the year. Check out the calendar of events for this great way to introduce a child to the sport.

Family vacation fishing is fun, and a free fishing weekend is held by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission each June. During this select weekend, residents and nonresidents may cast a line without fishing licenses or trout permits. Regulations for Arkansas waters still apply: daily limits, slot limits, and length limits. Numerous parks and hatcheries throughout the state hold free fishing derbies for kids in conjunction with free fishing weekend. Check the Calendar of Events for derbies in your area.

The Family & Community Fisheries Program of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission enhances and creates destinations in urban areas, so that excellent fishing is easily available to all Arkansans. AG&FC stocks various locations with channel catfish in the warmer months, and rainbow trout in the winter months. Agency staff hold kick-off events, beginner fishing clinics, and award hundreds of rods and reels to children annually.

Get information on fish hatcheries in Arkansas.

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