It’s Free Fishing Weekend

Want to try fishing and see how you like it before you spend the money to buy a license? Then grab a fishing rod and head to your nearest lake or stream this weekend. By special proclamation of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, anyone – resident or nonresident – may fish without a license or trout stamp from noon, Friday, June 12, to midnight, Sunday, June 14, 2015.


Regulations for Arkansas waters apply: daily limits, slot limits and length limits must be observed. Visit for a free download of the 2015 Arkansas Fishing Guidebook.

In addition to the license waiver, each AGFC hatchery has reserved special locations for free kids’ fishing derbies from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 13. Children 12 and younger may bring their own tackle and bait to their local hatchery to catch and keep up to three fish per child.

Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery

23 Joe Hogan Lane | Lonoke


C.B. Craig State Fish Hatchery

977 West Fish Hatchery Road | Centerton


Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery

350 Fish Hatchery Road | Hot Springs


William Donham State Fish Hatchery

3587 U.S. Hwy. 67 West | Corning


Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery

895 Ark. Hwy. 342 | Mammoth Spring