Free Friday: Free Fishing Weekend

You don’t need a lot of money to have a good time in Arkansas. There are ample thinks to see and do that don’t cost a cent.  Each Friday I’ll focus on something fun that is free. Be sure and check each week for a new attraction.
Kerry Kraus


What an opportunity – whether you’re a visitor or a resident. From noon today until midnight on Sunday, you can fish for free in Arkansas and it includes trout fishing. It’s the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Free Fishing Weekend June 11-13. All regulations for waters in Arkansas apply: daily limits, slot limits and length limits.

Saturday, June 12, brings free Kids’ Fishing Day for ages 12 and under at the five Arkansas Game and Fish five fish hatcheries from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each pond is stocked with “catchable sized” fish before the derbies begin, according to the agency. Participants must bring their own tackle and bait; there is a limit of three fish per child and one rod or pole per child. AGFC recommends they bring something to sit on, cameras, refreshments, sunscreen and hats. Alcoholic beverages not allowed.

In addition to AGFC sites, several Arkansas State Parks also celebrate Free Fishing Weekend. Check for information.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Fish Hatcheries locations for the Free Fishing Derbies are:

Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery
23 Joe Hogan Lane
Phone: 877-676-6963
C.B. Craig State Fish Hatchery
977 West Fish Hatchery Road
Phone: 877-795-2470
Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery
350 Fish Hatchery Road
Phone: 877-525-8606
William Donham State Fish Hatchery
3587 Hwy 67 West
Phone: 877-857-3876
Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery
895 Hwy. 342
Phone: 877-625-7521

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