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.

Fish Hatcheries in Arkansas

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and state game and fish commission work together to stock fish in Arkansas waters via hatcheries throughout the state. Fish hatchery tours are fun and educational for adults and children.

Established in 1965, the Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery produces rainbow trout for stocking in the cold tailwaters of Greers Ferry Dam, as well as below other dams and in suitable reservoirs. This hatchery is located at 349 Hatchery Road in Heber Springs. (501) 362-3615

Opening in 1957, the Norfork National Fish Hatchery is a cold water hatchery that primarily produces trout for the tailwaters below Norfork and Bull Shoals dams. More than 2 million rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout for stocking are raised throughout Arkansas and surrounding states annually from this hatchery. The Norfork hatchery is located at 1414 Hwy. 177 S. in Mountain Home. (870) 499-5255

State owned and operated hatcheries include:

Andrew H. Hulsey State Hatchery (Warm water) Hot Springs

C. B. "Charlie" Craig State Hatchery (Warm water) Centerton

Jim Collins Net Pen (Warm water) Mount Ida

Jim Hinkle Spring River State Hatchery (Cold water) Mammoth Spring

Joe Hogan State Hatchery (Warm water) Lonoke

Lake Wilhelmina Caged Fish Facility (Warm water) Mena

Pot Shoals Caged Fish Facility (Cold water) Yellville

Wm. H. Donham State Hatchery (Warm water) Corning

Including trout, the fisheries stock more than 20 million fish in Arkansas every year.

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