Event Details 

TitleFree Fishing Weekend (Statewide)
Date06/09/2017 - 06/11/2017
TimeNoon, Friday, June 9, until midnight, Sunday, June 11
Event TypeAnnual Event
Free Fishing Weekend, derbies scheduled June 9-11
Free Fishing Days begins this weekend. From noon Friday, June 9, through midnight Sunday night., June 11. No angler will need a fishing license or trout permit to fish anywhere in Arkansas.

If you’re looking to get the kids on a near sure-thing fishing experience, Batten also suggests visiting one of the AGFC’s five fish hatcheries from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 10.

The hatchery derbies are for anglers 12 and under. Each child must be supervised by an adult. Kids may catch and keep up to three catfish (or three trout at the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery). In addition to fishing fun, participants also will be able to compete in casting contests and win prizes for fish caught.

Contact the hatchery nearest you for details on its derby:
  • Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery, Hot Springs, 877-525-8606.
  • Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery, Centerton, 877-795-2470.
  • William Donham State Fish Hatchery, Corning, 877-857-3876.
  • Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery, Lonoke, 877-676-6963.
  • Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery, Mammoth Spring, 877-625-7521
FeeConservation Sales Tax There is no fee for this program thanks to your support of the 1/8 Cent Conservation Sales Tax.