Statewide Lengths and Daily Limits 

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Check your destination in a current Arkansas Fishing Guidebook for area-specific regulations. Area-specific information also is listed at the following link:

Where to Fish

For species where there is no limit, the aggregate bag limit does not apply.

For bowfishing, gigging and bullfrogs, daily limits are measured from noon to noon during their respective seasons. See a current Arkansas Fishing Guidebook or click the link below for seasons and dates.

Technique-specific Regulations

Sport Fish Daily Limit

Species Additional Information Daily Limit
Alligator Gar No alligator gar greater than 36 inches may be taken from noon, May 1-noon, July 1, statewide. A permit is required, which is available at regional offices. 1
Black Bass Largemouth, spotted, smallmouth combined. There are no statewide length limits for largemouth or spotted bass. 10
Smallmouth Bass Length limit in Ozark zone is 12 inches long; otherwise, length limit is 10 inches long. See Map of Ozark Zone. 4
Rock Bass Rock bass, Ozark bass and shadow bass, combined 10
Bream Bluegill, redear, longear, warmouth and other sunfishes combined. No daily limit on bream shorter than 4 inches. 50
Catfish Channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish, combined. No daily limit on bullhead catfish. 10
Crappie Black crappie and white crappie, combined. 30
Tiger Muskie   6
Paddlefish   2
Pickerel   6
Sauger   6
Saugeye   6
Shovelnose Sturgeon Length limit is 21 inches or longer; harvest restricted between the main levees of the Mississippi River. No limit
Striped Bass Includes hybrid stripers and striped bass, combined. 6
Trout Rainbow trout, brown trout, cutthroat trout and brook trout, combined. Trout length limit and daily limit regulations differ between trout fisheries. Please check the area you will be fishing here. If your destination is not listed, statewide regulations apply to that area. 5
Walleye   6
White Bass   25
Yellow Bass   No limit
Limit Definition Amount
Daily Limit The total limit of a certain fish species that may be taken in one day.
Possession Limit

The maximum number of a certain fish species allowed in a person's possession at any time, whether on their person or stored in another location. Fish that have been processed and are stored at a person's legal residence do not count toward their possession limit.

Double Daily Limit
Snagging Limit   Half Daily Limit
Spearfishing Limit   Half Daily Limit

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