Family and Community Fishing Program 

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The Family and Community Fisheries Program enhances and creates destinations in urban areas, so excellent fishing is available within a stone’s throw of all Arkansans.

In addition to habitat improvements, we stock many community ponds with channel catfish in summer and rainbow trout in winter. We hold fishing events, beginner fishing clinics and tagged fish contests at selected cities throughout the year.

Catfish Stocking
Thousands of pounds of 14-18-inch channel catfish are stocked every two to four weeks at all Community Fishing Destinations from March through October. A list of additional fish stockings may be found here.  

Trout Stocking
More than 65,000 catchable-sized rainbow trout are stocked each winter from November through March across the state in Family and Community Fishing Program destinations. While most trout average just under a pound, a few 2-5 pounders are stocked each year. Most locations are stocked on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. 

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