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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. Our efforts include sampling fish populations, aquatic habitat improvements, setting harvest restrictions and stocking thousands of pounds of fish each year.
We stock many community ponds with channel catfish in the warmer months and rainbow trout in winter. We hold kick-off events at select urban locations and beginner fishing clinics in select cities prior to our kick-off events. Hundreds of rods and reels are awarded annually to children that attend the fishing clinics, or are given away as door prizes at kick-off events.
Rules and Regulations
Regulations (daily limits, age requirements and length limits) for Family and Community Fishing Program locations differ from other Arkansas lakes. Before heading out for a day of fishing, make sure you are aware of the regulations for each area you may fish. Take a look at the Fishing Guidebook and familiarize yourself with the regulations pertaining to fishing in Arkansas.
Family and Community Pond Stocking
Thousands of pounds of 14-18-inch channel catfish are stocked every two to four weeks at all Community Fishing Destinations from April through September.
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.