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Water BodyBig Spring
LocationIn Cotter, at the AGFC access to the White River, from its source to the confluence with the White River, unless otherwise specified 
Area Specific Regulations

Catch-and-release area

  • Trout must be released immediately.
  • Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used (natural or scented baits are not allowed).
  • Chumming is not allowed.
  • Anglers may use no more than one fishing rod or pole, and must attend it at all times. No other devices may be used to catch fish.
  • Fishing is allowed from sunrise to sunset.
  • Only youths under age 16, accompanied by an adult, and disabled anglers may fish Big Spring.
    • Adult disabled anglers must carry proof that they are 100 percent permanently and totally disabled and possess a valid AGFC sport fishing, lifetime fishing, or combination hunting and fishing license, and a valid trout permit.
  • No fishing in the "swimming hole" upstream of Big Spring as designated by signs.
  • No motorized boats are allowed in Big Spring.
  • Fishing derbies must be permitted in writing by AGFC District 2 Fisheries Biologist, and can include fishing with natural or scented baits, and harvest of trout.