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Why Learn to Fish?

Fishing is an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, but it’s also great to do on your own to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Fishing in Arkansas can be as simple as grabbing a cane pole, line and hook and digging up some worms for bait in the garden, or it can be as in-depth as studying weather patterns and purchasing thousands of dollars of equipment. But the only wrong way to fish is by not going.

Beginners Tips and Equipment by Species

The type of fish you are after determines a lot of the equipment you’ll need and how to get started. Below, you’ll find a links to the most popular types of fish with Arkansas anglers. Click on one to learn more.

Bluegill Bream Channel Catfish White Crappie Largemouth Bass Rainbow Trout

Bream Fishing


Crappie Fishing

Bass Fishing

Trout Fishing

Popular Fishing Knots

Fishing line requires special knots to hold the hook or lure securely when a fish is pulling against you. Click on these three links to learn knots that will cover any fishing situation. Practice them at home, so you don’t waste fishing time trying to remember how to do it.

Places to Fish

Once you’ve learned some of the basics, it’s time to find a stretch of water and get your line wet. Arkansas is blessed with more than 600,000 acres of lakes and 90,000 miles of streams, rivers and creeks. There’s bound to be some water within a stone’s throw of your home. Click the links below to find some water and get started fishing.

Beginners Fishing Guide

Want to learn more about fishing? Download the free Beginners Fishing Guide produced by the AGFC Aquatic Resources Education Program.

Preparing Fish for a Meal

After you’ve enjoyed a relaxing day on the water, bring your fish home and prepare a healthy meal with your catch. Click below to learn how to pan dress fish and get them ready for the fryer.

AGFC Fishing Programs

The AGFC offers many programs to help get anglers started. Click below to learn more.

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