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Fishing Derby Program

The Fishing Derby Program provides a positive fishing experience for beginners of all ages. The AGFC co-sponsors these events with organizations such as civic clubs, municipalities, other government agencies, churches, schools and nursing homes. Sponsors recruit volunteers and provide a public derby site. The Commission stocks the site with fish and provides technical guidance for the event. For advice on how to host a successful family-friendly event, and additional derby requirements click on the Derby Application Packet link below.

Catfish derbies are held between March 15-October 31.

  • New or first-time derbies | Submit online Form 1 (below) at least 60 days before the derby date. No new derbies will be accepted with a date between May 15 and June 15. No exceptions.
  • Annual or repeat derbies | Submit online Form 1 (below) by December 15. If you have not received your derby confirmation letter within 45 days of request submission, please call the Fishing Education office at 501-255-3687.
  • Derby Application Packet | Rules and Guidelines,Things to Remember, Helpful Tips for a Successful Event
  • Form 1-A | If your derby is located at one of the following ponds, your organization must complete and return this form at least 30 days prior to the derby:
    • Cabot: Cabot Community Pond
    • Hot Springs: Entergy Park Pond, Family Park Pond
    • Little Rock: Boyle Park Pond, Hindman Park, MacArthur Park
    • Mayflower: Camp Robinson Firing Range Pond

Fishing Education Program Contact

Phone: 501-255-3687

Address: 23 Joe Hogan Lane, Lonoke, AR 72086