2009 Free fishing weekend in Arkansas

Noon, Friday, June 12, until midnight, Sunday, June 14

Residents and nonresidents may fish this weekend without fishing licenses or trout permits. Regulations for Arkansas waters apply: daily limits, slot limits and length limits must be observed.

Kids' Fishing Day at the Commission's five fish hatcheries is Saturday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Each pond will be stocked with catchable-size fish before the fishing derby begins.

Bring fishing tackle and bait.

Also recommended: something to sit on, cameras, refreshments, sunscreen and hats. There is no charge for fishing derbies.
Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

Kids' Fishing Derbies will be held at the following Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fish hatcheries:

Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery
Berry Beavers, Hatchery Manager
Lonoke (877) 676-6963

Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery
Tommy Laird, Hatchery Manager
Centerton (877) 795-2470

Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery
Don Brader, Hatchery Manager
Hot Springs (877) 525-8606

William Donham State Fish Hatchery
Jeff Newman, Hatchery Manager
Corning (877) 857-3876

Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery
Melissa Jones, Hatchery Manager
Mammoth Spring (877) 625-7521