ROCK (AGFC) – “The best things in life are free,” the old song tells us, and a
strong example is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Free Fishing
Weekend – noon on Friday, June 7, to midnight on Sunday, June 9.
licenses will be required for anyone in that period. Anyone includes
Arkansas residents, out-of-state residents and out-of-country residents.
No trout permits will be required either.
Free Fishing Weekend is an Arkansas tradition dating back to 1978.
have not fished before or if it’s been a long time since you tried it,
this is a fine chance to get a taste of what close to a million
kids may be curious about fishing, and they don’t need licenses anytime
if they are under 16 years old. You may be an angler, but the spouse is
more acclimated to shopping at a mall. Here is then chance to get her or
him into the pastime you enjoy. Yes, you may have to reciprocate with
some store time.
Where do you get the necessary gear for fishing, if you don’t have any?
twenty-dollar bill, you can visit a big box store and likely find a
packaged rod and reel plus hook, line and sinker.
Try some yard sales for fishing gear. This is a route to possible real bargains.
route to getting into fishing, however, is to go with a fisherman. You
will learn plenty, much more and much quicker than trying it on your
be bashful. Ask a relative. Ask a neighbor. Ask a co-worker to take you
fishing. This person may have the equipment you need for the day. You
can offer to buy the gasoline, buy lunch, buy the bait, whatever, in
out of 10, or perhaps 99 of a hundred, fishermen like to show others
what they have learned over the years. Pay attention, watch what the
experienced angler is doing, and you’ll pick up some valuable
real lesson in basic fishing, make an investment of spending a half-day
or a full day with a professional fishing guide. Yes, this costs money
but consider it something akin to spending a round on a golf course with
houses and fishing derbies for youngsters are planned at the state's
five fish hatcheries June 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information
on the derbies, phone the AGFC Fisheries Division office at
Youngsters 12 and under will be allowed to fish with the supervision of
an adult. Children may catch and keep up to three catfish (or three
trout at the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery). The derbies
will include casting contests and prizes.
Derbies will be at:
Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery, Hot Springs, 877-525-8606.
Charlie Craig State Fish Hatchery, Centerton, 877-795-2470.
William Donham State Fish Hatchery, Corning, 877-857-3876.
Joe Hogan State Fish Hatchery, Lonoke, 877-676-6963.
Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery, Mammoth Spring, 877-625-7521.