For one weekend a year in Arkansas, folks 16 years of age and older aren’t required to have a fishing license or trout permit to fish The Natural State. Arkansas’s annual Free Fishing Weekend will run from noon Friday through midnight Sunday night. Children under 16 don’t need a license anytime to fish, but this special weekend is a perfect time for adults and kids to get out together on Arkansas’s water sources.
If you’re looking to get the kids on a near sure-thing fishing experience, Ben Batten, the AGFC’s assistant chief of Fisheries, suggests visiting one of the AGFC’s five fish hatcheries from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The hatcheries will be holding derbies for anglers 12 and under. Each child must be supervised by an adult. Kids may catch and keep up to three catfish (or three trout at the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery). In addition to fishing fun, participants also will be able to compete in casting contests and win prizes for fish caught.
Check out this video about Arkansas’s Free Fishing Weekend