Arkansas Game and Fish has announced the annual Free Fishing Days to begin at noon Friday, June 7, and run through midnight Sunday, June 9.
Multiple fishing derbies will be held across the state as well including two in the area.
According to an Arkansas Game and Fish press release, no angler will need a fishing license or trout permit to fish anywhere in Arkansas during the Free Fishing Days event.
The release states “residents and nonresidents may fish this weekend without fishing licenses or trout permits,” however, regulations for Arkansas waters apply such as daily limits, slot limits and length limits which all must be observed.
In addition, the AGFC will co-sponsor multiple fishing derbies throughout the state with one in Ashley County and one in Union County just over the county line.
Terra Bennett with Arkansas Game and Fish said that US Fish and Wildlife is hosting a derby on June 8 at Locust Ridge Pond off of Highway 82 near the Ashley and Union County line.
Bennett said there will be a second derby in the area on June 15 at Lake Georgia Pacific.
The Fishing Derby Program strives to provide a positive fishing experience for children, senior citizens and physically challenged individuals.
The AGFC co-sponsors these events with organizations such as civic clubs, municipalities, other government agencies, churches, schools and nursing homes.
The AGFC’s co-sponsors recruit volunteers and provide the site and the commission stocks the site with fish for the event.
Saturday’s derby at Locust Ridge Pond will begin at 7 a.m. and is for youth ages 5-15. Registration for the event will begin at 6:30 a.m. and fishermen must bring their own bait.
The Lake GP Derby scheduled for June 15 will begin at 7 a.m. with registration at 6:30 a.m. Children ages 3-15 years old will be eligible to fish, but there will be “food, fun and prizes,” for the whole family including a bouncy house.
Cindy Craig is the contact person for the Lake GP derby at 870-364-2503 and Amanda Williamson is the contact person for the Locust Ridge Derby.