This weekend marks Free Fishing Weekend in Arkansas, as proclaimed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson. And as part of the big weekend, five AGFC hatcheries throughout the state will be hosting free fishing derbies for children ages 15 and under on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., so it's a great opportunity for parents (or grandparents, or aunts and uncles) to introduce fishing to the kids. And on this weekend, NO ONE NEEDS A LICENSE.

Free Fishing Days begins at noon Friday, June 8, and runs through midnight Sunday night. No angler will need a fishing license or trout permit to fish anywhere in Arkansas.

At Saturday's free derbies, each child must be supervised by an adult. Kids can catch and keep up to three catfish (or three trout at the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery). Along with fishing, participants can compete in casting contests and win prizes for fish caught.

Contact the hatchery nearest you for details on its derby: 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; and the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery, Mammoth Spring, 877-625-7521. 


6-7-18 6:22 a.m. kawx.org

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