Arkansas Game & Fish Waives Fishing License Through March 29

by Charlotte Purdy

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, in cooperation with Governor Asa Hutchinson, announced on Thursday, March 19, that fishing license requirements will be waived until Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21 and running until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, anglers will be able to fish and not have to provide a valid fishing license or trout permit.

During this time when people are encouraged to stay home and not gather in large groups, it was decided that allowing the free fishing week to allow people to get outside and enjoy the outdoors as long as preventative measures are taken.

Arkansas Game & Fish stated that "#fishingisthenewsocialdistancing." AGFC Director Pat Fitts stated "Being outdoors in the fresh air is healthy and it's the perfect remedy for cabin fever and the restlessness that may come from being cooped up at home." Fitts encourages everyone to look at the current situation as a time to reconnect with nature, get outside, and build lasting fishing memories.

All fishing regulations will remain in place, including daily limits and length restrictions by species. Although it is a waived license week, those whose fishing privileges are currently suspended will not be able to fish.

Now is the perfect time to load up your tackle boxes, put new string in your fishing poles and head out to your favorite fishing spots, as some of the best fishing of the year is occurring across the state. Largemouth bass, White bass, Walleye and Crappie are beginning their annual spawning cycle and the warmer weather makes for a more comfortable fishing experience.