Arkansas Free Fishing Weekend runs from noon on Friday, June 7, until Sunday evening at 11:59 p.m. Arkansas State Parks provides access to 18 rivers and 25 lakes with everything from black bass to stripers. Full-service marinas and boat docks are available, offering boat rentals, fishing supplies, fuel and more.


According to a press release by Arkansas State Parks, the weekend is sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and is an annual event in June that allows everyone in the state, both residents and non-residents, to fish without needing a license or trout stamp. Regular daily limits and fishing regulations remain enforced.


“Arkansas Free Fishing Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for families, friends, and nature enthusiasts to reconnect with the great outdoors and experience the thrill of fishing in The Natural State,” Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism Secretary Shea Lewis said. “Whether casting a line from the shore of a tranquil lake or wading through a babbling stream, Arkansas offers endless possibilities for unforgettable fishing adventures.”


Some of the lakes highlighted in the release include:

  • Lake Greeson at Daisy State Park: Anglers fishing at Lake Greeson can catch stripers, black bass, crappie, bream, catfish and smallmouth in the lake’s famous clean, clear waters.
  • Lake Chicot State Park: The largest natural lake in Arkansas and the largest oxbow lake in North America, Lake Chicot offers 20 miles of beautiful waters, a favorite with anglers throughout the year.
  • Bull Shoals-White River State Park: Bull Shoals-White River State Park is famous for its world-class trout fishing. Serviced by the riverside marina and store, fishermen can rent a boat and buy bait, tackle and supplies. 
  • Lake Charles State Park: This lake boasts the largest number of 20-inch bass caught in Northeast Arkansas. From March through October, the visitor center offers a full line of bait and tackle.


To further engage fishing enthusiasts, Arkansas State Parks encourages individuals to visit and explore beginner fishing videos under “Fishing” and “Outdoor Skills.” Following Free Fishing Weekend, fishing enthusiasts can conveniently purchase licenses online at or through the free AGFC mobile app.


Photo Credit: Arkansas State Parks
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