LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission announced Thursday that it will waive all fishing license and trout license requirements in the state, effective Saturday, March 21 until Sunday March 29 at midnight, in response to school closings.
âFishermen have always practiced a type of ‘social distancing’,â said AGFC director Pat Fitts. âWe just call it ‘go fishing’. “
Only the license requirement has been lifted, with the exception of those whose fishing privileges are currently suspended. All other fishing regulations, including daily limits and length restrictions by species, will remain in effect.
âI hope this will provide some relief from the generalized anxiety that everyone is feeling,â said Andrew Parker, vice president of AGFC. âIt heeds the governor’s call to get out, to keep social distance, but to get out and enjoy the outdoors. The fresh air is good for everyone.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says this is currently one of the best times of year to fish in the wild, with white bass, walleye and crappie moving at shallow depths to spawn where they are. can be targeted by anglers. Largemouth bass also begin their annual spawning cycle.
In cooperation with Governor Asa Hutchinson, the AGFC voted in favor of the waiver at a specially called meeting on Thursday.
A video of the meeting is available on the AGFC YouTube page.
A list of brochures, including Fish Recipes and AGFC’s Beginner’s Guide to Fishing, is available at www.agfc.com/brochures.