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Regulations for Flowing Waters

ARKANSAS RIVER (AND CONNECTING WATERS ACCESSIBLE BY BOAT): Largemouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep. Striped and hybrid bass combined daily limit is 10. Game fish may only be snagged when fishing from a boat between the downstream entrance point of a lock structure and 100 yards below a lock and dam. Trotlines may not be used from a lock and dam downstream to the nearest arrival point navigation marker.

Entire length of Arkansas River (within the Corps of Engineers Project boundary, including below Dam #2 to the Yancopin railroad bridge, but excluding the Arkansas Post Canal: 10 channel catfish under 16-inches long may be taken in addition to the daily limit.

From 100 yards below any dam and within the outlet channels of Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative at Barling and the Murray Hydroelectric Plant at North Little Rock: Fishing is limited to a single hand-held rod or pole, to taking scaled rough fish with bow and arrow or to taking shad with a hand-held net for personal use.

From 100 yards below Dardanelle Dam to Highway 7: Open to fishing with rod or pole only (scaled rough fish may be taken by gigging or bowfishing).

From 100 yards below Dam #2 to the mouth of Morgan Cutoff: Open to fishing with rod or pole only (scaled rough fish may be taken by gigging or bowfishing).

From 100 yards below Dam #2 to the boat launching ramp immediately below the dam: Snagging game fish is legal while fishing from a boat.

In the Arkansas and White River Navigational Canal Dam No. 1 (Norrell Dam) and the lower guardwall of the dam: Vessels may not be operated except when the tailwater elevation exceeds 104 msl and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signs are covered.

BAYOU BARTHOLOMEW, from Highway 35 in Drew County to Little Bayou: Pregnant women, women who may get pregnant, breast-feeding women, and children under the age of seven should not eat fish from these waters because of mercury contamination. Others should limit their consumption of bass, pickerel, catfish, crappie, gar or bowfin to two meals per month and should not eat bream, drum, buffalo, redhorse or suckers.

BAYOU METO, upper: Do not eat fish (dioxin contamination).

BAYOU METO, from Highway 11 to the Arkansas River: Largemouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

BEAVER TAILWATERS: see White River

BIG CREEK TRIBUTARY, from Magnolia to Big Creek, (Columbia County): Closed to fishing (PCB contamination).

BIG PINEY CREEK, from Highway 359 to the Arkansas River: Largemouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

BUFFALO RIVER: (Ozark Zone Blue Ribbon Stream) Smallmouth bass daily limit is two and must be at least 14-inches long to keep. Outboard motors may not be used on the Buffalo River upstream from Erbie Ford, nor larger than 10 horsepower from Erbie to the White River.

CADDO RIVER, above Lake DeGray: (Ouachita Zone Quality Stream) Small-mouth bass daily limit is two and must be at least 12-inches long to keep.

CADRON CREEK, from the weir to the Arkansas River: Largemouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

CHAMPAGNOLLE CREEK, including Little Champagnolle from Highway 4 to the Ouachita River: Pregnant women, women who may get pregnant, breast-feeding women, and children under the age of seven should not eat fish from these waters because of mercury contamination. Others should limit their consumption of bass, pickerel, catfish, crappie, gar or bowfin to two meals per month but may eat other fish without restriction.

CROOKED CREEK: (Ozark Zone Blue Ribbon Stream) Smallmouth bass daily limit is two and must be at least 14-inches long to keep.

CUT-OFF CREEK, from Highway 35 in Drew County to Bayou Bartholomew: Pregnant women, women who may get pregnant, breast-feeding women, and children under the age of seven should not eat fish from these waters because of mercury contamination. Others should limit their consumption of bass, pickerel, catfish, crappie, gar or bowfin to two meals per month and should not eat bream, drum, buffalo, redhorse or suckers.

DORCHEAT BAYOU, Nevada County to Louisiana border: Pregnant women, women who may become pregnant, breast-feeding women, and children under age seven should not eat fish from this body of water because of mercury contamination. Others should not eat largemouth bass longer than 16 inches and no more than two meals per month of pickerel, catfish, crappie, gar, bow-fin, largemouth bass (shorter than 16 inches) or other species of bass.

DRY RUN CREEK: (Outflow from Norfork National Fish Hatchery) Open to fishing by properly licensed disabled individuals and youths under 16, from sunrise to sunset. Only artificial lures with one single barbless hooking point per pole may be used (no marshmallows, salmon eggs, or moldable substances such as POWER BAIT, POWER EGGS or Zeke’s Gold type baits). All trout caught must be immediately released unharmed to the stream.

ELEVEN POINT RIVER, from Missouri state line to the confluence of the Spring River, state law prohibits boat motors larger than 25 hp.

FROG BAYOU, from I-40 to the Arkansas River: Largemouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

FOURCHE LA FAVE RIVER, from 100 yards below Nimrod Dam to the Highway 7 bridge: Open to fishing with rod or pole only (scaled rough fish may be taken by gigging or bowfishing).

From Nimrod Dam to the South Fourche: Do not eat more than two meals per month of largemouth bass longer than 16 inches because of mercury contamination. Pregnant women, women who may become pregnant, breast-feeding women, and children under age seven should not eat largemouth bass longer than 16 inches. Other fish may be eaten without restriction.

From Highway 113 to the Arkansas River: Largemouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

HORSEHEAD CREEK, from I-40 to the Arkansas River: Largemouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

ILLINOIS BAYOU, from Highway 7 to the Arkansas River: Largemouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

KINGS RIVER: (Ozark Zone Quality Stream) Smallmouth bass daily limit is two and must be at least 14-inches long to keep.

LAGRUE BAYOU, within 1500 feet in any direction of the confluence the White River: Water-skiing is not allowed.

LITTLE MAUMELLE RIVER, from Pinnacle Mountain State Park to the Arkansas River: Largemouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

LITTLE MISSOURI RIVER, above Lake Greeson: (Ouachita Zone Quality Stream) Smallmouth bass daily limit is two and must be at least 12-inches long to keep.

from Lake Greeson to Ouachita River: CATCH-AND-RELEASE AREA for smallmouth bass.

from Lake Greeson Dam to the mouth of Muddy Fork Creek: Open to fishing with rod or pole only.

Greeson tailwaters to Highway 27 bridge: You may use no more than two fishing rods and must attend them at all times.

LITTLE PINEY CREEK, from Highway 359 to the Arkansas River: Large-mouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

LITTLE RED RIVER, South Fork (Johnson Hole): Do not eat largemouth bass longer than 16 inches because of mercury contamination. Other fish may be eaten without restriction.

from Greers Ferry Dam to Highway 305 bridge: Trout permit required. Brown trout daily limit is four, only one of which may exceed 21- inches long. All brown trout measuring from 16-inches to 21-inches long must be released unharmed to the stream. You must fish with rods or poles only. You may use no more than two fishing rods and must attend them at all times.

LITTLE RED RIVER, Greers Ferry Tailwaters (from head of Cow Shoals to mouth of Canoe Creek): SEASONAL CATCH-AND-RELEASE AREA - From October 1 through December 31, only artificial lures with one single barbless hooking point per pole may be used (no marshmallows, salmon eggs, or moldable substances such as POWER BAIT, POWER EGGS or Zeke’s Gold type baits). All trout caught must be immediately released unharmed to the stream.

Greers Ferry Tailwaters (from Dunham to Mossy Shoals): CATCH-AND-RELEASE AREA - Only artificial lures with one single barbless hooking point per pole may be used (no marshmallows, salmon eggs, or moldable substances such as POWER BAIT, POWER EGGS or Zeke’s Gold type baits). All trout caught must be immediately released unharmed to the stream.

MAUMELLE RIVER, from Lake Maumelle Dam to the Arkansas River: Large-mouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER, between the levees: Crappie, black and white, combined daily limit is 50. No limit on catfish.

MORO CREEK AND BAY, Highway 160 to the Ouachita River: Pregnant women, women who may get pregnant, breast-feeding women, and children under the age of seven should not eat fish from these waters because of mercury contamination. Others should limit their consumption of bream, drum, buffalo, redhorse or suckers to two meals per month and should not eat bass, pickerel,
catfish, crappie, gar or bowfin.

MULBERRY RIVER: (Boston Mountain Zone Quality Stream) Smallmouth bass daily limit is two and must be at least 12-inches long to keep.

from I-40 to the Arkansas River: Largemouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

NORTH FORK RIVER, below Norfork Dam to White River: Trout permit required. You may only fish with rods or poles. You may use no more than two fishing rods and must attend them at all times. Chains or other objects capable of destroying aquatic vegetation may not be dragged.

below Norfork Dam (from Otter Creek to 100 yards above River Ridge): CATCH-AND-RELEASE AREA - Only artificial lures with one single barbless hooking point per pole may be used (no marshmallows, salmon eggs, or mold-able substances such as POWER BAIT, POWER EGGS or Zeke’s Gold type baits). All trout caught must be immediately released unharmed to the stream.

OUACHITA RIVER, South Fork: (Ouachita Zone Quality Stream) Smallmouth bass daily limit is two and must be at least 12-inches long to keep.

upstream from River Bluff Access: (Ouachita Zone Quality Stream) Smallmouth bass daily limit is two and must be at least 12-inches long to keep.

within 300 feet below Carpenter Dam (Lake Catherine): Personal floatation devices must be worn by every boater in this reach. Boaters must exit this area immediately when the siren sounds prior to hydropower generation.

oxbow lakes, backwaters, overflow lakes and borrow ditches between Camden and the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge border: Anglers should not eat bass, flathead catfish, pickerel, gar or bowfin because of mercury contamination. Other fish may be eaten without restriction.

within Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge: Pregnant women, women who may get pregnant, breast-feeding women, and children under the age of seven should not eat flathead or blue catfish, pickerel, gar, bowfin, drum, largemouth bass (13 inches or longer) or other species of bass because of mercury contamination. Others should not eat flathead catfish, gar, bowfin, drum, pickerel or large-mouth bass (over 16-inches long) or other species of bass and should not eat more than two meals per month of largemouth bass (13-inches to 16-inches long) or blue catfish. Other fish can be eaten without restriction.

PALARM CREEK, from I-40 to the Arkansas River: Largemouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

PETIT JEAN RIVER, from Pontooon Boat Ramp at Highway 154 to the Arkansas River: Largemouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

PINEY (See BIG PINEY or LITTLE PINEY)

PLUM BAYOU, from Highway 79 to the Arkansas River: Largemouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

POINT REMOVE CREEK, from Highway 113 to the Arkansas River: Large-mouth bass must be at least 15-inches long to keep.

SALINE RIVER, including its four headwater forks: (Ouachita Zone Quality Stream) Smallmouth bass daily limit is two and must be at least 12-inches long to keep.

from Highway 79 (Cleveland County) to Stillions Bridge: Pregnant women, women who may get pregnant, breast-feeding women, and children under the age of seven should not eat flathead or blue catfish, gar, bowfin, drum, pickerel, red-horse (20 inches or longer), largemouth bass (13 inches or longer) or other species of bass because of mercury contamination. Others should not eat blue or flathead catfish, gar, bowfin, drum, pickerel, redhorse (over 20-inches long), largemouth bass (over 16-inches long) or other species of bass and should not eat more than two meals per month of largemouth bass (13-inches to 16-inches long). Other fish may be eaten without restriction.

from Stillions Bridge to the Ouachita River: Pregnant women, women who may get pregnant, breast-feeding women, and children under the age of seven should not eat flathead or blue catfish, pickerel, gar, bowfin, drum, largemouth bass (13 inches or longer) or other species of bass because of mercury contamination. Others should not eat flathead catfish, gar, bowfin, drum, pickerel or large-mouth bass (over 16-inches long) or other species of bass and should not eat more than two meals per month of largemouth bass (13-inches to 16-inches long) or blue catfish. Other fish may be eaten without restriction.

SPAVINAW CREEK, east of Highway 59 in Benton County: Trout permit required. CATCH-AND RELEASE AREA - Only artificial lures with one single barbless hooking point per pole may be used (no marshmallows, salmon eggs, or moldable substances such as POWER BAIT, POWER EGGS or Zeke’s Gold type baits). All trout caught must be immediately released unharmed to the stream.

SPRING RIVER: (Ozark Zone Quality Stream) Smallmouth bass daily limit is two and must be at least 14-inches long to keep.

SPRING RIVER: from mouth of spring to Many Islands Camp: You may use no more than two fishing rods and must attend them at all times.

from Dam #1 to the mouth of Myatt Creek: Open to fishing with rod or pole only from 100 yards below the dam.

SPRING RIVER, SOUTH FORK: (Ozark Zone Quality Stream) Smallmouth bass daily limit is two and must be at least 14-inches long to keep.

WHITE RIVER, from Beaver Lake Dam to Highway 62 bridge: Paddlefish daily limit is two. Trout permit required. Open to fishing with rod or pole only. You may use no more than two fishing rods and must attend them at all times.

from Beaver Lake Dam, (from the Corps of Engineers “No Fishing Beyond This Point” sign downstream) to the first Corps boat ramp on the left descending bank: From April 15 to June 15, snagging game fish is legal. Snagging must be discontinued once half the daily limit of trout has been taken.

from .5 mile below Beaver Lake Dam to 100 yards above Parker Bend: CATCH-AND-RELEASE AREA - Only artificial lures with one single barbless hooking point per pole may be used (no marshmallows, salmon eggs, or moldable substances such as POWER BAIT , POWER EGGS or Zeke’s Gold type baits). All trout caught must be immediately released unharmed to the stream.

from Bulls Shoals Dam to Highway 58 bridge at Guion: Trout permit required. Open to fishing with rod or pole only from 100 yards below the dam. You may use no more than two fishing rods and must attend them at all times.

from 100 yards below Bull Shoals Dam to the upstream boundary of Bull Shoals State Park: CATCH-AND-RELEASE AREA - Only artificial lures with one single barbless hooking point per pole may be used (no marshmallows, salmon eggs, or moldable substances such as POWER BAIT , POWER EGGS or Zeke’s Gold type baits). All trout caught must be immediately released unharmed to the stream. Closed to fishing from November 1 through January 31.

from the upstream boundary of Bull Shoals State Park to its downstream boundary: SEASONAL CATCH-AND-RELEASE AREA FOR BROWN TROUT - From November 1 through January 31, only artificial lures with one single barbless hooking point per pole may be used (no marshmallows, salmon eggs, or moldable substances such as POWER BAIT , POWER EGGS or Zeke’s Gold type baits). All brown trout caught must be immediately released unharmed to the stream. No fishing from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise during November 1 through January 31.

WHITE RIVER, Rim Shoals (near Cotter) from mouth of Jenkins Creek to the first electric powerline downstream: CATCH-AND-RELEASE AREA - Only artificial lures with one single barbless hooking point per pole may be used (no marshmallows, salmon eggs, or moldable substances such as POWER BAIT, POWER EGGS or Zeke’s Gold type baits). All trout caught must be immediately released unharmed to the stream.

from the first wing dike below the Mt. Olive access area to 100 yards below Jack’s Trout Dock Resort: CATCH-AND-RELEASE AREA - Only artificial lures with one single barbless hooking point per pole may be used (no marshmallows, salmon eggs, or moldable substances such as POWER BAIT, POWER EGGS or Zeke’s Gold type baits). All trout caught must be immediately released unharmed to the stream.

within the 100 yard bank fishing area below Dam 1 at Batesville: Paddlefish daily limit is two.

within 1500 feet in any direction of the confluence of LaGrue Bayou and White River: water-skiing is not allowed

Bay Town/Indian Bay area: water-skiing is not allowed where signs are posted.

in the Arkansas and White River Navigational Canal between Dam No. 1 (Norrell Dam) and the lower guardwall of the dam: Vessels may not be operated except when the tailwater elevation exceeds 104 msl and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signs are covered.