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Arkansas Fishing Regulation FAQ's

The information listed here is provided courtesy of the State of Arkansas. This is an interpretive summary of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fishing regulations and contains those rules that affect the average angler. The following is not a legal document. For a complete listing of official regulations including commercial fishing, turtling, baitfish, mussel-taking and fish farming, obtain a copy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Regulations, available by calling 501-223-6351.

What must I have to fish legally in Arkansas? If you are 16 years or older, a fishing license is required to take or attempt to take fish, frogs, minnows or musses in Arkansas, unless you are fishing in a licensed "put and take pay lake." The license must be carried with you. You may not possess a license that belongs to someone else or one that has been altered, backdated or counterfeited. If you are a nonresident, you may not possess a resident license. If you guide, aid or assist someone else in fishing for hire, you must have a guide license.

How do I get the licenses I need? You can buy licenses at many sporting goods stores, hunting and fishing supplies stores, some discount chains, many boat docks, directly form the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Little rock office or you can call 1-800-364-GAME (1-800-364-4263), at any time. If you intend to order by phone, please have your VISA or MASTER CARD and driver's license number ready. Your hunting or fishing privileges will become effective immediately and your license will arrive in the mail in a few days.

Do I qualify for a resident license? A resident is someone who has established an actual residence at least 60 days prior to applying for a license and who declares his or her intentions of becoming a citizen of Arkansas. Also considered as residents are nonresidents enrolled as full-time students at colleges and universities in Arkansas and carrying proof of full-time enrollment while hunting or fishing. Possession of Arkansas real estate by a person living outside the state does not qualify the owner as resident. Servicemen and women stationed (permanently assigned) in Arkansas are granted resident privileges for hunting and fishing. Servicemen and women who were Arkansas residents at the time of entering service are also granted resident privileges for hunting and fishing, regardless of where they are currently stationed.

Do I need a license to fish on my own land? Yes

How long is my fishing license good for? Unless it is a 3, 7, or 14 day license, one year from the date of purchase.

How do I replace a lost license? You may be able to get a replacement for a lost license at a reduced cost. Call 501-223-6349 for details.

LICENSES AND FEES
Seasonal Licenses

CS $35.50 Resident Combination Sportsman's License entitles the holder to the privileges of a Resident Sportsman's License (hunting) and a Resident Fisheries Conservation License (fishing). A resident trout permit must also be purchased to fish in certain waters.
FSH $10.50 Resident Fisheries Conservation License entitles the holder to fish the waters of the state with non-commercial tackle. A resident trout permit must also be purchased to fish certain waters.
RT3 $6.50 Resident 3-day Trip Fishing License entitles the holder to fish the waters of the state with non-commercial tackle for the 3 day period specified. A resident trout permit must also be purchased to fish in certain waters.
TPR $5.00 Resident Trout Permit is required to fish in certain waters in addition to a Resident Fisheries Conservation License, a Resident Trip License, a Resident Combination Sportsman's License or a Lifetime Fishing License. Not required for holders of the non-expiring $1000 Lifetime Resident Hunting and Fishing Sportsman's Permit. No trout stamp will be issued.
TPN $7.50 Nonresident Trout Permit is required of a nonresident to fish in certain waters in addition to a Nonresident Annual Fishing License, a Nonresident 3-Day Trip Fishing License or a Nonresident 14-Day Trip Fishing License. No trout stamp will be issued.
NF $30.00 Nonresident Annual Fishing License entitles a nonresident to fish the waters of the state with non-commercial tackle. A non resident trout permit must also be purchased to fish in certain waters.
NT3 $10.00 Nonresident 3-Day Trip Fishing License entitles a nonresident to fish the waters of the state with non-commercial tackle for the 3 day period specified. A nonresident trout permit must also be purchases to fish in certain waters.
NT7 $15.00 Nonresident 7-Day Trip Fishing License entitles a nonresident to fish the waters of the state with non-commercial tackle for the 7 day period specified. A nonresident trout permit must also be purchases to fish in certain waters.
N14 $20.00 Nonresident 14-Day Trip Fishing License entitles a nonresident to fish the waters of the state with non-commercial tackle for the 14 day period specified. A nonresident trout permit must also be purchases to fish in certain waters.
GLF $25.00 Guide License, Fishing is required of any person who guides, aids or assists another person, for pay or other consideration, in taking any species of fish.


LIFETIME LICENSES

The following licenses are only available from the Commission's Little Rock Office. If you wish to apply in person, bring proof of your age, such as a driver's license, birth certificate etc. If you would rather apply by mail, call 1-800-364-4263.

65 Plus Lifetime Fishing License $10.50
65 Plus Lifetime Fishing License entitles persons 65 years of age and older the privileges of the Resident Fisheries conservation License.

65 Plus Lifetime Combination License $35.50
65 Plus Lifetime Combination License entitles persons 65 years of age and older the privileges of the resident Sportsman's License (hunting) and the Resident Fisheries Conservation License (fishing).

Non-Expiring Lifetime Resident Hunting and Fishing Sportsman's Permit $1000.00
Non-Expiring Lifetime Resident Hunting and Fishing Sportsman's Permit entitles purchasers of any age to the privileges of the Resident Sportsman's License (hunting) and the resident Fisheries Conservation License (fishing). Annual trout and state waterfowl permits are included.