To get a fishing license in Arkansas for 2024, residents and non-residents 16 and older must purchase an annual or temporary license from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). License options include annual, multi-day trip, and trout permits for both residents and non-residents at varying costs.

This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about obtaining your Arkansas fishing license, including types of licenses, detailed fees for 2024, exemptions, where to purchase licenses, and key regulations to follow. Let’s dive in!

Who Needs an Arkansas Fishing License?

In Arkansas, anyone 16 years of age or older is required to have a valid fishing license to fish in public waters, with a few exceptions. This applies to both residents and non-residents of the state.

Arkansas Fishing License Types and Costs

Arkansas offers the following fishing license options for 2024:

Resident Licenses:

License TypeCost
Annual Fishing$10.50
3-Day Trip$6.50
7-Day Trip$10.00
Lifetime (65+)$10.50
Disabled Fishing$3.50

Non-Resident Licenses:

License TypeCost
Annual Fishing$60.00
3-Day Trip$30.00
7-Day Trip$40.00

Trout Permits (Required for Trout Fishing):

  • Resident: $10.00
  • Non-Resident: $20.00

Note: License fees are set by the AGFC and subject to change. Always verify current pricing.

Where to Purchase Arkansas Fishing Licenses

You can get your Arkansas fishing license through:

  • Online on the AGFC website – Print a temporary license immediately after purchasing.
  • By phone at 1-800-364-GAME (4263)
  • In-person from over 1,000 authorized license vendors across the state, including:
    • Walmart
    • Academy Sports
    • Gander Outdoors
    • Most sporting goods/outdoor stores
    • Bait shops and marinas

Your official plastic license will arrive by mail within 7-10 business days after buying online or by phone.

Exemptions to the Arkansas License Requirement

You do not need an Arkansas fishing license if:

  • You are under 16 years old.
  • You are an Arkansas resident 65 years or older (Lifetime license still required).
  • You are a 100% Permanently Disabled Arkansas Resident (Must apply for Disabled License Exemption).
  • You are an Arkansas resident currently on active military duty and on leave with valid military ID.
  • You are fishing in waters completely contained on private property you own.

Arkansas Fishing Regulations

Along with having a valid fishing license, anglers must also follow all Arkansas fishing regulations, including:

  • Statewide limits on species like Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Catfish, etc.
  • Special regulations for certain bodies of water like the White River, Lake Ouachita, etc.
  • Approved fishing methods and banned practices
  • Trout area rules and catch limits

Be sure to check the Arkansas Fishing Guidebook each year for any regulation updates before fishing, as rules can change annually.

Can I purchase an Arkansas fishing license for someone else?

Yes, you can purchase a license as a gift for someone else. You’ll need to provide their personal information, such as name, address, and date of birth, during the purchase process.

What happens if I lose my fishing license?

If you lose your hard copy license, you can request a replacement through the AGFC website or by calling their toll-free number. There may be a small fee for replacement licenses.

Do I need a fishing license to fish on private property in Arkansas?

If you are fishing in waters completely enclosed by private property, and you have permission from the property owner, you do not need a fishing license. However, if the water is accessible to the public, a license is required.

How long is an annual fishing license valid?

An annual fishing license is valid for one year from the date of purchase, not necessarily the calendar year.

Can I use my Arkansas fishing license in other states?

No, an Arkansas fishing license is only valid for fishing within the state of Arkansas. If you plan to fish in other states, you’ll need to obtain the appropriate licenses for those locations.

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