Arkansas Fishing Licenses
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If you are 16 years or older, a fishing license is required to take or attempt to take game fish, turtles or frog 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.
To find out if you need a commercial license, call 501-223-6386 for commercial fishing regulations.
24 hours a day - 7 days a week
In Little Rock
from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm
A resident is any person who has established a bona fide or actual residence for at least sixty days prior to applying for a license, and who declares intentions of becoming a citizen of Arkansas.
Also, the following students (who must carry proof of full-time enrollment in schools, colleges or universities while hunting or fishing in Arkansas) are eligible to purchase a resident licenses; Resident foreign exchange students attending school outside of Arkansas; nonresident foreign exchange students attending school in Arkansas; residents of Arkansas enrolled as full-time students in colleges and universities outside of Arkansas; and nonresidents enrolled as full-time students in colleges and universities in Arkansas.
Ownership of Arkansas real estate by a person living outside the state does not qualify the owner as a resident.
Active duty servicemen and women permanently assigned in Arkansas are granted resident privileges for hunting and fishing. Active duty 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. Residency requirements for commercial fishing licenses are more stringent.
One year from the date of purchase unless it is athree, seven, or 14-day license.
The following licenses are available from the
Commission's Little Rock Office. To apply in person, bring proof of
your age, such as a driver's license, birth certificate, or military
record. in addition, bring proof of Arkansas residency of at least
one year's duration. If you would rather apply by mail or need more
information, call 1-800-364-4263 (or 501-223-6388 in the Little Rock area)
during office hours.
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Resident 65-Plus Lifetime License
This license is sold only to residents of
Proof of age and proof of residency for 60 days must be furnished. Failure to provide acceptable documentation will result in a delay in processing.
$35.50 for 65-Plus Lifetime Combination License (Hunt &
Please note: Any attempt at falsification in the proof of
the person’s age or their
Commission Code 01.00-C defines a “Resident” for the below purposes as a person who:
65 Plus Lifetime Licenses: Any person who has established a bona fide or actual residence of at least 60 days prior to applying for a license, and has declared citizenship in Arkansas.
Please Note: A photocopy of your
Other Examples/Options Include:
The following additional documents may be used for the proof of age requirement:
a. Birth Certificate or
We cannot guarantee the return of original documents. A photocopy of the methods of proof (both age and residency) should be enclosed with payment and a long self-addressed stamped Envelope. Questions concerning this form can be answered Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 1-800-364-4263 or (501) 223-6388.
Lifetime License Section
3-Year Disability License
Resident 3-Year Disability Fishing License ($10.50) entitles all totally and permanently disabled persons privileges of the Resident Fisheries Conservation License. A trout permit must also be purchased to retain trout or to fish in certain waters. Certification will be accepted from Social Security, Veteran's Affairs or Railroad Retirement. Proof of one year Arkansas residency is required. Valid for three years from date of purchase, recertification is required for license renewal.
Resident 3-Year Disability Combination License ($35.50) entitles all totally and permanently disabled persons privileges of the Resident Sportsman's License (hunting) and the Resident Fisheries Conservation License (fishing). HIP registration is required to hunt migratory game birds. To hunt waterfowl, state and federal waterfowl stamps are required in addition to HIP. A trout permit must also be purchased to fish in certain waters. Certification will be accepted from Social Security, Veteran's Affairs or Railroad Retirement. Proof of one year Arkansas residency is required. Valid for three years from date of purchase, recertification is required for license renewal.
These two licenses are available from the Commission's Little Rock office or by mail. Applications and information are available by calling 1-800-364-4263 or (501) 223-6388 in the Little Rock area Monday-Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
You may not legally:
|On Arkansas Game and Fish Commission lakes and access, you may not legally, unless otherwise noted:|
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is a school-based program that provides students with a positive alternative to drug use and other harmful behaviors. It stresses healthy life skills such as developing respect for oneself, the community, and the environment in the context of aquatic education.
Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs is targeted toward students in the 5th through 8th grades in Arkansas. Teachers, school administrators or others interested in learning more about the program may contact the program coordinator at
Gordon Bagby, Program Coordinator
Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs is a national program of the Future Fisherman Foundation. In Arkansas, it is a joint effort of Governor Huckabee's office, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Arkansas Department of Education.
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