In cooperation with Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the Fish and Game Commission voted during a special meeting March 19 to waive all fishing license and trout permit requirements for residents and nonresidents March 21 through March 29.
The special waiver is in response to the extended spring break by many schools and voluntary measures suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to practice social distancing to slow the spread of the Coronavirus currently affecting the world.
Only the license requirement has been waived for all persons, except those whose fishing privileges are currently suspended; all other fishing regulations, such as daily limits and length restrictions by species, remain in place during this time.
The announcement comes just as some of the best fishing of the year is occurring in The Natural State. White bass, walleye and crappie are moving shallow to spawn where they can be targeted by anglers from shore as well as by boat. Largemouth bass also are beginning their annual spawning cycle, which stimulates their feeding and makes them easier to catch.
Brochures which include fish recipes and a Beginners Fishing Guide, are available online.