Which License Do I Need to Fish for Game Fish in Arkansas?

In Arkansas, individuals aged 16 or older are required to have a valid fishing license to take or attempt to take aquatic wildlife, unless fishing in a licensed "put-and-take" pay lake. A variety of licenses are available depending on your specific needs, residency status, and the type of fish you're targeting.

Trout

To fish for or retain trout in Arkansas, specific permits are required, especially when fishing in designated trout waters:

  • Combination Sportsman’s License (CS): Includes the privileges of the Resident Sportsman’s License and the Resident Fisheries Conservation License, valid through June 30. Cost: $35.50.
  • Resident Fisheries Conservation License (FSH): Allows a resident to fish with sport fishing tackle. Cost: $10.50. Requires an additional Resident Trout Permit to retain trout or fish in certain waters.
  • Resident 3-Day Trip Fishing License (RT3): Entitles a resident to fish for a specified three-day period. Cost: $6.50. Requires an additional Resident Trout Permit to retain trout or fish in certain waters.
  • Resident Trout Permit (TPR): Necessary for residents to retain trout or to fish in certain waters. Cost: $10.00.
  • Nonresident Trout Permit (TPN): Required for nonresidents to retain trout or to fish in certain waters, in addition to a Nonresident Annual or Trip Fishing License. Cost: $20.00.
  • Alligator Gar Fishing Permit (AGP): Required for fishing alligator gar. Free, but requires an additional Trophy Tag to harvest gar over 36 inches.
  • Nonresident Annual Fishing License (NRF): Allows nonresidents to fish with sport fishing tackle for a year. Cost: $60.00. A Nonresident Trout Permit is also necessary to retain trout or fish in certain waters.
  • Nonresident 3-Day Trip Fishing License (NT3): Entitles a nonresident to fish for a three-day period specified. Cost: $30.00. Requires a Nonresident Trout Permit to retain trout or fish in certain waters.
  • Resident Fishing Guide License (GLF): Required for residents who guide, aid, or assist in taking fish for pay or other consideration. Cost: $25.00.
  • Nonresident Fishing Guide License (GNF): Required for nonresidents who guide, aid, or assist in taking fish for pay or other consideration. Cost: $500.00.
  • White River Border Lakes License (WRL): Allows Arkansas resident fishing license holders to fish in certain Missouri waters. Cost: $10.00.
  • 65-Plus Lifetime Fishing License: Entitles Arkansas residents 65 or older to the privileges of the Resident Fisheries Conservation License. Cost: $10.50. A lifetime trout permit is also necessary for fishing in certain waters.
  • 65-Plus Lifetime Combination License: Offers privileges of the Resident Sportsman’s License and the Resident Fisheries Conservation License for residents 65 or older. Cost: $35.50.
  • 65-Plus Lifetime Trout Permit (PLT): Available for residents 65 or older to retain trout or fish in certain waters. Cost: $10.00.
  • Nonexpiring Lifetime Resident Hunting and Fishing Sportsman’s Permit: Offers privileges of the Resident Sportsman’s License and the Resident Fisheries Conservation License for all ages. Cost: $1,000.
  • Resident 3-Year Disability Combination License (RDC): Available for totally and permanently disabled residents, offering hunting and fishing privileges. Cost: $35.50.

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