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It is unlawful to fish in any manner in Arkansas without possessing on the person the appropriate Arkansas fishing license as provided herein:

  1. Arkansas Resident (16 years of age and older) – Resident Fisheries Conservation License; Resident 3-Day Trip Fishing License; Lifetime Resident Combination Sportsman's License and Permit; Resident 65 Plus Lifetime Fishing License (or Resident 65 Plus Lifetime Combination License); Resident 65 Plus Annual Fishing License (or Resident 65 Plus Annual Combination License); Disabled Lifetime Fishing License (or Resident Disabled Lifetime Combination License); Resident Disabled Fishing 3-Year License (or Resident Disabled Combination 3-Year License); or Resident Disabled Military Veteran Lifetime Fishing License (or Resident Disabled Military Veteran Lifetime Combination License or Resident Disabled Military Veteran Lifetime Combination License and Permit).
  2. Nonresidents (16 years of age and older) – Non-Resident Annual Fishing License; Non-Resident 3-Day Trip Fishing License or Nonresident 14-Day Trip Fishing License.
  3. Persons must possess a valid Commercial Fishing Permit and Sportfishing License (CFS) to purchase tags for commercial tackle or to operate commercial tackle. A CFS holder may purchase a Helper Permit, which will allow the permitted helper to operate the CFS holder’s tackle. Tackle tags may not be purchased with the Helper Permit. The Helper Permit does not confer sport-fishing rights.
  4. Youths and individuals 65 years of age or older are required to purchase a Junior/Senior Commercial Fishing Permit.
  5. In lieu of an Arkansas Nonresident Fishing License, Missouri resident fishing license holders, age 16 or older, are required to purchase a White River Border Lakes License (Addendum H1.04), in compliance with the White River Lakes License Agreement.

EXCEPTION: Persons fishing in put-and-take pay lakes licensed by the Commission.

PENALTY: Class 1

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