The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a Kids Fishing Derby for youngsters 12 years old and younger at the Commission's Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery June 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Spring River State Fish Hatchery is located 2.5 miles south of Mammoth Spring at the end of State Highway 342.
The youngsters will be fishing in the hatchery's stocked ponds for rainbow trout. Anglers must bring their own bait.
Derby rules are:
1. Free fishing for kids 12 years old and under.
2) Limit of three fish per child.
3) Only one rod and reel per child.
4) Adults cannot fish.
5) Adult supervision is required.
For more information contact the hatchery toll free at 877-625-7521.
The Derby is part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Free Fishing Days June 9 through June 11, when no sport fisherman, resident or non-resident, will be required to have a fishing license or a trout permit to fish anywhere in Arkansas during this time.
The objective of Free Fishing Days is simple according to AGFC's Mike Armstrong. "We want to encourage Arkansas people and visitors, who may not be fishermen, to come to our state and give it a try."