License--Types

Beginning 1Apr17, there is now a "web-based" licensing system.  

Non Resident:

     3-Day Trip (NT3).............................$16.00 ($36 with Trout Permit)

     7-Day Trip (NT7).............................$25.00 ($45 with Trout Permit)

    Annual, 12 months (NRF)................$50.00 ($70 with Trout Permit)

    Trout Permit, 12 months (TPN)...........$20.00 (increased from $12 in Aug'19)

Resident:

     3-Day Trip (RT3)..............................$7.50

     Annual, 12 months (FSH)..................$10.50

     Trout Permit, 12 months (TPR)............$10.00

More information at Ark Game & Fish  (800) 364-4263.  You may purchase online.  For Ark residents over 65, use this form to apply for 65-Plus Lifetime License.
PLF - Lifetime Fishing License
PLH - Lifetime Sportsman's Hunting License and Permit (exactly which permit)
PLC - Lifetime Combination License (both ??????? and ????????)
PLT - Lifetime Trout Permit

There is a "Wildlife Tip Hot Line" (800.482.9262) if you suspect violations.  You may contact the regional Game & Fish office in Calico Rock at (877) 297-4331 (Captain Doug Small).   [wildlife officers for Marion County are Joe Dale Purdom (870.449.6119), Brice Smith (870.449.4901), Tim Davenport (870.405.4775)]; or local AGFC office (877) 425-7577 [wildlife officers for Baxter County are Sergeant Chris Majors, Corporal Lyndle Crownove and Wildlife Officer Todd Haskins]. 

 

Wildlife Tip Hotline or you wish to speak to a Wildlife Officer. 1-800-482-9262

You can even read the exact regulations in pdf format.  This is 312 pages, but many of the trout regulations have been consolidated under Section 45 (9 pages), and we have tried to condense this down even further to our specific area, included below:  (Note: Smallmouth Regulations at bottom of page).

Trout...

SECTION 45.00 TROUT FISHING REGULATIONS
45.1                            Trout Permit Requirements.
45.2                            Trout Limit, Size and Possession Restrictions.
45.3                            Herding Trout Prohibited.
45.4                            Transfer of Trout by Guides Restricted.
45.5                            Possession of Filleted Trout Prohibited on Length/Slot Limit Waters.
45.6                            Rainbow Trout Retention Restriction.
45.7                            Specific Trout Water Regulations.

45.01  TROUT PERMIT REQUIREMENT: 08-05 It shall be unlawful for persons 16 or more years of age to retain trout from state waters, or to fish on White River, from Bull Shoals Dam to Hwy 58 bridge at Guion, without first obtaining and validating by signature, a current trout permit.
     EXCEPTIONS:
     (1)  In compliance with Commission Code Section 34.00 Put-and-Take Pay Lake Requirements.
     (2)  Persons possessing a Lifetime Resident Hunting and Fishing Sportsman's Permit.
     (3)  Persons possessing a Resident 65 Plus Lifetime Trout Permit.
     PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00

45.02   TROUT LIMIT, SIZE AND POSSESSION RESTRICTIONS. It shall be unlawful to possess more than two (2) daily limits of game fish or the aggregate thereof.
Daily Limit - Trout - (including not more than 2 each of brown,cutthroat and brook trout)..... 5 
     EXCEPTIONS:
     (1) Brown Trout daily limit - 2 with a 16-inch minimum size limit in White River (Bull Shoals Lake tailwater), North Fork White River (Norfork Tailwater).
     (4) Cutthroat Trout daily limit - 2 with a 16-inch minimum size limit in White River (Bull Shoals Lake Tailwater), North Fork White River (Norfork Tailwater).
     (5) Brook Trout daily limit - 2 with a 14-inch minimum size limit in White River (Bull Shoals Lake Tailwater), North Fork White River (Norfork Tailwater).
     PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.
45.03  HERDING TROUT PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful on any trout stream in Arkansas to drive, pursue, harass or rally trout with the use of boats, wading, throwing objects, disturbing with noises, or by any other means for the intended purpose of concentrating or congregating trout.   08-04
     PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.
45.04  TRANSFER OF TROUT BY GUIDES RESTRICTED. It shall be unlawful for licensed Commercial Guides to transfer to any other person his trout catch so that the recipient's legal daily or possession limit is exceeded.   08-04
     PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.
45.06  RAINBOW TROUT RETENTION RESTRICTION. It shall be unlawful to release a rainbow trout after it has been placed on a stringer, within a fish basket, live well, ice chest or retained by any other device. By such activities, it shall be presumed that the angler intended to retain the trout and count it in the daily fish limit. 08-02/08-04     
     EXCEPTION:
    
(1)  Rainbow trout exceeding 16 inches in length may be temporarily (not to exceed 30 minutes) retained in a live well only for purposes of measurement, weighing and photographing before release, on Bull Shoals and Norfork Tailwaters only.
     PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00
45.07  SPECIFIC TROUT WATER REGULATIONS. It shall be unlawful to fail to comply with each of the listed restrictions pertaining to a specific body of water as described herein: 08-04/08-06
(B)   Bull Shoals Tailwater (White River from 100 yards below Bull Shoals Dam to Hwy 58 Bridge at Guion).
     (1) No fishing, boating or wading within 100 yards of Bull Shoals Dam.
     (2) An angler shall use no more than one fishing rod or pole, and must attend it at all times. No other devices shall be used to catch fish.
     (3) Special Regulation Areas:
          (a)  Bull Shoals Dam Catch and Release Area - Open to fishing from February 1 - October 31 from 100 yards below Bull Shoals Dam to the upstream boundary of Bull Shoals/White River State Park.
              (1) All trout caught must be immediately released.
              (2) Only artificial lures with a single, barbless hooking point or a single, barbless treble hook, shall be used.  Natural or scented baits are prohibited.
             
(3) Chumming is prohibited.
          
(b) Bull Shoals Dam Closed Area - the area 100 yards below Bull Shoals Dam to the wing dike at the Bull Shoals/White River State Park Trout Dock. This area is closed to fishing or wading from November 1 - January 31.
           (c) Bull Shoals Dam Seasonal Brown Trout Catch and Release Area, from November 1 - January 31. From the wing dike at Bull Shoals/White River State Park Trout Dock to the downstream boundary of the Bull Shoals/White River State park.
               (1) All brown trout must be immediately released.
               (2) Only artificial lures with a single, barbless hooking point or a single, barbless treble hook shall be used.  Natural or scented baits are prohibited. 
               
(3) Chumming is prohibited.
              
(4) No fishing from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.
            (d)  Rim Shoals Catch and Release Area (near Cotter), from mouth of Jenkins Creek to the first electric power line downstream.
               (1) All trout caught must be immediately released.
               (2) Only artificial lures with a single, barbless hooking point shall be used. Natural or scented baits are prohibited.
              
(3) Chumming is prohibited.
(C)      Norfork Tailwater (North Fork of the White River from 100 yards below Norfork Dam to the confluence of the White River).
     (1) No fishing, boating or wading within 100 yards below Norfork Dam.
     (2) An angler shall use no more than one fishing rod or pole, and must attend it at all times. No other devices shall be used to catch fish.
     (3) Chain dragging is prohibited. It shall be unlawful to drag chains or other objects from boats, capable of destroying aquatic vegetation.
     (4) Special Regulation Areas:
          (a) Norfork Catch and Release Area - from the mouth of Otter Creek to 100 yards above Bill Ackerman/River Ridge Access, as indicated by signs.
                (1) All trout caught must be immediately released.
                (2) Only artificial lures with a single, barbless hooking point shall be used. Natural or scented baits are prohibited.
               
(3)  Chumming is prohibited.
(F)   Dry Run Creek (from it's source on the east side of Norfork National Fish Hatchery below Norfork Dam to the confluence with the North Fork of the White River).
     (1) An angler shall use no more than one fishing rod or pole, and must attend it at all times. No other devices shall be used to catch fish.
     (2) Catch and Release Stream. All trout caught must be immediately released.
     (3) Only artificial lures with a single, barbless hooking point shall be used. Natural or scented baits are prohibited.
    
(4) Cumming is prohibited.
    
(5) Fishing is limited to youths under age 16.
     (6) Fishing is allowed from sunrise to sunset.
     (7) Fishing from the pier on Dry Run Creek is limited to mobility impaired anglers only. 

Smallmouth Bass...

(1)       LARGEMOUTH, SPOTTED, SMALLMOUTH (BLACK BASS) (page 234):

(A)  Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Norfork, Crooked Creek and Buffalo River - smallmouth bass minimum length limit of 14 inches with a daily limit of 2.

Exceptions:  minimum length limit of 18 inches with a daily limit of 1 in the following areas:

     Buffalo River, from Clabber Creek (just below Rush) downstream to White River.

     Crooked Creek - from 101 bridge downstream to the confluence with the White River;
          - between the Hwy 62-412 and Hwy 62 Spur bridges at Pyatt. 
          - Ozark Zone Catch and Release Area- Crooked Creek, along boundary of Arkansas Game and
                   Fish Foundation property near Kelly's Slab Access.

(B) Black Bass daily limit - six (6) on Bull Shoals and Norfork Lake. 

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New License System 1Apr17

https://ar-pos.s3licensing.com

The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission implemented a "web-based" license system.

From Tim Davenport, Sept 2020:
27.00 Trout Fishing Regulations
27.01 Trout Permit Requirements
27.02 Trout Limit And Possession Restrictions
27.03 RESERVED
27.04 Transfer Of Trout By Guides Restricted
27.05 Trout Retention Restricted
27.06 Specific Trout Water Regulations
27.07 Importation Of Trout Prohibited
27.01 Trout Permit Requirements Current as of July 20, 2020
It is unlawful for persons 16 or older to keep trout from waters of the state or to fish without a valid
trout permit on the following waters:
North Fork of the White River downstream of Norfork Dam; and
White River from Bull Shoals Dam to the Arkansas Highway 58 bridge at Guion.
EXCEPTIONS:
In compliance with Chapter 36.00.
Persons possessing a Lifetime Resident Combination Sportsman's License and Permit or Resident Disabled Military Veteran Lifetime Combination License and Permit.
PENALTY: Class 1
27.02 Trout Limit And Possession Restrictions
It is unlawful to:
Keep more than the daily limit of trout while fishing or transporting fish by boat during a 1-day fishing trip; or Possess more than 2 daily limits of trout (Code 1.00C and Addendum N1.01).
PENALTY: Class 1
27.03 RESERVED
As of July 16, 2020
2
27.04 Transfer Of Trout By Guides Restricted
It is unlawful for a licensed commercial guide to transfer trout to another person so the recipient's daily or possession limit is exceeded.
PENALTY: Class 1
27.05 Trout Retention Restricted
It is unlawful to release any trout after it has been placed on a stringer or retained by or within a fish basket, live well, ice chest, or any other device.
PENALTY: Class 1
27.06 Specific Trout Water Regulations
It is unlawful to fail to comply with the restrictions in Addendum N1.03.
EXCEPTION: Bait may be caught in compliance with Chapter32.00. Bait tackle may not be used in catch-and-release areas and special regulation areas.
PENALTY: Class 1
27.07 Importation Of Trout Prohibited
It is unlawful to import live trout, including their eggs, into Arkansas without the written permission of the Commission.
EXCEPTION: A person who has obtained a valid Trout Importation Permit from the Commission
Chief of Fisheries (Addendum V1.02) may import live trout and trout eggs into Arkansas in compliance with the terms of the permit and Code 35.11.
PENALTY: Class 2

N1.03 Specific Trout Water Regulations
Bull Shoals Tailwater (White River from 100 yards below Bull Shoals Dam to Arkansas Highway 58 Bridge at Guion):
No fishing, boating, or wading within 100 yards of Bull Shoals Dam.
An angler shall use no more than one fishing rod or pole and must attend it at all times. No other devices shall be used to catch fish. Only a single hooking point per pole may be used for bait fishing.
Special Regulation Areas:



Bull Shoals Dam Seasonal Brown Trout Catch-and-Release
Area, November 1 - January31. From the wing dike at Bull Shoals/White River State Park Trout Dock to the downstream boundary of the Bull Shoals/White River State Park.
All brown trout must be immediately released.  Only artificial lures or flies shall be used. All hooking points must be barbless. Natural or scented baits are prohibited.
Chumming is prohibited.  No fishing 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise.

Rim Shoals Catch-and-Release Area (near Cotter). From sign immediately above mouth of Jenkins Creek to the first electric power line downstream, as indicated by signs.
All trout caught must be immediately released.  Only artificial lures or flies shall be used. All hooking points must be barbless. Natural or scented baits are prohibited.
Chumming is prohibited
    Trout limit, size and possession limits.
TROUT (BROOK, BROWN, CUTTHROAT, RAINBOW):
Brown trout:

Cutthroat trout:

longer than 14 inches.
North Fork White River (Norfork Tailwater
Brook trout:

Rainbow trout:
White River from Bull Shoals Dam to Arkansas Highway 58 Bridge (Bull Shoals Tailwater), North Fork White River.


This is just a guide, Please refer to current Code of Regulations for a complete list of trout regulations at AGFC.com.
9/29/20

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