Pictured is Bryson Elmore, son of Brad Elmore and Shannon Elmore.
By Tammy Moore Teague
This weekend all you need is a pole and some bait! Arkansas’ Free Fishing is a statewide event for both residents and non residents alike to enjoy hitting the area waterways. Tomorrow, June 7, starting at noon through Sunday, June 9 the Game and Fish Commission will waive fishing license requirements, including trout.
This annual anglers weekend encourages family and young people to get outdoors, and explore one of the Natural State’s most abundant resources. “People under 16 don’t need a license any time, but parents don’t want to pay the extra money for a license to find out if their kids will enjoy fishing,” AGFC Director Pat Fitts said. “Make it a fun family outing and you may just find out that it will be the best $10.50 you’ve ever spent to increase family time.”
That family time is important to local resident Brad Elmore. He and his son, Bryson, spend many weekends together hiking, hunting and fishing. The young angler also inherited a love of nature from grandparents, Buddy and Donna Elmore. They too, have a passion for the outdoors and enjoy hiking area trails.
In addition to fishing rivers and lakes, families are encouraged to visit one of the five Game and Fish hatcheries across the state. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 9, kids can cast their line for a sure catch and experience. New this year, is a derby for those age 15 and under. The hatcheries are located in Hot Springs, Centerton, Corning, Lonoke and Mammoth Springs.
For more information and for directions to the hatcheries you can visit the Arkansas Game and Fish website.