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Ideas and locations to take kids fishing in AR.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

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Fishing and the great outdoors offers kids an alternative to many influences they encounter in their busy lives today. A single fishing trip could be the turning point in a young life. The purpose of this page is to share the basics about taking kids fishing, urban fishing locations and tips to make it fun by keeping it simple. We encourage you to invest the time in Arkansas kids. The rewards are endless and it takes so little effort.

Arkansas is a great place for kids to get into fishing, with various opportunities for them to experience the joy of angling and catch a variety of fish species. Many urban areas in the state provide easily accessible fishing locations that are well-suited for young anglers.

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One popular fish species for kids to target is the bluegill. Bluegill are abundant in Arkansas's lakes, ponds, and rivers, and they readily bite on bait such as worms, small jigs, or pieces of bread. These colorful panfish provide plenty of action and are a great way for kids to learn the basics of fishing.

Another species that kids can enjoy catching is the catfish. Channel catfish, in particular, are commonly found in urban fishing locations throughout Arkansas. These fish are known for their strong fights and willingness to bite on a variety of baits, including stink baits, chicken liver, or nightcrawlers. Urban fishing spots often have designated catfish ponds or stocked lakes where kids can try their luck.

Trout fishing is another exciting option for kids in Arkansas, especially in urban areas with trout-stocked ponds. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission regularly stocks trout in select locations, providing kids with the opportunity to catch these beautiful fish. Trout are often stocked during the colder months, making it a great option for a winter fishing outing.

Urban fishing locations in Arkansas typically offer amenities such as fishing piers, picnic areas, and easy access for families. Places like MacArthur Park Pond in Little Rock, Murphy Park Pond in Springdale, and Craighead Forest Park Lake in Jonesboro are just a few examples of urban fishing spots that cater to young anglers.

These urban fishing locations not only provide a convenient and safe environment for kids to learn and practice their fishing skills but also offer a chance for families to spend quality time outdoors. Arkansas's commitment to promoting youth fishing ensures that young anglers have plenty of opportunities to develop a lifelong love for the sport while catching a variety of fish species in a kid-friendly setting.

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Places in Arkansas to take kids fishing

Consider these small lakes, ponds, creeks and urban fishing locations as places to take a kid fishing in the Natural State.

- Sunset lake

- Woolly Hollow State Park
- Lake Conway

- Dequeen Lake

- Dierks Lake
- Gillham Lake

- Lake Chicot State Park
- Lake Village Pond

- Gulley Park
- Lake Atalanta
- Lake Fayetteville
- Leatherwood Park
- Murphy Lake
- Sweetbriar Park

Forrest City
- Village Creek State Park

Heber Springs
- Brock Creek Lakes
- Greers Ferry Lake

Hot Springs
- Ashley Creek
- Blue Mountain Lake
- Cove Lake
- Degray Lake
- Lake Hamilton
- Ouachita State Park

- Craighead Forest Lake
- Poinsett State Park

Little Rock
- Brodie Creek Park
- Cherrywood Lake
- Crump Park
- Kiwanis Park Pond
- Lake Conway
- Lake Valencia
- MacArthur Park Pond
- Otter Creek Park
- Rock Creek
- Sherwood Community Pond
- Willow Beach Pond

- Bear Creek Lake

- Millwood State Park

- Dardanelle State Park
- Pleasant View Park Pond

Van Buren
- Lake Fort Smith

- White Oak Park

West Memphis
- Horseshoe Lake
- Tilden Rogers Park

Arkansas offers many opportunities for kids to fish and experience the thrill of the “tap-tap-tap”. Watch the eyes of a youth light up no matter how big or small their catch may be. You have the opportunity to experience it with them and share their joy.

Top 3 tips for taking kids fishing in AR

1. Make sure that the goal is to have fun. Catching fish is a bonus.

2. Keep it simple. Simple tackle, techniques and locations.

3. Keep the focus on the kids. Be a hero by helping them enjoy the day.

Click here for additional tips to create a successful day of fishing for kids.

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Adalynn Henderson, age 5 and her little brother Carter Brooks, age 2 caught two flathead catfish at the Bell Lake youth fishing tournament in Horatio Arkansas. They were fishing with worms and using 3/0 catfish hooks.

Kids fishing photo

Kids, fishing and smiles naturally go together. Take a kid fishing and you just might change the course of their life. Then take pictures and send us one of them holding their prized catch. We will happily post it here.

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