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Arkansas Family Fishing Event May 15 at Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program will bring the fish and the fun for all ages to Martin Luther King Jr. Park Pond from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday May 15.

Unlike many fishing derbies focused solely on the kids, this day is for everyone to learn the fun of fishing. Anyone may participate as long as those who are 16 or older have a valid fishing license. Best of all, everyone is encouraged to take their catch home to enjoy a healthy fish dinner afterward.

The pond will be stocked with catchable-size catfish that are ready to bite, but this is much more than just a fishing derby. This event will feature music, prizes and a variety of activities including free health screenings for people to take advantage of.

“We’ve partnered with Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Director Samuel Glover and My Sister’s Keeper, Inc. LLC to provide the free health screenings, music, food, and prizes for the event,” Maurice Jackson, FCFP coordinator for the AGFC, said. “They’ll even have free COVID-19 testing available.”

The entire event is free, but participants must register at  They should bring their own fishing gear and bait, as well as a comfortable chair to sit on while fishing.

“It would also be smart to bring along a cooler or stringer to bring home your catch,” Jackson said. “These fish will be ready to bite. This is one of our first major get-togethers since COVID-19, and we are excited to be able to get out and spend time with our anglers.”

Visit to register for this event. Find out more about the Family and Community Fishing Program and ponds around the state that are stocked with catchable catfish at

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