The Spring River currently holds six Arkansas State Fishing Records (rod and reel): Shadow Bass, Tiger Muskie, Golden Redhorse, River Redhorse, Shovelnose Sturgeon, and Northern Hog Sucker.
The 58-degree water released from Mammoth Spring, feeds the Spring River and creates the perfect environment for trout. Areas of the upper Spring River are popular with fly fisherman as the cold water supports a good trout population for 10 miles downstream from the spring. The Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery is 2 miles downstream from Mammoth Spring State Park. The hatchery stocks more than 134,000 rainbow trout annually at nine access sites along the Spring River. Public access areas are stocked weekly throughout the year. Outfitters and launch facilities are available along the 17-mile stretch of river from Mammoth Spring to Hardy.
The three-mile stretch from Mammoth Spring to Dam 3 (an old hydropower structure) is ideal for wading or fishing from the bank, except for the deep section near the dam, which provides good boat fishing. The best way to fish the river downstream from the dam is from a canoe. Rentals are available near the hatchery, or you can launch your own at the public ramp.
The Spring River is also a great stream for walleye fishing. Recent sample studies indicate that more walleye than trout exist in the Spring River.
More information on Spring River fishing regulations and guidelines are available online at Arkansas Game & Fish Commission website: www.agfc.com.