The first half of Spring River begins at the base of Dam #3 which is a former hydropower structure located south of Mammoth Spring. The second half of the Spring River’s upper portion begins at Many Islands and concludes about eight miles downstream at Hardy Beach.

When staying at Biggers Bed & Breakfast, you can walk to Spring River to enjoy a few hours or even a day of fishing.

Because of Spring Rivers cool waters it makes perfect ideal conditions for stocking trout. Even though rainbow trout are by far the most abundant species and attract a lot of the fishing. The Spring also has brown trout, and lunker trout, although the likelihood of catching a lunker trout on the Spring is minimal. The best known brown and rainbow trout fishing spots are immediately below the falls where the falling water hits, which creates a frothing white mass.

There is a small wade-fishing/bank-fishing area alongside the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Spring River Hatchery, but the best way to fish the river downstream from the dam would be from a canoe.

Spring River State Fish Hatchery is located 2 miles downstream from the Mammoth Spring State Park which is next to U.S Hwy. 63, 16 miles north of Hardy, AR and 2 miles south of Thayer, Mo. The hatchery alone stocks more than 134,000 rainbow trout annually and has nine access sites along the Spring. The areas with public access are stocked weekly throughout the year, but the fee sites are stocked weekly from March to October. Although, anglers 16 and older must have a trout permit to retain trout.

To obtain licenses and permits you can purchase them by phone (800-364-4263), or online ( and from a local business. To be updated on current fishing regulations you can pick up a copy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s “Arkansas Fishing Guidebook.” The Hatchery is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday- Friday. You can reach them by calling (877-625-7521).

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