Arkansas Aquaculture Facts

Based on the 2022 USDA Ag Census Data, Arkansas had around $83 million in aquaculture sales in 2022. This is around a 14% increase from 2017.

Arkansas is the number one baitfish producing state in the United States. 

Arkansas baitfish production accounts for around 67% of all baitfish production in the United States. With $29,172,000 in sales for 2022. These baitfish consist mostly of Golden Shiners, and Fathead Minnows. 

Arkansas also ranks number one in sport/game fish production. With reported sales of $20,177,000 in 2022. 

Arkansas is one of three major states in catfish production, behind Mississippi and Alabama. 

Arkansas Catfish total sales for 2023 counted for roughly 6% of the United States total sales. Around $24,590,000. 

According to USDAs 2022 Ag Census data, these counties were the top three baitfish producing counties in Arkansas: 

  1. Lonoke
  2. Prairie
  3. Greene

According to USDAs 2022 Ag Census data, these counties were the top three Sport/Game Fish producing counties in Arkansas: 

  1. Lonoke
  2. Garland
  3. Prairie

According to USDAs 2022 Ag Census data, these counties were the top three catfish producing counties in Arkansas: 

  1. Desha
  2. Lonoke
  3. Lafayette