The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will have a free community fishing event this Friday at Lake Valencia in Maumelle.

The Family and Community Fishing Program will welcome anglers 55 and older to the event.

It is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and last until noon.

The fishing derby is free, but anglers should bring their own fishing gear. Seniors should also feel free to mingle and tell a fishing story or two.

Music, food and door prizes will be provided.

On Thursday, Game and Fish will host a fishing clinic in Maumelle at the city’s Center on the Lake, No. 2 Club Manor Cove.

To register for the fishing clinic at or by calling 851-4344. No registration is needed for the derby the following day.