Discover the lure of Missouri outdoors with Free Fishing Days on June 12 and 13.
In other words, grab the kids, your rod and reel, some bait and head for the nearest fishing hole to enjoy a weekend fishing in the Show-Me State.
Each year the Missouri Department of Conservation designates the weekend after the first Monday in June for permit-optional fishing. The goal of Free Fishing Days is to encourage people to sample the state's abundant fishing opportunities.
During Free Fishing Days, anyone can fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout stamp or trout park daily tag.
Missouri is blessed with more than a million acres of surface water, and most of it provides great fishing.
Fly fish for trout in a spring-fed Ozark stream or trotline for monster catfish on Missouri's Big Rivers.
Our waters hold ancient paddlefish and sturgeon, ferocious muskies, wary bass and tasty bluegill, crappie and walleye.
More than 200 different fish species live here, and 40 of them are the targets of anglers.
Normal regulations, such as limits on size and number of fish an angler can keep, remain in effect during Free Fishing Days.
Regulations are outlined in the 2010 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations available at bait shops and other stores where fishing permits are sold, or online at www.MissouriConservation.org.
Some private fishing areas still require permits on free fishing days, and trespass laws remain in effect on private property.
Public fishing areas are available in every county in Missouri.
Many state-owned fishing areas also have special facilities for anglers with disabilities.
To learn more about fishing and find local spots, visit www.Missouri Conservation.org and search "fishing" or contact the nearest Conservation Department office.