The Missouri Department of Conservation has designated June 11-12 as 'Free Fishing Days' in Missouri.

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.

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.

More than 200 different fish species live in the state, 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

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 and search “fishing” or contact the nearest conservation department office.



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