Free Fishing Days

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Enjoy a great day of fishing on your local Missouri lake.
By: David Stonner

Try fishing without having to buy a permit

During the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June, any person may fish state waters without an MDC fishing permit, trout permit, and prescribed area daily tag. However, user fees and permits may still be required at county, city, or private fishing areas.  Normal regulations, such as size and daily limits, still apply, too.

Find an area, use our gear

Many conservation areas that offer Free Fishing Days programs also have gear you can use at no charge. Area Free Fishing Days programs appear on this page from April until the opportunity ends in June. For more information about Free Fishing Days, call your regional office.

Check the events calendar below for Free Fishing Days events scheduled around the state.

Free Fishing Day Events

Location: Bass Pro Lake Columbia MO

Date: Jun 11, 2016 09:00 am - Jun 11, 2016 01:00 pm

Missouri Dept.of Conservation in cooperation with Bass Pro Shops, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge,and Mexico BassMasters are providing a Free Fishing Day for Kids of all ages, Fishing, Education, and Prizes, and lunch will be provided. Hands on fishing will be available, fishing poles and bait will be provided.