Free Fishing Days

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Enjoy a great day of fishing on your local Missouri lake.
photo by David Stonner, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

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

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: MDC Northeast Regional Office

- Join us for casting, knot tying, free fishing and more! We will also have goody bags for the kids! We will have bait available for everyone. Please bring your own pole. We will have a very limited supply of poles to lend out. All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
No registration is required for this FREE program!

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Conservation Center

NO Reservations Requited (Families – Only Ages 15 and under will fish)
Come join us at Belladonna Pond for our annual FREE event where kids get to fish in a stocked pond and learn more about how to be a better angler. In addition to being able to go fishing (children 15 and under), several learning stations will help you learn to: tie knots, bait and fly casting, fish maze, ethical fishing, and how to rig up a pole. Free ‘goodie bags’ will be given to every kid and there will be a drawing for a free rod/reel combo at the end of the day. There will be a limited number of loaner fishing poles, but you will have no waiting if you bring your own pole and cooler. The “My First Fish” station is for anyone who catches their very first fish to get their photo taken. At noon there will be a special performance by the “Fishin Magicians”. They will introduce you and your family to the importance of water resources and amaze you with their fun magic

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Krug Park Lagoon

The Department of Conservation will have 32 poles available for anyone wanting to participate in this Free Fishing Event. Everyone is welcome regardless of age, skill or permits carried. Department staff will be onsite to assist fishermen and provide some bait and tackle. This is a free event.