Dates set for Free Fishing Days in Missouri

Discover the lure of Missouri outdoors June 8-9 with the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Free Fishing Days.

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. Normal regulations, such as limits on size and number of fish an angler can keep, remain in effect. Some private fishing areas may still require permits, and trespass laws remain in effect on private property.

Free Fishing Days encourages people to sample the state’s abundant fishing opportunities. Missouri is blessed with more than a million acres of surface water, and most of it provides great fishing. According to MDC, more than 200 different fish species are found in Missouri, with 40 of them being game fish for the state’s more than 1.1 million anglers.

Conservation also enriches Missouri’s economy and Missourians’ quality of life. Fishing in the state generates more than a billion dollars for local communities and the state’s economy, and supports thousands of jobs.

Public fishing areas are available in every county in Missouri. Many state-owned fishing areas also have special facilities for anglers with disabilities. For information on Missouri fishing regulations, permit requirements, fish identification and more, get a copy of MDC’s “2013 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations” where permits are sold, at MDC offices and online at

“Find MOFish” with a free mobile app from MDC. Find MO Fish shows locations of public boat ramps to major lakes, rivers and streams, along with locations of underwater fish structures MDC has created as habitat for fish. The geo-location feature lets anglers guide their boats right up to these fish attractors. Download the free app at


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Please review our Policies and Procedures before registering or commenting

News Tribune - comments