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story.lead_photo.caption Missouri's major paddlefish snagging waters include the Lake of the Ozarks, Truman Lake and Table Rock Lake. Photo by Missouri Department of Conservation

The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold its Free Fishing Days June 6-7.

During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in Missouri without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit or trout park daily tag. Free Fishing Days is an annual MDC event that takes place during the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June.

Aside from not needing permits, other fishing regulations remain in effect during Free Fishing Days, such as limits on size and number of fish an angler may keep. Special permits may still be required at some county, city, or private fishing areas. Trespass laws remain in effect on private property.

Fishing permits are required before and after June 6-7 unless an angler is exempt by age or other factors. All other fishing regulations are also in effect.

MDC temporarily suspended requirements for fishing permits from March 27 through April 15 due to the COVID-19 emergency.

For information on Missouri fishing regulations, fish identification and more, get a copy of MDC's 2020 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations where permits are sold or online at

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