Photo by David Stonner, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation
Ever wanted to give fishing a try? During the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Free Fishing Days June 11-12, families can discover the al-LURE of fishing in Missouri waters without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit or prescribed area daily tag. Normal regulations remain in effect, 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.
The Missouri Department of Conservation hopes that Free Fishing Days will encourage people to sample the state's abundant fishing opportunities. Missouri has more than a million acres of surface water, and most of it provides great fishing. More than 200 different fish species are found in Missouri, with 20 of them being game fish for the state’s more than 1.1 million anglers. For more information about fishing in Missouri download MDC’s free “Find MO Fish” mobile app.
For a full day of fishing fun, make a road trip to Maramec Spring Park, located near St. James, for Kids’ Fishing Day May 14. The upper half of the spring park will be reserved for kids 15 and under, and stocked with rainbow trout throughout the day to help ensure every young fisher catches a whopper. Children can fish from 6:30 a.m.-8:15 p.m. A scavenger hunt, hot dogs, games and activities will be offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Experts will be available to help first-time fishers and to assist with cleaning and cooking. A few loaner fishing poles will be available, though it is recommended that families bring their own.
MDC is also helping children ages 7-15 Discover Nature through Discover Nature - Fishing, a free four-part fishing instruction program. Each class is two hours and builds on the previous lesson.