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: May 17th
Location: Stephens Lake Park
Join us for a family fishing day in the park! Fishing poles, tackle, bait, and instruction will be provided. This is a great opportunity for anyone you know who is interested in fishing but does not have the gear to do so. Anyone is welcome. Stop by to grab a fishing pole and start fishing!
Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult AT ALL TIMES.
Participants DO NOT need a fishing permit during this event.
Registration is NOT required to attend.
Please email Huston Spellman, Community Education Assistant with questions.Huston.Spellman@mdc.mo.gov 573-815-7900 ext. 2926