Free Fishing Days


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.

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Free Fishing Day Events

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Date: Saturday, June 10, 2023 10:00 am - Saturday, June 10, 2023 2:00 pm
Location: Runge Conservation Nature Center

Note: This program will take place at the Missouri Department of Conservation headquarters, 2901 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City.

Give fishing a try! Take advantage of Missouri’s Free Fishing Days by joining us at the Missouri Department of Conservation headquarters' ponds. All equipment and bait will be provided. An MDC Fishing Permit is not required during Free Fishing Days. No registration required. All ages