Annual Special Event
Free Fishing Days

Missouri State Parks

June, 2020



Location: Missouri State Parks

Dates: June 8 - June 9, 2019

Description: Want some free fun that gets family and friends outside in nature? Get hooked on fishing with the Missouri Department of Conservation's Free Fishing Days. Fishing is a perfect low-stress, low-impact activity that keeps you moving for hours, plus being outdoors has been shown to boost your brain power. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag.

Aside from not needing permits, other fishing 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.

Conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish, and Free Fishing Days encourages 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 more than 20 of them being game fish for the state's more than 1.1 million anglers.

For information on Missouri fishing regulations, fish identification, and more, get a copy of MDC's "2017 Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations" where permits are sold, or online at

For extensive information on getting started fishing, identifying fish species, finding places to fish, regulations, and more, visit MDC online at

MDCís free MO Fishing mobile app helps anglers find the best places to fish in Missouri, access regulation information, identify fish by species, and more. Anglers can also buy, store, and show fishing permits right on their mobile devices. MO Fishing is available for download through Google Play for Android devices or the App Store for Apple devices. Learn more at


State Parks that provide fishing opportunities:

Wakonda State Park
32836 State Park Road
La Grange, MO
  Six lakes provide plenty of opportunities for you to cast your line for largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, bluegill and catfish. Agate, Jasper, Quartz and Wakonda lakes are the most popular among fisherman.
Cuivre River State Park
678 State Route 147
Troy, MO
  Cast your line into the 55-acre Lake Lincoln, which is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. It has multiple access points for fishing.
Washington State Park
Highway 21
DeSoto, MO
  The Big River runs through Washington State Park and offers you opportunities to catch a wide variety of fish, from catfish and crappie to large and smallmouth bass. The portion of the Big River that extends from the Hwy. 21 bridge to the Meramec River has been designated by the Missouri Department of Conservation as a Smallmouth Bass Special Management Area. Special regulations of length and possession limits apply to smallmouth bass in this area. Regulations are posted at the boat launch and gravel bar in the Big River Day-Use Area.
Trail of Tears State Park
429 Moccasin Springs
Jackson, MO
  Cast your lines in the Mississippi River, which offers catfish, perch and carp. The twenty-acre Lake Boutin is stocked with bass, bluegill and catfish.
Big Oak Tree State Park
13640 MO-102
East Prairie, MO
  The borrow pit or moat surrounding the former lake basin is available for fishing.
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