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Anglers will not have to buy a fishing permit in Kansas or Missouri during free fishing days in June.

Anglers will not have to buy a fishing permit in Kansas or Missouri during free fishing days in June.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has announced free fishing days will take place June 5 and 6.

During that weekend, all residents and visitors in Kansas can fish without a valid fishing license.

However, all current rules for equipment, length and creel restrictions still will apply.

The Missouri Department of Conservation invites the public to fish for free on June 12 and 13.

Joe Jerek, spokesperson for MDC, said anyone may fish in Missouri without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit or trout park daily tag.

“Missouri offers more than a million acres of surface water and most of it provides some great fishing,” Jerek said. “During free fishing days, and anytime you want to fish, there are over 200 fish species in the state with over 20 of them being game fish.”

Free Fishing Days in both states are annual events.

Aside from not needing permits, other fishing regulations remain including limits on size and number of fish an angler may keep.

Trespass laws also remain in effect on private property.

Special permits may still be required at some county, city or private fishing areas.