Kansas invites all to test their luck during annual free fishing days this weekend

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has announced that anglers can fish without a Kansas fishing license at public waters during the state’s “Free Fishing Days”, June 1 and 2, 2019.

Each year, KDWPT designates one weekend when everyone can fish without a Kansas fishing license. All you need is a pole and a place to go! Free Fishing Days celebrates National Fishing and Boating Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the importance of recreational boating and fishing.

Flooding at some lakes and state parks shouldn’t derail fishing plans. There are still many great opportunities to fish at lakes large and small. Many more Kansas state parks are open for business than are closed. Fisheries biologists report that high water gives fish more habitat to exploit, so fishing may be better when the water is higher. As always, exercise caution around high water and respect barricades.

If your favorite fishing hole is inaccessible, look to state fishing lakes and city and county lakes. KDWPT stocks many community lakes through its Community Fisheries Assistance Program. More than 90 percent of the community lakes in Kansas are enrolled in the program and do not require any additional fishing licenses. A list of CFAP lakes is available in the 2019 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary and the 2019 Kansas Fishing Atlas.

If you’ll be taking part in Free Fishing Days, here are some tips to help you plan your weekend outing:

Although license requirements are waived for the weekend, anglers must still abide by all other regulations such as length and creel limits, equipment requirements, and others. To find regulation information, see the 2019 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary.

Information thanks to KDWPT.

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