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The statewide free fishing weekend is a waiver of the fishing permit requirement for the first Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June every year. This year, those dates are Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13.

The statewide free fishing weekend is a waiver of the fishing permit requirement for the first Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June every year. This year, those dates are Saturday and Sunday, June 12 and 13.

During the free fishing weekend, people can fish without a state permit at any public fishing area, according to Alexander Walker, Clay County Conservation agent with the Missouri Department of Conservation. However, people should remember 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, as well.

Popular places in the Kansas City area including the Northland, Walker said, are Smithville Lake, Watkins Mill State Park, the Missouri River, Capitol Federal Sports Complex, Englewood Park, Chaumiere Woods Park and Lakewood Lake at Penguin Park.

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