Conservation Department Tries to "Hook" Missouri on Fishing

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COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Conservation allowed anyone in Missouri to fish for free Saturday and Sunday.

The goal was to get non-fishers a chance to give the hobby a try, without forcing them to buy a permit. The goal was to "hook" them enough to purchase a permit and keep fishing.

"It gives me a chance to go out and experience some of the public fishing places Missouri has to offer," 16-year-old Battle High School student Zach Irvin said. "Normally, I only get to fish on private areas. I'm definitely considering getting a permit."

Anyone under the age of 16 is already allowed to fish without a permit, but the day encourages parents without one to bring their children out fishing.

"We were just sitting around the house with nothing to do, and so we just decided to come all come out and go fishing," ten-year-old Caitlyn Casey said. "I caught my first fish which was really cool."

Normal regulations like limits on the size and number of fish legal to catch still apply on free fishing day. Those interested can contact your local Missouri Conservation Department, or go to the MCD website for information on local free fish days nearby.