No fishing license required; time to explore a great sport
PRATT -- The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced its annual Free Fishing Days -- June 7-8. In coordination with National Fishing Week, on these days, anglers of all ages may fish without a fishing license. Ordinarily, nonresidents 16 or older and residents age 16 through 64 must have a fishing license to fish in Kansas.

This is the ideal time to introduce youngsters to a healthy, challenging pastime that offers a lifetime of pleasure. Kansas has hundreds of lakes and streams, including numerous conveniently-located community lakes. Finding the ideal fishing location is as simple as visiting the KDWP website, www.kdwp.state.ks.us, and typing “Where to Fish” in the search box.

Public fishing waters also are listed in the 2008 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary, available on the website or in printed form at KDWP offices and license vendors around the state. The summary also provides a fish identification guide, length and creel limits, and a variety of additional information for anglers.

For information on fishing prospects, reservoir ratings for all sportfish may be found on the website's Fishing Forecast. In addition, the most currently-recorded biologists' fishing reports may be found on the Fishing Reports web page, and anglers can report their own experiences and read those of others on the department's Public Fishing Reports page.

June 7-8: mark these dates on your calendar. There's no better time to take advantage of Kansas angling opportunities.