No fishing license required during Free Fishing Days; scout hotspots online

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced that 2009 Free Fishing Days will be June 6-7, 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, but on June 6-7, everyone gets to fish for free, making this 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. To find the ideal Kansas fishing location for you, click here.

Public fishing waters also are listed in the 2009 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary, available online 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 online, and anglers can report their own experiences and read those of others on the department's Public Fishing Reports. A new addition to the Public Fishing Reports blog is a section called "Dock Squawk." In this section, any angler may discuss any fishing issue that is not related to a current report from a local lake or stream. A "Dock Squawk" blog has been created for anglers to discuss fishing-related issues in each region of the state.

Late May and early June are some of the best times to take advantage of Kansas angling opportunities. If you haven't already bought a fishing license, take advantage of this opportunity on June 6-7.