From staff reports

Free Fishing Days will be celebrated over the first two weekends of June in the four-state area.

Residents of Kansas and Oklahoma will have the option of legally fishing without a license on Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4.

Free fishing weekend will be held June 10-11 in Missouri and Arkansas.

The tradition of a free fishing weekend started in Oklahoma 24 years ago. Dozens of other states have since established free fishing days.

Resident and non-resident fishing licences (including trout licenses and fishing and hunting legacy permits) are not required on the free fishing days, although anglers should note that local or municipal permits might be required on those days.

Arkansas will also hold free kids' fishing derbies on Saturday, June 10, at state hatcheries in Hot Springs, Centerton, Lonoke, Corning and Mammoth Spring.

Free fishing days in Missouri include the state's four trout parks and conservation department-managed community lakes statewide.

In Oklahoma, state officials reminded anglers that anyone taking advantage of Free Fishing Days on Lake Texoma should be aware that the state of Texas has alloted just one day (June 3) as a license-free day.

The special weekend, MDC officials reminded, does not allow trespassing without permission.

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