Free Fishing: Where you can cast your line for FREE in June

Grab your pole, and wait for a bite

free fishingJune might be the best month to go fishing in the Heartland.

That’s because you’ll be able to cast your line for free at parks across the area.

Here’s a closer look at when and where for the 2019 season:

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June 8 and 9: Any person may fish state waters without an MDC fishing permit, trout permit, and prescribed area daily tag. However, user fees and permits may still be required at the county, city, or private fishing areas.  Normal regulations, such as size and daily limits, still apply, too.


June 14-17: Grab your pole and find a hole in Illinois during its Free Fishing Days. This four-day event celebrates fishing in Illinois. Anglers can fish without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamp or inland trout stamp. Also during this time period, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge will not require Entrance Fees for anyone fishing on Refuge waters.


June 1-2: The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources says anglers can fish for free this weekend. The state’s annual free fishing weekend allows people to fish Kentucky waters without a license or permit. The agency says in a statement that limits still apply to the size and number of fish that anglers may keep. The agency says many community lakes were stocked with catfish in May.

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