Fish without a license in Kansas this weekend

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Kansas anglers can fish for free this weekend in accordance with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism's "Free Fishing Days."

The agency designates one weekend each year in which everyone can fish without a license. This year, fish for free on June 1 and 2.

All you need is a pole and a place to go. The effort began as a way to take part in National Fishing and Boating Week – a week dedicated to celebrating, and recognizing the importance of, recreational boating and fishing.

A word of caution:  Kansas has been inundated with flooding rains in recent weeks, and storms return to the forecast this weekend. Please be safe.

Kansas lakes and rivers are known for producing big crappie, abundant channel catfish, huge flathead catfish and giant blue catfish. However, thousands of farm ponds that dot the rural landscape are filled with largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish.

Federal reservoirs are known for producing great walleye, wiper, crappie and white bass fishing. To learn more about which lakes produce the kind and sizes of fish you prefer to catch, go to "Reports and Forecast."

If you’ll be taking part this year, here are a couple tips to help you plan your weekend outing:

  • Visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Fishing,” then “Where to Fish” to find a public fishing spot near you.
  • You can consult the 2018 Fishing Forecast at ksoutdoors.com/Fishing/Fishing-Forecast to locate waters ranked highest for a given species.
  • While license requirements are waived for the weekend, anglers must still abide by all other regulations such as length and creel limits, equipment requirements, and more. To find regulation information, grab a copy of the 2018 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary at a license vendor near you. The summary also lists every state fishing lake, community lake and reservoir, and designates those considered “family friendly,” which means they have easy access to the water, flush restrooms, security patrols and lighting, and no alcohol is allowed.