Missouri

Looking to cast a line in a new fishing hole this summer?

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has a brochure that will make a person's search a little easier.

"Fee Fishing in Missouri" is a brochure that highlights private fee fishing areas throughout the state. This four-color brochure, developed by the department's Aquaculture Program, describes each fee fishing operation in Missouri and its location.

"Fee fishing areas are simply fish farms that add value to their livestock by allowing people to pay to fish the water," said Joe Myers, aquaculture specialist with the Missouri Department of Agriculture. "The two best things about fee fishing in Missouri are that a state fishing license is not required and there are no catch limits."

The department, in cooperation with the Missouri Division of Tourism, will be distributing the brochure to visitors in the St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Lake of the Ozarks and Branson areas to promote a growing agritourism industry.

"For a reasonable fee, a visitor to Missouri can catch several pounds of fish, at one of the state's fee fishing operations, and have them cleaned and iced for free," Myers said. "Most fee fishing ranches even guarantee that you will catch fish."

In addition to fishing, many of the state's fee fishing operations offer other activities and services to help attract visitors.

For a free copy of "Fee Fishing in Missouri," write to the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Market Development Division, Aquaculture Program, PO Box 630, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0630; or call toll-free, 1-800-419-9139.

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