Free Fishing Days

During the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June, any person may fish state waters without permit, trout permit, and prescribed area daily tag. Requirements for special permits still may apply at some county, city, or private areas. Normal regulations, such as size and daily limits, still apply, too.

For more information, please contact the Missouri Department of Conservation.

For more information about fishing, licenses (permits), limits and seasons, please visit the Missouri Department of Conservation or:

A child with their fishing rod sitting on the shoreline, smiling

Where to Find

A parent teaching their child to fish, helping them reel in a catch from behind


Spur Pond


Hazel Creek


Hazel Creek, Forest Lake


Hazel Creek, Forest Lake


Hazel Creek, Forest Lake


Forest Lake

Spur Pond

Osteopathy & Hickory Streets
Kirksville, MO 63501


Spur Pond is located on Osteopathy Street in Kirksville and is stocked annually with trout by the City of Kirksville in partnership with the Missouri Conservation Department. The pond is open on a catch & release basis until Jan. 31st each year. From Feb. 1st – Oct. 31st, the trout may be harvested up to four a day.

Fishing license with trout permit required.

Hazel Creek Lake

Hungry Hollow Road (west off Highway 63)
Kirksville, MO 63501


Hazel Creek Lake is located approximately 3 miles north of Kirksville on Highway 63, then 1.5 miles west on Hungry Hollow Road (look for a cantilever sign). The 530 acre lake contains large-mouth bass, muskellunge, channel and blue catfish, and crappie.  The park also offers two boat ramps, a picnic area and restroom facilities.

Forest Lake – Thousand Hills State Park

20431 State Hwy 157
Kirksville, MO 63501


A photograph of morning mist hanging over forest lake

Forest Lake is a 573-acre body of water located within Thousand Hills State Park, and contains large-mouth bass, walleye, channel catfish, and crappie. To facilitate bank angling, there is also a barrier-free fishing dock on the north shoreline. Boat motors are limited to 90 horsepower, and the City of Kirksville requires a permit to operate private boats based on horsepower rating.