Fishing permits to be waived statewide starting Friday

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 3/25/20

Residents of Gasconade County and the surrounding area into fishing got some good news yesterday (Tuesday) from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

According to a press release issued …

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Fishing permits to be waived statewide starting Friday

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Residents of Gasconade County and the surrounding area into fishing got some good news yesterday (Tuesday) from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC).

According to a press release issued yesterday, the MDC and the Missouri Conservation Commission announced they are temporarily waiving permit requirements for sport fishing and daily trout tags for Missouri residents and nonresidents whose fishing privileges are not otherwise suspended.

The waiver of needing a permit or trout tag to fish will run from Friday, March 27, through April 15.

After April 15, the MDC will reassess the situation at that point.

All season dates and limits will continue to apply and be enforced.

“The current public-health emergency caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) has many Missourians and others looking for safe ways to get outside in nature,” said MDC Director Sara Parker Pauley. “Missouri’s rivers and streams offer high quality fishing as a way for people to connect with nature while still complying with all health and safety recommendations. Fishing is also a great way to get some much needed physical and mental health benefits during this stressful time.”

Pauley added that it is still critical for everyone to continue to heed all recommendations for hand washing, social distancing, and other public-health measures while fishing and during other outdoor activities, including maintaining at least six feet of distance between all individuals who are not family members.

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