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A father and son use a rock outcropping for a little family fishing recently in Oklahoma. Free fishing days are scheduled next weekend.

Free fishing days coming up next weekend

Oklahomans looking to try something new with the family this summer may want to give fishing a try. A great time for that will be June 7-8 during Oklahoma's Free Fishing Days, which allow people to fish without state fishing licenses or permits.

"Free Fishing Days gives people a chance to just 'test the waters' and see if they would enjoy the sport," said Ken Cunningham, new assistant chief of fisheries for the Wildlife Department. "We are confident they will."

Urban areas across the state offer angling opportunities through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Close to Home Fishing program, which provides quality fishing opportunities without a long drive from home. Anglers also have access to public lakes, rivers, streams and ponds across the state. People who just don't know where to start can turn to the "Where to Fish" map found in the Wildlife Department's "Oklahoma Fishing" regulations guide, available online at wildlifedepartment.com or where fishing licenses are sold.

Anglers may also sign up to receive the weekly Oklahoma Fishing Report. Compiled by Wildlife Department personnel and independent reporters, the report reveals inside information on the best places to go fishing, when the fish are biting and what baits they are hitting the most. Anglers can have the fishing report e-mailed to them by subscribing wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/fishrpt.htm. 

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