Mark your calendars – Here’s a deal for all you part-time anglers out there (like me) who never know whether this will be the year you actually use your fishing license.
On Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 2017, you won’t need a license to fish any public Kansas waters. That’s right! Free fishing! No license required, no more handing the pole to your kid real quick before the Ranger comes by. (I’m kidding! You would never do that. :))
So where can you fish in Wichita? Well, we have numerous public fishing ponds and lakes in Sedgwick County, or you can visit the bigger lakes in Afton, Cheney, and El Dorado. Obviously, neighborhood ponds are easy to access, but before you drop your line make sure it’s okay to fish there. It often is.
In town, you can fish at Sedgwick County Park and Watson Park. You can find a lot more suggestions and ideas in my article about Where to Fish in Wichita.
The free fishing weekend in Kansas is typically the first full weekend in June each year. For the rest of the year, fishing licenses are required for people 16 and older. You can get fishing licenses at various locations – I usually get mine in the sporting goods department at Walmart.