Enjoying Free Fishing Days this weekend

It was Free Fishing Days in both Missouri and Iowa this weekend.

It was a big weekend for people to enjoy lakes across the Heartland for free.

People across the state of Missouri had a chance to make a catch this weekend as part of Missouri Department of Conservation Free Fishing Days. This weekend gave people a chance to try fishing without having to buy a permit, especially at Forest Lake at Thousand Hills State Park.

"Statewide fishing is one of the favorite activities by outdoor users. You can do a lot of things while fishing. You can ready a book, get on a boat, have a picnic. You can do all kinds of things to add use to the outdoors," said Marsha Jones of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

For many families, it was a weekend where you can take the kids out to the lake and enjoy nature together.

"My son is really interested in science. He likes to see different animals. Thought I'd bring him out here to see some fish up close. They are having fun," said Brent Nolker who took his kids out fishing at the lake.

For others, it was a weekend to just relax and enjoy a favorite Missouri summer pastime.

"I got a big fish, it was a good size one and a catfish, but it was a little one. When I come out here, I do get a lot of luck," said Stephanie Pate, who caught fish.

The annual Free Fishing Days are always on the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June. So it will be back next year.

It was also free fishing days as well in Iowa this weekend. It started on Friday and lasted until Sunday.