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Free fishing days coming soon

Get the family together, pack a picnic lunch and round up some fishing
tackle. On the first full weekend of June (June 7-8) state fishing
licenses are not required for anyone, anywhere in the state.
"Itís a great opportunity to get everyone together and go fishing," said
David Warren, information and education chief for the Oklahoma Department
of Wildlife Conservation. "It is a great activity for families and friends
and you can make memories that will last a lifetime. One of the reasons we
offer free fishing days is to allow the entire family to get out for a
fishing trip together."

According to Warren, the timing for the Free Fishing Days could not be
any better. Not only do the days coincide with National Fishing and
Boating Week, many of Oklahoma's most sought after fish species, including
bass, catfish and bluegill are active in early June.

"One of the best things about Oklahoma is that no matter where you live
you don't have to travel very far to find some good fishing," Erickson

Although most municipalities, such as Oklahoma City, waive city licenses
in celebration of Free Fishing Days, anglers should check with local
authorities before fishing in city-managed waters. Those headed out for a
trip will want to pick up a copy of the "2003 Oklahoma Fishing Guide"
because all other statewide regulations still apply. Fishing Guides are
available at Department installations and hunting and fishing license
dealers across the state. The regulations are also available on the
Department's Web site which also has information about fishing in Oklahoma
and fishing reports from across the state. To log onto the Wildlife
Department's Web site, go to<.