Kids Fishing Days

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A young girl and her dad show off a great catch.
Conservation makes Missouri a great place to fish for more than 1.1 million anglers and is a fun family activity and tradition for many.

Fishing helps kids discover nature and conserve it, too. Help the kids (up to age 15) in your life get hooked on the thrill of fishing. Bring them to a Kids Fishing Days program scheduled at a conservation area or participating location near you.

Kids Fishing Days events are designed to help families and youth groups learn about fish, fish habitat, and fishing techniques. Each program event provides fishing equipment and instruction. All you have to do is bring your kids and plenty of energy!

Check the events calendar below for Kids Fishing Days events scheduled around the state.

Kids Fishing Day Events

Location: Bennett Spring State Park

Date: May 07, 2016 06:30 am - May 07, 2016 08:15 pm

The Missouri Department of Conservation proudly present Kid’s Free Fishing Day, May 7, at Bennett Spring State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Bennett Spring Kid’s Fishing Day. A designated fishing area will be reserved for youths age 15 and under. Limited fishing equipment will be available on a first come basis to borrow so children are encouraged to bring their own. Lunch will be available for the children 15 and younger from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If there are any questions please call the hatchery at 417-532-4418.

Location: Roaring River State Park

Date: May 14, 2016 06:30 am - May 14, 2016 08:15 pm

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day, May 14th, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Roaring River State Park’s Kids’ Fishing Day. At Kids’ Fishing Day, children age 15 and under will be able to pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on the Friday before the event or all day on Saturday. A portion of the fishing area of the park will be reserved for youths age 15 and under. Volunteers will be on hand to help out. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to help kids, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips, and soda will be available 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will be held to show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri Snakes will be given using live specimens. Activities such as critter stamp head bands will also be available. If kids attend three classes they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5:00 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings. Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids Fishing Day, or for more information, please call the Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or email at paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov Fishing starts at 6:30 A.M. and will continue until 8:15 P.M. Come out and enjoy beautiful Roaring River State Park and let the youngsters catch a fish. This event will be held rain or shine. Roaring River State Park is located on Highway 112 about seven miles south of Cassville, Missouri.

Location: Forest Park Hatchery Aquatic Education Area

Date: May 25, 2016 10:00 am - May 25, 2016 12:00 pm

Scope It Out
May 25 • Thursday • 10 a.m.–noon
(Ages 6-12)
Catch an up close view of the plants and animals within the Forest Park prairie. We will venture through the native wildflowers and grasses to collect a few specimens. Using our field scopes, we will uncover and see the natural world at 20X magnification. Dress for the weather and bring a water bottle. This program meets at the Forest Park Hatchery and Educational Fishing Lakes in Forest Park. (Reservations begin May 2.)

Reserve by May 24, 2016

Location: Bass Pro Lake Columbia MO

Date: Jun 11, 2016 09:00 am - Jun 11, 2016 01:00 pm

Missouri Dept.of Conservation in cooperation with Bass Pro Shops, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Services, Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge,and Mexico BassMasters are providing a Free Fishing Day for Kids of all ages, Fishing, Education, and Prizes, and lunch will be provided. Hands on fishing will be available, fishing poles and bait will be provided.

Location: Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

Date: Jun 11, 2016 11:00 am - Jun 11, 2016 01:00 pm

This fishing clinic will give youth an opportunity to learn about the native catfish species of Missouri, their life cycle,and habitat. They will have the opportunity to prepare different bait recipes they can use during the fishing portion of the clinic.

Reserve by Jun 09, 2016

Location: Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park

Date: Jun 21, 2016 10:00 am - Jun 21, 2016 02:00 pm

It Takes Two – Water and Trees
June 21–22 • Tuesday and Wednesday • 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
(Ages 9-13)
This year our mini summer camp will meet at two different places; the Forest Park Hatchery and Kennedy Forest. Activities include fishing, water exploration, forest floor digging and tree/canopy climbing! Participants must sign up for both days, bring a sack lunch, and water bottle. Completed registration, including a waiver and emergency contact sheet, must be received by May 23rd. Completed applicants will then be picked for camp through a lottery system. (Applications available May 4.)

Reserve by Jun 20, 2016

Location: MDC Headquarters, Jefferson City

Date: Jun 25, 2016 10:00 am - Jun 25, 2016 02:00 pm

Kids Fishing Day is intended to help children 15 years of age and younger learn more about fishing and discover nature.

MDC staff and volunteers will be available to teach fishing and help with a day of catch and release fishing.

Free hot dog lunch for all participants!

Fishing equipment and bait will be provided.

For more information or to register contact Branson at Andrew.Brason@mdc.mo.gov or 573-522-4115, ext. 3501.

Reserve by Jun 23, 2016

Location: Roaring River State Park

Date: Aug 20, 2016 07:00 am - Aug 20, 2016 08:00 pm

The Missouri Department of Conservation and The Department of Natural Resources proudly present Kids Fishing Day, August 20, at Roaring River State Park. Young anglers will have opportunities to catch fish and learn about fishing at Roaring River State Park’s Kids’ Fishing Day. At Kids’ Fishing Day, children age 15 and under will be able to pick up free trout tags at the hatchery office any time on the Friday before the event or all day on Saturday. A portion of the fishing area of the park will be reserved for youths age 15 and under. Volunteers will be on hand to help out. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. Parents are welcome to help kids, but only one pole may be used between the helper and the child. Adults are not allowed to fish by themselves. Free hotdogs, chips, and soda will be available 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Education is also part of Kids’ Fishing Day. Throughout the day, seminars will be held on fish cleaning, fish cooking, knife sharpening, knot tying, fly tying and fly casting, how to fish Roaring River, stream biology and other subjects. A hatchery tour will be held to show how trout are raised. A program on Missouri Snakes will be given using live specimens. Activities such as critter stamp head bands will also be available. If kids attend three classes they will be entered into a drawing for prizes. The drawing will be held at 5:00 p.m. Children must be present to win. Classes are also open to the whole family, but only children may enter the drawings. Volunteers are needed to help with this event. Individuals wishing to volunteer do not need to be experienced anglers. If you would like to help out with Kids Fishing Day, or for more information, please call the Roaring River Hatchery at 417-847-2430 or email at paul.spurgeon@mdc.mo.gov
Fishing starts at 7:00 A.M. and will continue until 8:00 P.M. Come out and enjoy beautiful Roaring River State Park and let the youngsters catch a fish. This event will be held rain or shine. Roaring River State Park is located on Highway112 about seven miles south of Cassville, Missouri.